NEW PRODUCT INTRO! “The Stacker” from the Scor-Pal family of products.

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Hello Folks! Scott here with a new post introducing a NEW product coming to us from the Scor-Pal family of products. THE STACKER is a great new tool to organize all your rolls of Scor-Tape and keep them accessible on your craft table! It’s like having a helping hand!

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve misplaced a roll of Scor-Tape on my desk only to find it later hiding under a piece of pattern paper or a stamp set…!

This is a fairly simple idea brought to glorious life by Diana Crick and the folks at Scor-Pal. This will hold any roll of Scor-Tape as well as any other roll of double-sided tape with a 3″ (75mm) core – that means this would hold most larger rolls of foam tape as well! It also sports six little rubberized feet on the bottom so it won’t slide around on your desk!

One of the most interesting things about this new product, is the fact that a stand like this should most likely be weighted – it should have a heavy base so it doesn’t tip over when used. But, in order to save on shipping costs, and keep the price of The Stacker as low as possible, Scor-Pal designed this nifty gadget so we can add our own weight!

NOT using water or other liquids seems like a very good idea…! There are two rubber caps on either side of the center storage bin. Simply open those and fill the inner chambers with whatever you wish (except liquids!). I used some old aquarium gravel that was small enough to fill the chambers. That gave me a nicely weighted tool with little chance of spillage even if tipped over.

I grabbed all the different widths of Scor-Tape rolls in my stash and added them to my weighted Stacker. I was actually able to add a 2.5″ roll, a 1″ roll, a 1/4″ roll and a 1/8″ roll on The Stacker while still having a little room to spare!

I don’t use my 2.5″ roll of Scor-Tape very often, so I decided to put that away in a drawer for safe-keeping and just have my 1″ and smaller tapes on the stand. I found it quite easy to pop the appropriate roll on top of the stack and pull from that when applying my Scor-Tape to my project. I probably use my 1/4″ and 1/8″ widths more than any others, so keeping them on the top should prove to be the most useful to me.

I love the fact that this stand lets me use both hands when applying my Scor-Tape and keeps the roll from moving around on my desk and letting extra tape stick to anything it comes into contact with!

If you happen to be in the middle of taping a number of pieces, I found it quite easy to simply pop the end of my active roll on the top of The Stacker – it’s readily available for the next use and you don’t have to fish around for the beginning of the roll. Once you’re done, it’s simple enough to rewind your extra length of Scor-Tape back onto the roll.

I got a bit of a giggle from the top of The Stacker box. It says “Can’t find the roll of tape on your desk? The Stacker is the Answer!”. When I’m contentedly crafting away, (especially when I have a monthly kit spread out) I often end up losing my most used tools somewhere on my desk as well…! My bone folder, craft knife, poker tool, small fussy-cut scissors, those are the regular tools I misplace most often. The Stacker IS the Answer!

With this central storage compartment built into The Stacker, I have the perfect place to hold my most used tools! It keeps them up and above the chaos on my desk and keeps everything nice and handy. I’ll just have to train myself to remember to put these tools BACK in The Stacker after using them. I’m sure that will soon become second-nature.

I think that just about covers all the cool perks of this newest tool from Scor-Pal! I love having a convenient storage spot for my Scor-tape and crafting tools that is small enough to keep on my desk at all times. I’m thrilled Diana asked me to introduce you to The Stacker!

The Stacker is now available at scor-pal.com. If you’d like one of these handy tools for yourself, you can use my coupon code at scor-pal.com to save 10%: STACKER (all caps!)

Diana has also graciously provided three Stackers for an introductory give-away. To enter, simply leave a comment on my accompanying YouTube video and telling me what your favorite Scor-Pal product is, and WHY it’s your favorite. Here’s the link to The Stacker video: https://youtu.be/gsm3yUCLY0Q I’ll collect entries through July 15th and announce the winners by July 20th. GOOD LUCK TO ALL!

Thanks for sharing your time with me here, please share this post with all the folks who find that having an extra hand at their craft desk is a good thing! Remember to Like me, List me, Pin me, Post me, Share me with all your friends… Don’t forget to grab one of these for yourself, and as always, I wish you Health and Happy Crafting!

10 Cards 1 Kit | My Monthly Hero May 2020 Kit PLUS five envelopes

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Hello Folks! Scott here with my 10 cards (and 5 envelopes!) using the My Month Hero May 2020 Kit. After being on lockdown for a couple months, the Hero Arts staff is slowly getting back to work and trying to catch up on all their orders. I received this kit on Monday, June 15th, so I’m hoping you have your kit in hand already. You may not be able to be with friends and family at the moment, but you can let them know you’re thinking about them by sending a little sunshine their way! This release is all about the act of making and sending handmade greetings to the people you care about. And with this kit, the envelope can be just as cheerful as the card inside! 

Our 6″ x 8″ stamp set includes some rainbows, clouds, suns, banners and a plane with a few sentiments and lots of envelope-appropriate images and sayings. We also get six coordinating frame cuts and eight envelope art icon fancy dies. Since we’re being encouraged to decorate our envelopes, we get five A2 envelopes (for 4.25″x 5.5″ cards) and five A7 envelopes (for 5″ x 7″ cards). Lastly, we are treated to three Karin DécoBrush Metallic Markers in Gold, Pink & Blue.

At first glance, I was concerned that I wouldn’t be able to come up with ten cards using this set, but, armed with my penchant for using every stamp in a set, I persevered! I did think the large unadorned sun might be the most difficult stamp to put to use…

Thinking along the lines of the sun traveling across the sky in the course of a day, I came up with my first card using that great big bold sentiment in our kit. I stamped the suns and the sentiment on Neenah 80# Solar White card stock using VersaFine Onyx Black ink, and colored the suns using my Spectrum Noir Alcohol Markers.

To add a little pop to this sentiment, I ink blended some Broken China Distress Oxide ink through my homemade sunburst stencil – centering that over the sentiment, and used my blending brushes to help avoid the sentiment and the colored suns.

This still needed something else, so I stamped one of the hearts from our stamp set in the middle of the center sun, colored that in with a Ranger Emboss It Pen, and embossed it using some Love From Lizi Lemon Zest Party embossing powder. THERE’S the sunny sparkle this card was asking for! I did add a little sparkle to the other suns with a light touch of my Spectrum Noir Crystal Clear Sparkle pen. I trimmed the stamped panel down to 5 1/8″ x 3 7/8″, added a thin black mat and glued those down to a Yellow card base. The yellow is certainly bright and cheerful, and I really like the simple two-color scheme.

Let’s go ahead and decorate an envelope for this card too! First, I stamped the triple address banner and the “Deliver To” banner on the front, and the “HAPPINESS” sentiment on the back flap. Then, I ink blended the same stencil on the top left fold of the envelope, die-cut the plane from a plain piece of red paper, sketched in some banner ties with a Pigma Micron pen, and glued the die-cut plane to the front.

I’ve never been much of an envelope decorator… I certainly don’t have the calligraphy skills of Kristina Werner, and I’m more than happy if the recipient keeps the card, much less the envelope! And of course, I worry about the wear and tear an envelope goes through as it makes its way through the USPS…! But, I do like the envelope flap sentiments and believe these are my first stamps of that sort!. They’ll get some use I’m sure!

On another “I’ve got too much time on my hands these days” side-note, after watching Sandy Allnock use her Copic Airbrush system numerous times, I remembered that I had an old Paasche air-brush and compressor in storage. Many years ago, I spent a summer air-brushing t-shirts across the Canadian mid-west with my brother who happened to be working with a carnival at the time. I recently purchased a set of Distress Oxide Sprays and thought they might be a good contender to send through the air-brush. I played with those sprays using my airbrush, and soon became confident enough to try it on a card.

I stamped the rainbow, and then using a fussy cut mask of the rainbow, stamped the sun using VersaFine ink on Neenah 80# card stock. I cut another mask of the Sun and placed both masks on the stamping, and airbrushed the sky using Mermaid Lagoon Distress Oxide Spray. That gave me a really nice, smooth gradient that laid down very quickly, and dried almost instantly! I peeled up the masks and colored the pristine white spaces with my alcohol markers. I die-cut the colored panel with a Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangle die, mounted that to a thin white mat and then down to a Blue card base. I stamped the sentiment using VersaMark ink and embossed that with some white embossing powder.

I do have a little problem with this sentiment… rarely is there “always” anything…! And rainbows do not appear “at the end of every rain”. I’m being picky, I know, but, c’mon! Other than that, I love this card a lot! I like adding the big sun stamp to the rainbow with clouds stamp, and I really like this bright pop of colors and the intensely colored sky!

For the envelope, I masked off the bottom of the rainbow clouds and stamped that on the front and the “kindly deliver to:” sentiment in the middle. I colored this rainbow with my Prismacolor Colored Pencils. I stamped the “happy mail” sentiment on the back flap using Candied Apple Distress Oxide ink, and used the MFT Cloud Edges Stencil and some Broken China Distress Oxide ink to ink blend a few clouds on the bottom of the front and back flap. A little more ink blending around the edges and we have a nice coordinating envelope!

I wasn’t sure if this sentiment was meant for an envelope, or for a card, so…

I stamped the plane on some Bristol Smooth card stock and colored it with my Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers, and cut it out with the matching die. I wanted the hearts to match the plane, so I used the same markers to color a gradient swatch on the same card stock and die-cut the hearts using the smallest HA Nesting Heart Infinity die for the smallest heart and the double-heart die from the MMH May ’19 kit for the two larger hearts. Again, I ink blended the MFT Cloud Edges stencil on some Neenah 80# card stock using Broken China Distress Oxide ink, and stamped the sentiment with VersaFine ink and embossed that with some clear embossing powder. I die cut the background panel with a LFSRdie, added a thin black mat and glued those to a white card base. I die-cut nine of the swirly clouds from our kit (the three on top were cut from the airbrushed over-spray scraps) glued three layers together and glued the three clouds to the card front. Finally, I attached the plane and the hearts using foam tape. I really like this card! You can’t go wrong with red, yellow and blue…! And I think the little cloud die-cuts add a fun, whimsical touch.

For this envelope, I grabbed the airplane banner stamp from the MMH July ’18 (Carnival) kit and stamped that on the front with VersaFine ink and Candied Apple DO ink. Again, I ink blended some clouds on the front, and stamped the “to:” and “from:” stamps with more Candied Apple ink. A nice envelope hinting at what’s inside!

Just like the large rainbow stamp, the skinny rainbow only has four separate strips to color… that gave me an idea for this next card.

If I can’t get six colors in my rainbow, then I’ll just get six different colored rainbows! Using my Hero Arts Misti, I stamped this row of rainbows on Neenah 80# card stock by masking off the right cloud, and not inking up the two ‘sparkles’ on the right side of the stamp. I colored the rainbows using gradients of my alcohol markers. I printed this sentiment (one of my favorite rainbow sentiments of all time) directly on the card panel using the Smoothie Shoppe font, and trimmed the panel down to 5 3/8″ x 4 1/8″ and mounted that to a Gina K. Designs Sea Glass card base. I colored the larger stamped diamonds between the rainbows with the Metallic Blue Karin marker, stamped the diamond to the left of the sentiment using the Metallic Gold marker, and stamped the two ‘sparkles’ using the Metallic Pink marker. Lastly I added two strips of blue glitter card stock from my scrap drawer above and below the rainbows. Just the right touch!

I really like this matching envelope! I stamped the rainbows on the left side and colored them with my colored pencils. I stamped the “WARNING” sentiment on the back flap, and die-cut 7 clouds from masking paper, attached those to the front and ink blended Broken China DO ink from the right to the left. I think I’m getting a little better at this envelope decoration thing…!

I grabbed another one of my airbrushed panels for this next card.

This one is for all my crafty friends living in the American SouthWest! The background is airbrushed with Fossilized Amber, Spiced Marmalade, and Fired Brick Distress Oxide sprays. This colored gradient could turn me into an airbrush junkie! I LOVE IT! The ‘Monument Valley’ silhouette at the bottom is the negative die-cut of Venice from our MMH April ’19 Kit (still available!) cut from dark grey card stock and turned upside down. This sentiment is from an old Stamping’ Up! “Sky is the Limit” set stamped in VersaFine ink and clear embossed. I die-cut that panel and a black mat, with HA Nested Oval Infinity dies and glued those down to a white card base. I die-cut the three hot-air balloons from some Hero Hues Pitch Black card stock and colored them all with the Karin Metallic Decobrush pens. Lastly, I attached the balloons with some foam tape with the top one breaking the frame a little bit. Many of my southwestern friends mention the prevalence of hot-air ballooning in the SouthWest, and I think this card perfectly captures that.

This envelope goes back to the MMH July 18 (Carnival) Kit again. I had a precut mask created to mask off the long Carnival stamp from that kit. I use those masks and ink blended Frayed Burlap and Squeezed Lemonade Distress Oxide inks on the bottom of the envelope front. I stamped the small balloon from that Kit with VersaFine ink and colored it with my colored pencils. I really like this matching envelope too!

I did consider making these five cards and five envelops be my whole 10C1K post for this kit, but there were still more stamps and dies I wanted to use… and had a few ideas for…

Back to regular ink-blending again… this is a really beautiful gradient on the background and makes me question the hassle of using my airbrush…! Hmmmm… This background is brush-blended with Picked Raspberry, Candied Apple and Fired Brick Distress Oxide inks. I did cut a heart mask (smaller than the sentiment heart) and attached that to Neenah 80# card stock to help me create this gradient in the shape of the heart. I used a SSS Falling Hearts stencil to emboss the white hearts on that background, added a thin black mat and glued both to a white card base. I stamped the (seemingly intended for envelopes) “Handle with care”, the lightning bolts and small heart on more Neenah 80# card stock and printed the “life is fragile” portion using the American Typewriter font and the Dream State font. I die-cut that with a HA Nesting Hearts Infinity die, colored everything with my colored pencils, added a little Fimo heart embellishment to the top left, and inked a little Candied Apple Distress Oxide ink around the edges. I mounted the completed heart to the card front with foam tape. This card feels especially topical these days… as we have learned and often experienced first-hand, life is indeed FRAGILE!

I still have that ‘snail mail’ stamp and snail die to use… let me see…

We have to have a Birthday Card this month! I was wondering how to use the snail die in our kit, and came up with this partial die-cut snail border – really cute…! I cut a piece of Neenah 80# card stock to 1.75″ x 5.5″, cut a simple ground mat from a piece of Post-it tape, and ink blended Antique Linen Distress Oxide ink for the ground, and Broken China for the sky. I glued that to my black snail border piece and trimmed the bottom to make a thin mat. I printed this sentiment on a Kraft card base using the American Typewriter font, and glued my matted piece to the card base. I stamped the snail on a scrap of Bristol Smooth card stock, colored that with my Zig markers, cut it out with the matching die, and mounted it to the card with foam tape. I added a little dashed trail with a Pigma Micron Pen and I have a belated Happy Birthday card with an implied excuse!

We received two paper airplane dies in this kit. One was pretty obvious on its own, but the other was just pieces of the plane with no background for them. Hmmmmm…

I made a background stencil with the separate pieces airplane die! And a bit of a pun!

I started playing around with that die and figured out a nice pattern for a stencil. I die-cut all these paper airplanes from a 4.5″ x 6″ piece of 140# card stock. I ink blended Broken China Distress Oxide ink through that stencil onto a panel of Gina K. Designs Sea Glass card stock using my blending brushes.

I printed this sentiment on the stenciled background using the Britannic Bold font. I die-cut the background with a LFSRdie, added a thin black mat and glued them down to a white card base. I die-cut six of the paper airplanes and glued three of them together to make two chunky planes. I added a light touch of alcohol marker for a little definition on each plane. I die-cut the rainbow stripes on the cloud/rainbow art icon fancy die from HA Pitch Black card stock and arranged all the black rainbow pieces to be my “flying trails” for the two planes. I added two LFL Denim Blue Mirror Pin Stripe peel offs to the top and bottom for a little shine, and mounted both planes at the end of their trails with foam tape. I’m really thrilled with this stencil (I will definitely keep it!) and feel like I got a really fun, cohesive and punny card using just those three dies! You ARE awesome!

The “HELLO” banner die cut and the stamp banner die cut didn’t really go together – The HELLO had fish tails on both ends, and the stamp banner die only had one… It took a little finagling and some partial die-cutting, but I managed to get them to work together!

I stamped the plane on a panel of Bristol Smooth card stock and colored that with my Zig markers. I ink blended the MFT Cloud Edges stencil above and below the plane with Broken China DO ink. I trimmed that panel down to 4″ x 5.25″ and glued that to a card-sized piece of Gina K Sea Glass card stock and then down to a white card base. I die cut two stitched clouds from 80# Neenah card stock using My Favorite Things Stitched Cloud Edges die, trimmed them to fit the card front, and stamped this sentiment from the HA Many Everyday Messages stamp set using Wilted Violet Distress Oxide ink on the bottom cloud piece and added some clear embossing to that for a little shine. I glued the top and bottom edges of those cloud die cuts to the card front and used some foam squares to add some dimension to the stitched edges.

I die-cut the HELLO die from a piece of dark green card stock and carefully placed the stamp banner die over that (they do have the same curvature, just not the same ends) and did some partial die-cutting to avoid the flat end of the stamp banner die. I then fussy cut that right end of the HELLO die, glued it to a scrap of orange card stock and fussy cut the orange backing around the green frame. Looks like they were meant to go together! Lastly, I mounted that banner to the card front with foam tape. I really like the double clouds and the added dimension that gives this card. Doesn’t seem like I can make it through a 10C1K post these days without doing a “miss you” card… A sign of the times!

I still have the two flower stamps and the smiling sun stamp left to use…!

I stamped the two two flower stamps on some Neenah 80# card stock using a Gina K. Designs Wreath Builder template and then stamped the smiling sun in the middle. I added some leaves to this wreath using a stamp from the MMH April ’19 Kit (still available!) – I thought their curly stems echoed the curly cheeks on the sun. I colored everything with my Spectrum Noir alcohol markers and turned to my Silhouette Software to create this sentiment. This is printed on the colored panel using the Typewriter Hand font and the Dream State font. I trimmed my panel to 4 1/8″ x 5 3/8″ and glued that down to an orange card base. For a final touch, I added some Colorful Confetti sequins and some Moonshine Confetti sequins for a bit of sunshiny sparkle and extra color. “You are my sunshine, my only sunshine. You make me happy, when skies are grey.” Yes you do!!

That wraps up my 10 Cards 1 Kit post using the My Monthly Hero May 2020 kit! I did manage to use every single stamp in this stamp set and almost all of the dies. I used the Karin markers (I do think those are meant more for calligraphy than coloring) and all five of the A2 envelopes.

This is a fun, colorful assortment of cards with lots of practical sentiments and some matching envelopes as well! When I started, I never thought I’d be able to come up with such a variety of cards this month! This kit is still available at Hero Arts if I’ve managed to ignite your imagination or you need some fun envelope stamps to help cheer any and all recipients. I don’t know if this has changed my mind about decorating envelopes, but I will certainly put these envelope stamps to some good use. Please use my links when you do go shopping at Hero Arts. It is truly appreciated and helps me a great deal as I patiently wait to go back to work. LINKS: Hero Arts online and the MMH May 2020 Kit.

Thank you so much for sharing your time with me here. I hope I’ve managed to spread a little cheer in your life today. As our states start opening up again, please remember to stay safe out there! Remember to wear a mask, keep away from large groups in enclosed spaces, keep washing your hands and take care of yourselves and others! Please Like me, List me, Pin me, Post me, share me with all your friends, Don’t touch your face! Not yet!! And as always, I wish you happy crafting!

Unboxing! Love From Lizi July 2020 “Love You Always” Card Kit

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Hello Folks! Scott here unboxing the new Love From Lizi July 2020 Card Kit! Just in time for a nice mid-summer break in your craft room with lots of florals, vintage prints and some beautifully detailed stamps.

This kit comes in a large 12″ x 12″ boy which usually means we get some 12″ x 12″ cut-apart sheets – but let’s start with our card stocks first.

As usual, we get five sheets of 8.5″ x 11″ card stock. This month we have a sheet of super-smooth alcohol marker-friendly White, Dark Grey, Warm Pink, Blush Pink, and Jet Black card stocks. That Warm Pink was featured in the June kit as well! sigh…

That brings us right to our three 12″ x 12″ card stock sheets – this is really nice, thick card stock – must be at least 100# if not more! This first sheet features lots of foliage and flowers and four vintage mailboxes. Kind of an ephemera sheet, except you’ll have to cut out all the images yourself. These are double sided as well…!

The back of out first sheet is a soft distressed beige with an almost imperceptible post mark on the top right corner. If you’re not in the mood to fussy-cut, then this makes for some perfectly subtle backgrounds!

Our second sheet combines the foliage with the mailboxes for these colorful garlands large enough to stand by themselves (maybe with a sentiment) on the front of a card.

On the back of the garland cut-apart sheet is this soft green bead-board paneling perfect as a background for any floral image!

Our last sheet is an actual cut-apart sheet with a couple of 4″ x 6″ full card panels – the bottom right one is perfect for an envelope – three 4″ x 4″ panels, and four 3″ x 4″ panels with more of the florals, mailboxes and even a sentiment thrown in for good measure.

The back-side of our third sheet is this photo-realistic wall of bricks. Looks terrifically real in this picture! I like the irregular size of these bricks… casual, but sturdy!

We do get twelve sheets of 6″ x 6″ patter paper in our kit this month. These are double-sided pattern papers – with the top row of florals (and a mini cut-apart sheet) contrasted with the second row of more subtle patterns on their backs. Obviously some of the same patterns and layouts from the 12×12 sheets.

Our peel offs this month are a new color in the Straight line – Mint Glitter – these are slightly transparent, so they should pick up whatever color they are applied to. We also get a sheet of stickers featuring a number of sentiments, smaller floral arrangements, and even some short banner flags cut from the garland of foliage across the center.

Our 4″ x 6″ “Love You Always” stamp set features two detailed flower arrangements. The top left arrangement appears to be in an old milk can and the bottom arrangement is in a round, clear glass vase. Those are complimented with a couple small florals, a three-bloom branch and a sprig of greenery. The sentiments are ” Thinking of you”, “Love you always”, “Thank you”, and “Here for you”. Perfect sentiments for these crazy times. I’m looking forward to coloring these stamps!

And that brings us to our Embellishment Bag! We get a new bottle of Nuvo Crystal Drops in Morning Dew. Though this looks white in the bottle, these crystal drops dry clear! We get two dies this month: a very detailed profile of a butterfly, and a cute little windmill (did I see some tulips somewhere?).

We also get three wooden heart-shaped buttons, 5 mini-clothespins, 5 black satin bows, five wood-veneer die cuts and the sampler pack of “Love You Always” sequins with gold, pink, black and oyster sequins in various sizes. We also get a 1 meter length of five 1/8″ satin ribbons in Green, Peach, Black (same as the bows) White and Pale Blue. Enough goodies to keep any crafter occupied for a while!

That covers all the contents of the kit, but there’s a lot of add-ons and releases this month!

We have two featured peel off bundles for our kit this month! The Pin Stripe Bundle with Mint, Ice, Pink and White (perfect colors of this kit!) and the Variety Bundle with Black Straight, Fuchsia Sway, Apple Green Mirror Straight, and a NEW peel off shape: Mini Hearts in Gold Mirror. (More to come on that new shape!)

There are three different Sticker Pack add-ons for this kit… I got the “Circles and Sentiments” sticker add-on and the NEW add-on stamp set: “Just Because”. This 4″ x 6″ stamp set has two more floral arrangements and four sentiments: “While we are far apart, you are always in my heart”, “Just Because”, “Greetings”, and “Hello”. Again, these florals are just begging for some color and the sentiments are certainly useful.

One of the big new releases this month is these new shapes in the LFL Peel off line!

Three new shapes: Mini Hearts, Mini Circles, and Mini Stars! All of them feature three different sizes and are currently available in Silver, Gold, Black, White, Silver Mirror, Gold Mirror, Silver Glitter, Gold Glitter, Black Glitter, Clear Iridescent Glitter, and Clear Iridescent Pink Glitter. I think these are going to be very popular, and I, personally, can’t wait till Lizi comes out with more colors!

For those of you who missed out on the “Safe and Sound” kit from June, You’ll ne happy to know that Lizi has released most of the items from that kit! The “Safe and Sound” Stamp Kit and Coordinating Dies, the add-on “Can’t Wait to See You” stamp set, the “Safe and Sound” Ephemera Pack, the “Safe and Sound” Sentiment Die Set, the “Safe and Sound” Premium Pattern Paper Pack, and the useful with ANY card kit, Lizi’s Sticky Insert notes. You can almost assemble a complete June Kit with all these items now available!

Of course, Lizi’s kits generally sell out quickly, so if I’ve managed to catch your eye, then grab a kit for yourself right away! Better yet, become a subscriber and never miss out on these beautiful, bountiful card kits! If you do go shopping with Lizi, please use my links… I can always use the support! Love From Lizi July 2020 Card Kit THANK YOU so much for sharing your time with me, and remember to Like me, List me, Pin me, Post me, Share me with all your friends, Don’t touch your face…!(I know!) and as always, Happy Crafting!

10 Cards 1 Kit | Love From Lizi June 2020 Card Kit

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Hello Folks! Scott here with my 10 Cards 1 Kit post featuring the Love From Lizi June 2020 “Safe and Sound” Card Kit. This kit brings back the beloved Eyelash Girls and all the items included are EXCLUSIVE to Love From Lizi – you can’t get these goodies anywhere else!

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As usual, I do take the 5 sheets of colored card stock in the kit and make my ten A2 card bases (4.25″ x 5.5″) from those. I have always enjoyed Lizi’s decoupage sheets, and this kit featured 3 different decoupage scenes on one large sheet of card stock. Usually, this European version of decoupage (you use foam squares to layer everything together) has the individual pieces already die-cut, but due to pandemic restrictions and time constraints, this set is NOT die-cut. IMG_7630That means you have to break out your fussy cutting scissors or craft knifes and cut out all the pieces yourself. I know this will deter some folks, IMG_7634but I love using my craft knife, and, sometimes, machine die-cutting isn’t all that perfect. So, I actually enjoy making sure that all the cut out pieces are precisely trimmed when assembling. I LOVE all the dimension that these four layers create! 

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My first card features that terrific decoupage piece in a little interior scene. I cut a 4.25″ x 5.5″ piece of the printed vellum from the kit, and ran it through my Zyron Sticker maker and glued it to a matching piece of white card stock. The printing on that vellum really stands out on a white background, and I wanted to tone it down a little bit, so I glued another piece of plain vellum from my stash over the top. I die-cut the floor and baseboard from white card stock with my new Penny Black Wood Floors die and colored them with my Spectrum Noir alcohol markers. I temporarily attached those pieces on my background, and die-cut that with a Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangle die. Then I permanently glued the floor down, added three strips of scrap white card stock behind the baseboard, and glued that in place too.  I mounted the whole background to a thin black mat and used my ATG gun to glue the background to the Teal Blue card base – Lizi called this Jade Green in her unboxing (as did I) but it sure seems to me to be much more blue than green!. 

I fussy cut the white border away from this window ephemera piece and glued that flat to my background, and mounted the decoupage chair to the front with some foam tape. I stamped the sentiment on a scrap of white card stock using VersaFine Onyx Black ink, and did some partial die-cutting with a LFSRD to cut it to size. Lastly, I mounted the sentiment piece to the card front with more foam tape, and added a dot of the Double Denim Nuvo drops. This was probably the easiest decoupage scene to cut out, and I adore the 3D effect it creates. I love this peaceful, socially isolating, greeting card.

Let’s move on to the the “Safe and Sound” stamp set!

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I think this simple card speaks volumes! I stamped this on Lizi’s Super Smooth White alcohol marker-friendly card stock using VersaFine Onyx Black ink, colored it with my Spectrum Noir alcohol markers, and cut it out with the included matching die. I wasn’t very pleased with how I colored the sky through the window (probably because I made the curtain blue too…!) so I fussy cut the window panes away from the stamp, and glued a piece of the printed acetate from our kit behind the window openings. That printed pattern on the acetate sheet provides a nice variety of colors in the sky, and also adds a reflection to the ‘glass’ portions of the window!

I ran a piece of our green ribbon through my Zyron Sticker maker and glued it along the left side of a white card base. I stamped the sentiment directly on the card front with the same ink, and added a couple more Nuvo Drops to either side of that. I added the stamped and colored window scene using foam tape, and that created some interesting shadows behind the window. Love this card very much… maybe it’s just that orange cat…!!

I did stamp both of the large image stamps at the same time… this is the second one…

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The images were stamped, colored and die-cut just like the last card, and I did add a dotty/starry pattern to the pillow with a white gel pen. I used the Penny Black Wood Floors die again to make the floor and baseboard. I die-cut a scrap of white card stock with a 3″ Darice Nesting Squares die, drew in some “wallpaper stripes” on that with my alcohol markers, attached the floor and baseboard and trimmed them down to size.

I matted that piece on a 3.25″ square of pattern paper from our kit, and mounted both to a thin white mat (3.3/8″ square). This sentiment is from the “Can’t wait to see you” add-on stamp set – currently sold-out, but Lizi is expecting a new batch to arrive in time for your July boxes! I did a little stamp surgery on the sentiment and split it into two pieces, then stamped that on the Navy Blue card base using VersaMark ink, and embossed that with White embossing powder. I attached my background square using my ATG adhesive, and added the die-cut stamps using foam tape. I particularly like the matching bows on our Eyelash Girl and her cat!

I was having a hard time envisioning how to use these pattern papers in this kit… most had very specific and large images that almost told a story all by themselves. I found them to be a little busy behind the stamped images or ephemera pieces, so I thought of another way to use them that would minimize the pattern while retaining the great colors!

I made some rosettes! I’ve never made rosettes before! I LOVE this! Each rosette is made with two 1″ strips of pattern paper scored at every 1/4″. I did find that folding these rosettes was easier when I reversed my score lines front to back. So, instead of just scoring straight across at every quarter inch, on one strip I scored the front side at every 1/4″ and 3/4″, and then flipped the strip over and scored the back at every 1/2″ and full inch. I did the opposite (front every 1/2″ and full inch, and the back every 1/4″ and 3/4″) on the second strip so the ends would match up and I wouldn’t have to trim off any ‘excess’ folds. Fold both strips in an accordion fashion and squeeze tight to reinforce the creases. I glued the ends together with Scor-Tape, flattened the rosettes out, and attached them to a scrap circle of card stock using more Scor-tape to hold the rosettes flat. There is a fairly detailed How-To on my accompanying YouTube video if you’d like to see how I made these gorgeous rosettes! I know there are a number of “Rosette Dies” out there, but it was extremely gratifying to make these from scratch!

I glued the rosettes directly to the Pink card base, and added the glitter enamel dots to their centers. We don’t have pink enamel dots in this kit but we did get some in the September 2019 kit! This sentiment is one of our die-cuts included in this kit and I die-cut the words from the Dark Blue Pearlescent card stock (from the Safe and Sound Pearlescent Card Stock bundle add-on) and cut the shadow from some plain vellum. I glued those together and then down to the bottom rosette. I glued two of the sitting Eyelash Girl ephemera pieces together for a little extra rigidity and glued those on top of the rosettes. I added some pink sequins from our sequin mix to the card front and rounded the right corners with my Corner Chompers. I LOVE those rosettes and I think they help make this a particularly stunning card! Even in pink!

There are SO MANY ephemera pieces in this kit, and some are quite large, so I thought I’d continue playing with those pieces and see if I can make a dent in their numbers!

I found some purple card stock in my stash that matched the purple sky in this window almost perfectly! I die cut that with a LFSRD, and matted that on a thin white mat and then down to the other Navy Blue card base. I stamped the sentiment (again from the “Can’t wait to see you” stamp set) and the hearts (from the kit stamp set) on the background using VersaMark ink and embossed them all in white. I added the ephemera piece with foam tape and added some Purple Mirror Pin-Stripe peel offs (from the Safe and Sound Pin Stripe peel off pack) under the sentiment for a touch of shine.

There is a stamp of this scene in the “Can’t wait to see you” stamp set, but it is SO detailed that I shrunk from having to color that stamp and went to this ephemera piece instead! I like this one because our Eyelash Girl is drinking champagne as opposed to the stamp Girl who is having tea and cookies…! Seems much more appropriate to be having a toast with some alcohol! I also like the robe on this Girl which says “Today I’ll do nothing.” Very appropriate and I really like all the matching purples!

Talking about cookies…

Ain’t it the truth! A fun Valentine for any cookie addict! I stamped the cookie LOVE stamp from the add-on stamp set all over the front of a Deep Purple card base using VersaMark ink for a subtle yet recognizable pattern behind our cookie ephemera! I fussy cut the white borders from the cookie ephemera pieces and added them to the card front with foam tape. I printed this sentiment using my Silhouette Software and the Marker Felt font. I printed that on a piece of photo paper for some added shine, trimmed it down to size and mounted that to the card front with some foam tape. I finished this card by adding some glitter to the frosting on all the cookies using a Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pen. It took me a little while to figure out that the circle cookie actually has eyelashes and lips… so I adjusted its position once I realized that! Cute! A sweet Valentine that has nothing to do with social distancing, quarantines, or isolation. Kind of a relief – I was getting a little depressed there…!

Since we can’t see her face, I thought the Eyelash Girl reclining on a pillow and reading a book could easily be a younger person.

For this background, I took the wide pink stripes from the striped pattern paper and glued them together on top of a 1 3/4″ wide strip of the pink accoutrements pattern paper. I ran two pieces of the pink ribbon through my Zyron sticker maker and glued those down to the left side of the Pink card front so the outside edges were 2″ apart, and glued the pink pattern paper strips on top of the ribbons.

I mounted this big ephemera piece using foam tape and turned to my Silhouette Software to print this encouraging sentiment. I printed this on a scrap of pink card stock (YES… I have SOME pink card stock in my stash!) using the Noteworthy font, and cut it down to a foldable banner shape. I mounted the banner with foam tape behind the center and glued the ends down to the card base. A few sequins from our sequin mix and some sparkle pen on the two bows adds a respectable amount of glitter and shine. A perfect gift card to accompany the gift of a book for your favorite young bibliophile!

Using my own sentiments with these cards certainly cheered me up… let’s do more!

This is a great quote from C.S Lewis that promotes reading, but also speaks a little bit to our current circumstances. Kind of a middle ground here! Using my piggy-back printing method, I printed this sentiment directly on my other Teal Blue card base using the Noteworthy font again. I cut a piece of our printed vellum to 3.75″ x 4.25″, ran it through my Zyron sticker maker and glued it to the top of the card front. I trimmed out a strip of the faux blue glitter from the striped pattern paper and glued it to the bottom of the vellum as a baseboard. I mounted both ephemera pieces with some foam tape and added a touch of a shadow under both with a light grey alcohol marker. A couple of Nuvo drops to highlight the sentiment and we have another terrific card for any avid reader!

We have that one ephemera cat that is lounging on the back of an armchair or sofa…

I put on MY thinking cat and thought of a little pun! LOL! I printed this sentiment piggy-back style on a White card base using the Noteworthy font once more. This makes me giggle! This card features a big rosette using the dark blue pattern paper. This rosette is assembled the same as the smaller ones, but the two strips of pattern paper are 1.75″ wide. There is a lot of tension on the outside ends of this piece, so I added a little liquid glue to the seams to help hold the edges together.

I fussy cut the white border away from the bottom of the cat ephemera piece and positioned her on top of the Eyelash Girl’s head so the white border would continue around the outside of both pieces. Some strategically placed foam tape and glue attached the “thinking cat” to her head. I glued the rosette to the card front and the thinking cat girl on top of the rosette. A few Nuvo drops highlight the sentiment, and HOORAY! We have a pun!!! I had to dig pretty deep for this great groaner of a pun, but I like it a lot! I’m sure cat fanciers would get a big kick out of this card!

I shared this little stamped scene on Facebook and Instagram, for a little sneak peek…

This one makes me laugh out loud! The easy chair and books are from the “Can’t wait to see you” add-on stamp set stamped with Onyx black ink on Bristol Smooth card stock and colored with my Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers. I sketched in the little bookshelf using Pigma Micron pens and tried to stay true to the spirit of the original stamp illustrations. I think it looks like it belongs! Once the whole scene was colored. I die-cut it with a 4″ x 2.75″ LFSRD.

I took more of the striped pattern paper (denuded of the pink) and glued them together for the background – that came out just under 3.25″ (x 5.5″). I glued the pattern paper to my last Deep Purple card base, added Purple Mirror peel offs to the top and bottom edges, and camouflaged the skinny pink stripe towards the top of the pattern paper with a wider peel off.

I printed this sentiment just like the cookie card sentiment and mounted that and my stamped scene to the card front using foam tape. I LOVE this card! Not only did it give me a much needed laugh, but I also really like this scene! I think the books on the floor and the bookshelf in the back really adds depth and dimension!

That’s my 10 Cards form the Love From Lizi June 2020 Safe and Sound Card Kit!

What started out a little bit depressing, became much more fun as I worked my way through these 10 cards! I might have dropped into a depression coma if all of my cards were about staying safe and how much I miss you!! This is a nice assortment including some encouragement cards, a valentine and thinking of you cards and some cards for the bibliophile in all of us! Let me know which card(s) are your favorites!

Naturally, I have gobs of supplies left over! I did manage to use all of the image stamps in our Safe and Sound Stamp set but not all of the sentiments. I used some of the vellum and acetate, I used six different pattern papers, a good amount of ephemera (tons more left over) and a little bit of everything in our embellishment bag! I also managed to use some of the stamps in the add-on set, and some peel offs from the add-on peel of pack. I think the only thing in this kit I didn’t use was the Fuchsia Pink Straight peel offs!

This kit has sold out already – most of Lizi’s kits do! The “Can’t wait to see you” add-on stamp set has been re-ordered and should be available again in time for inclusion with Lizi’s July kit. If you want this stamp set for yourself, I might suggest you sign up to be notified when it comes back in stock! If you don’t want to miss out on any of these over-stuffed card kits, I would highly recommend becoming a subscriber! If you do go shopping with Lizi, please use my links! It is always dearly appreciated, and helps support this site! Thank you! Love From Lizi: https://shrsl.com/1yyuw Can’t wait to see you Stamp Set: https://shrsl.com/2b0iq US and Canada Subscriptions: https://shrsl.com/23usr United Kingdom Subscriptions: https://shrsl.com/2b1ev European Union Subscriptions: https://shrsl.com/2b1es The Rest of the World Subscriptions: https://shrsl.com/2b1ey

Thank you so much for sharing your time with me here! I appreciate your support and love being able to share some ideas with you! Remember to Like me, List me, Pin me, Post me, Share me with all of your friends, please keep yourselves and your loved ones Safe and Sound, and as always, Happy Crafting!!

Unboxing! Love From Lizi June 2020 “Safe and Sound” Card Kit

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Hello Folks! Scott here with the new Love From Lizi June 2020 Card Kit! Due to some supplier delays, this release is about 9 days late, but just in time for us to take a look and join in on the fun before Lizi starts shipping June 2nd!

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This is another EXCLUSIVE Love From Lizi kit featuring her beloved Eyelash Girls and simply chock full of supplies to help us wile away the hours during these crazy times!

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Our five sheets of 8.5″ x 11″ card stocks include this lovely Deep Purple, Jade Green, Navy Blue, Pink (naturally..!) and a sheet of super smooth alcohol marker-friendly White.

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We also get two 8.5″ x 11″ specialty card stock which include a sheet of acetate with the pink, blue, and yellow swipes and a sheet of vellum with bouquets of flowers on a striped background. Note that both of those are on top of a sheet of white paper so they would photograph well. And we get a big sheet of decoupage featuring the Eyelash Girls! This features three scenes with four layers each. Usually Lizi’s decoupage sheets are die-cut but this set is not! Time to break out our fussy cutting scissors and craft knives!

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Then we are treated to 14 sheets of 6″ x 6″ pattern papers in a great assortment of colors again starring the Eyelash Girls. These are 200GSM heavyweight card stock single-sided sheets with an assortment of icons big and small. and a good smattering of pink!

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That brings us to our peel offs and stamp set with matching dies! Fuchsia Pink Straight peel offs compliment this kit perfectly and are a new color in the “Straight” peel off family! The Safe and Sound Stamp Set has two large stamps with one Eyelash Girl peering out of a window with her cat, and another lounging on a big pillow while reading a book. A smaller cat, cup, and heart round out the icons, and there are five sentiments in this set as well. “Stay safe and sound”, “Cozy living”, “Enjoy the Quiet”, “Missing you”, and “Enjoy your you time”. AND matching dies that will die-cut all of the images in this stamp set! I can’t wait to do some coloring with these stamps!

For those of us who LOVE ephemera, Lizi has given us a bunch of colorful pieces that are so big they wouldn’t fit in the embellishment bag!

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In fact, I couldn’t fit them all in one photo! WOW! At first glance, there may appear to be duplicates, but if you look closely, you’ll notice that the hair colors are different, or the skin colors are different, or the composition is different. A great variety of ephemera pieces here – maybe you can match the Eyelash Girls to your card recipients!

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I told you there were a lot! Here we have four different flower bunches in three sizes each, and more accoutrements to embellish many, many cards! More than 60 pieces!

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And finally we get to open the embellishment bag itself! There’s a sheet of glitter enamel dots in five colors and three different sizes. A new bottle of Nuvo Crystal Drops in Double Denim, a full meter length of five 3/8″ satin ribbons in pink, purple, sky blue, green, and yellow, a sample pack of the Safe and Sound sequin mix, and four sentiment dies WITH matching shadow dies! There’s “Love & miss you”, “Love you”, “Stay Safe”, and “miss you”. Last, but NOT least we get this pack of sticky notes for the inside of your cards. On the bottom of each note is printed “I made you this card with love and hope you enjoy it. My greeting is on this sticky note so you can peel it off and reuse the card to brighten someone else’s day.” LOVE THAT! Certainly a great idea to help spread the love around!

I did manage to snag a few add-ons this month, including TWO peel off bundles!

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The Safe and Sound peel off pack has a sheet of Straight Pink Holographic, Straight Ice Blue, Sway Silver Glitter and Pin stripe Brown mirror peel offs.  The Safe and Sound Pin stripe peel off pack has Fuchsia Pink, Mauve Moondust, Purple and Lilac Mirror peel offs. An Lizi has an add-on “Can’t wait to see you” stamp set with two more Eyelash Girls isolating at home. There is the one reading with her cat in a big overstuffed chair, and one stretching it out on her sofa! There’s also a couple of books, and a lamp and three more sentiments – the fun “LOVE” sentiment with a donut for the “o”, “Can’t wait to see you”, and “Sending love from my home to yours”. If you like Lizi’s Eyelash Girls you will want to add this stamp set to your stash!

That covers everything I received in my Love From Lizi June 2020 Card Kit! Of course, Lizi has more add-ons and new releases this month. Of special interest would be the stamps, pattern papers, ephemera and embellishments featured in last July’s Summer Fruits Card Kit! If you missed out on that kit, now is your chance to grab those fun bikini-clad Eyelash Girls for yourself! If you do go shopping at Love From Lizi, please use my links! It is always graciously appreciated! Love From Lizi,   Love From Lizi June 2020 Card Kit,   Safe and Sound peel off pack,   Safe and Sound Pin stripe peel off pack,   “Can’t wait to see you” stamp set,

Lizi’s kit usually sell out very quickly, so If this kit tickles your fancy, I would suggest grabbing one right away! If you don’t want to risk missing out, you can subscribe to the monthly kits here: Canada & US, The European Union,  The United Kingdom,  and The Rest of the World.

Thank you so much for spending a little time with me here! Keep an eye out for my 10 Cards 1 Kit post and video featuring this kit, and please remember to Like me, List me, Pin me, Post me, Share this post with all your friends (and enemies!), Don’t touch your face…! And as always, Happy Crafting!!

Altenew Open Bloom Die Set and Gradient Cardstock How-to!

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Hello Folks! Scott here with a bit of a diversion for you (and me!!) Due to the pandemic and lockdown restrictions, Hero Arts and Love From Lizi are falling behind with their ability to ship their kits out to us. Hero Arts is coming back to work (in limited numbers) this week, so kits should start moving from there, and Lizi is having supply problems, but she hopes to have her release and begin shipping by the first of June.

So, with no new kits on my desk, I thought I would play around with some new product I bought from Altenew and see what I could come up with!

Last year, Screen Shot 2020-05-26 at 2.18.58 PMAltenew came out with six Gradient Cardstock Sets – eights 3″x 6″ sheets of each color grouped in gradient sets. Now, I’m not a big collector of cardstock, and don’t have bunches of colors in my stash, but these sets really caught my eye when they were released. Naturally, they sold out almost instantly, so, I dutifully asked to be notified when this set was back in stock, and lustily bought the whole set as soon as it was available!

Altenew has aways been known for their beautiful layered floral stamps, and I believe these packs were created to compliment Altenew’s growing collection of “3D Die sets“. I didn’t have any of those in my stash, , so when I bought the cardstock, I sprung for the Open Bloom 3D Die Set.

 

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I liked this die set quite a lot and thought it would be pretty versatile in the long haul! I dug right in and created a card right away! This card features two Shades of Purple blooms and one Summer Afternoon bloom along with the leaves cut from the Green Meadows set. IMG_7426The sentiment is from the Altenew Penned Rose Stamp Set stamped on a piece of the lightest Summer Afternoon cardstock using Versafine Onyx Black ink, die cut with a Lawn Fawn Everyday Sentiment Banners die, and lightly inked on the edges with Fossilized Amber Distress Oxide ink. Let’s do one more card like this and I can show you some details and tips!

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Looking closely at the layering instructions included in the packaging, I realized that there are actually seven dies that make this bloom. The bottom, smaller three assemble to make the front petal, and are thus cut from the same colors. The first and last die here (largest and (almost) smallest) are the same color, so I thought I might be able to die cut the single petal piece from the middle of the large background piece, Screen Shot 2020-05-26 at 2.24.27 PMand have the resulting hole covered by the second layer of card stock. Screen Shot 2020-05-26 at 2.26.25 PMSure enough, that worked beautifully, and that little trick will help me conserve on cardstock!

Here are my seven pieces of the die cut from the Cherry Blossom Gradient Cardstock set.

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The top four pieces were very easy to glue together – matching their edges makes for perfectly aligned die-cuts. The three petal pieces were a little different.

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The smallest piece will fit most anywhere on the bottom curve of the petal, but the illustration did show the right side of  that piece tucked up under the top-most (lightest piece). So that’s where I glued the middle piece – with the two left ‘prongs’ just below the edge of the petal, and the right side tucked underneath.

Screen Shot 2020-05-26 at 2.29.36 PMHere’s my completed bloom all glued together. The position of the front petal is also a little ambiguous, but I just had to refer to the illustration for proper placement. I think these blooms are kind of amazing! If your are not in the mood to color, then these Altenew 3D dies can certainly provide some beautifully colored blooms without ever picking up a paintbrush, a marker, an ink pad, or any other medium you might have in your stash!

I also die-cut a bunch of the leaf dies in this set. The leaves only have two layers, and are ultimately very simple to line-up. Screen Shot 2020-05-26 at 2.31.39 PMI did some with the medium and darkest Green Meadows card stock and some with the medium and lightest colors as well. For the top right leaves I used some plain green card stock from my stash instead of the medium green from the Green Meadows set. You can see a slight difference, but that works very well and is extremely close color-wise! That should be enough leaves!

Now that I have  these cardstock sets in my stash, I’ve already started worrying about not using them up too quickly! I’m such a hoarder!! So I did go looking through my stash of card stock for other options that might work with this die – I need matching gradient colors in groups of four. Screen Shot 2020-05-26 at 2.32.52 PMI did come across this pack of Recollections card stock from Michael’s – Purple Passion. That would work terrifically – in fact, it actually gave me an extra color I didn’t need! I went ahead and made two more blooms using this card stock.

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These are very close to the Shades of Purple blooms on my first card. The Altenew cardstock is a little bit darker and a little bit lighter, but I think the Purple Passion blooms look just as nice! Let’s put this card together!

Now, these are fairly big blooms – a little over 3″ wide and more than 1.5″ tall. Most of the card examples for this die at Altenew feature only a single bloom. I was determined to make a little bouquet on my cards, but I had a hard time figuring out an arrangement for all three blooms on a card front without them seeming to ‘float’. Hmmmmmmmmm… STEMS! That’s what any good bouquet needs! I cut some thin strips of the dark green card stock to use as the flower stems for this card. Screen Shot 2020-05-26 at 2.38.28 PMThat should provide an “anchor” for my blooms and keep them from feeling unmoored! These strips are a little less than 1/8″ wide, and they certainly don’t have to be all exactly the same. I glued the stems to my card front and (since they are so thin) was able to get a nice curve to the stems as I attached them. Liquid glue adds some moisture to the card stock and enhances their flexibility! Now I can assemble the rest of this card!

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I used my liquid glue and strategically placed foam squares to attach the blooms, and glued all the leaves flat to the card front. I stamped and die-cut the the sentiment on the lightest Cherry Blossom card stock and inked the edges of that die-cut with some Worn Lipstick Distress Oxide ink. Some Studio Katia Cupid’s Kiss crystals adds a little touch of sparkle to this card. I think this bouquet of blooms is downright gorgeous!

When digging around in my card stock stash, I found some grey colors that I thought might work to give me a white bloom, so I made another card with only a single bloom.

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This card front is dry-embossed with Altenew’s Fine Frames Cover Die. That die cuts out 13 thin frames but I love using it to emboss with. The sentiment is from the My Monthly Hero January 2020 kit and is stamped using Hero Arts Soft Granite ink. I thought the ‘white’ bloom came out very nicely, and I attached that to the card front using foam squares. I even attached the front petal with foam squares to add a little more dimension. Very simple, very pretty sympathy card! I think I’m going to like these dies!

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That’s my three cards made with Altenew’s Open Bloom Dies and Gradient Cardstocks. I think I like the yellow and purple bouquet better than the pink and purple one! Must be my pink allergy!  I promise I will not hoard these Gradient Cardstock Sets and will look for more ways to use them on my cards!

I hope this was a nice diversion and a helpful How-To for you beyond my regular 10C1K posts! Thank you so much for sharing your time with me here today! Your support means the world to me! Please stay safe and healthy! As restrictions are lifted, I hope you continue to wear a face mask in public, wash your hands regularly, and please send some prayers to all of us in New York City. Remember to Like me, List me, Pin me, Post me, Share me with all your friends, Don’t touch your face…! And as always, I wish you Happy Crafting!

10 Cards 1 Kit | My Monthly Hero April 2020 Kit

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Hello Folks! Scott here with my 10 cards from the My Monthly Hero April 2020 Kit! Due to current shutdowns I don’t think Hero Arts started shipping this kit until April 20th… I didn’t receive mine until April 25th… Looks like we’re off to Australia this month!

Screen Shot 2020-04-06 at 5.58.56 PMOur 6″ x 8″ stamp set features silhouettes of Australian animals, plants, birds, fish, and even Ayers Rock.  Some ‘Aussie’ sentiments (with some good puns!) round out the image stamps, and of course we get 31 coordinating frame cuts to die cut all the stamps. For extras this month, we get this great 5.25″ x 6.5″ background stencil, and full size pad of Intensive Black ink. Finally, we get two 5.5″ x 8.5″ Cherry Wood sheets and 3 adhesive -backed Birch Wood sheets. Quite a collection! I really enjoyed the trip to Venice last April and am looking forward to spending a little time in the Land Down Under!

I do try to use all the stamps in a stamp set on these 10 card posts, and, I have to admit, I was intimidated with this collection of 37 different stamps… I think including the names of the animals on the stamp packaging is what gave me this idea!

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I tried to make this look like a page from an old zoological folio..! Though I doubt all these animals would be classified together (beyond the fact that they are Australian!) I do think the idea comes across pretty good! On a piece of parchment paper from my stash, I arranged and stamped all these guys using Hickory Smoke and Frayed Burlap Distress Oxide ink, trying to add a touch of dimension with the darker ink on the edges of the stamps. I stamped some wisps of tiny text around the edges and all about using the text stamp from the MMH Jan. 2020 Kit. I wrote in all the names using a Brown Micron PN pen –  I wish I had something finer and more delicate to write in the names, but this does nicely!

I distressed the edges and the whole page using the same Oxide inks along with some Vintage Photo Distress Ink. I stamped the sentiment on a scrap of ivory card stock with Hickory Smoke Oxide ink and embossed it with some clear embossing powder, and distressed it the same. I ripped and curled some of the edges of the paper before glueing it down to a Kraft card base, and mounted the sentiment in the center with some foam tape. This came together as envisioned, and I actually like this card quite a lot! It certainly gets you in the Australian mood, and HEY! it used 16  stamps from our set!

I was eager to play with that nice background stencil, so I used some Zig 2 Way Glue on the back of the stencil to add a little “sticky”, and grabbed my Hero Hues inks…

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On a piece of Neenah Solar White 80# card stock, I stuck the stencil down and used my ink brushes with Splash and Blue Hawaii inks on the bottom, and Lemon Drop and Creamsicle in the sky. SOOOO Ok… I was looking to use the “Auss-ome Day” sentiment on this card, but I didn’t think this sunny background was saying Australia to me. I looked up Ayers Rock, but it turns out that landmark is deep in the interior of Australia… and most of the fish stamps in our set aren’t indigenous to Australia… hmmm…  I kept thinking Sydney Opera House was an unmistakable landmark, so I went digging through the internet and found a simple silhouette of the Sydney skyline. OKAY! I imported that image into my Silhouette Software and created a cut file for my Silhouette Portrait. I was a little crazy trying to cut this skyline quite this small, but I got one cut (from plain 65# black card stock) that worked! I glued that cut-out between the sea and sky, and die-cut the whole piece with a Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangle die.

I did stamp the sentiment on the stenciled “sun” using the HA Intense Black ink, but I got it a little crooked, and couldn’t stand it, so I fussy-cut the sun out (leaving some white edges on the clouds). I cut a mat for the front panel from a piece of yellow card stock from my stash, traced the “sun” opening on the mat, and stamped the sentiment again. I did emboss this sentiment with clear embossing powder – the Intense Black ink will stay wet long enough to emboss with! I blended a little Creamsicle ink around the edges of the sun and glued the front panel to the mat with the sentiment perfectly placed (and straight!) behind the opening.

I decided somebody needed to witness this scene, so I masked some of the waves off and stamped the dolphin peeking out with HA Soft Granite ink. I added some touches of shading to the dolphin with my Prismacolor colored pencils, and matted the whole panel to more Kraft card stock and then down to a 110# Neenah Solar White card base. There ya go! No mistaking this for anyplace other than Australia! Good pun too!

As I often do with MMH solid stamps, I contemplated coloring these – adding detail and character to otherwise flat silhouettes… but some of these critters are SO, so small… however, the shark is actually one of the largest stamps in this set…

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I stamped the shark on some black card stock using HA Unicorn White ink, and colored up the shark using my colored pencils. I die-cut this formidable fellow with the matching die and turned my attention to the background. I played around with some Alcohol inks on DCWV Glitzy Glitter card stock, and I did get some nice movement from the inks on this glitter card stock. I picked a section that I liked, and using the bottom of the stencil, ink blended Unicorn White ink through the stencil to add some defined waves. I die-cut that section with a 4″ x 2.75″ LFSRD, and glued that to a thin black mat (top and bottom only) and then to another thin white mat.

I took a piece of plain blue card stock from my stash and stamped the Echo Park Make Waves A2 Background on that using the Unicorn White ink, and die-cut that panel with another LFSRD. I trimmed off an inch from the top and bottom of that stamping and glued those strips behind my matted glitter piece with about 5/8″ showing.

I turned to my Silhouette software and my ‘Piggy-Back Printing’ method to add this fun sentiment to the front of my Neenah 110# card base. This is printed in dark blue using the American Typewriter font. Finally, I glued the background panels to the card front, and attached the shark using foam tape. This shark came out very well, and I love all the glitter in the water – the Unicorn White ink blocks some of the glitter, so this has quite a variety of glitter. This is also a fun, perfectly apropos sentiment!

I thought the little Koalas should be easy to color… it’s all about their big noses, right?

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I stamped the Koalas on some Kraft card stock using Unicorn White ink, colored them with my colored pencils, and die-cut them with their matching dies. On a Neenah 110# card base, I ink blended the bottom half of our stencil vertically on the left of the card front using Hero Hues Key Lime Fizz and Green Apple inks.

I found some “bamboo” in my image stash and used my Silhouette Portrait to cut a bunch of stalks from one of the Cherry Wood sheets. They seemed a little big to go along with these small Koalas, so I simply trimmed a bunch of thin (1/16″) strips of the Cherry wood that were sized better for our bears. When the wood sheets are cut this thin, they curved very easily as I glued them down to the card front.

I die cut the leaves from Hero Hues Meadow (MMH 4/19) and Neon (MMH 10/19) card stocks using an old LFL Medallion die that has some perfectly-sized leaf-shaped openings. I glued the leaves down and added the Koalas with their arms clutching the branches and some foam tape behind their backs for a little dimension. I stamped the sentiment using the HA Intense Black ink, and finally added two of my bamboo cut-outs to the left – trimming the first at the boundaries of the greenery, and letting the second one run from top to bottom. Those add an interesting suggestion of depth – making it feel like the bears are deep in the grove enjoying their lunch. Who can resist a couple of adorable little Koalas?? I think this is so cute, and works well with this sentiment stamp!

I can’t stop playing around with this stencil! Let’s try something a little more arid..!

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On a Neenah 80# card stock panel, I ink blended the bottom of the stencil using Distress Oxide inks in Antique Linen and Frayed Burlap. I ink blended the sky using HA Lemon Drop ink, and stamped the Ayers Rock stamp on the horizon line using Frayed Burlap ink and topped the edge of that rock with some Fired Brick Oxide ink. I spattered some tiny dots of the Frayed Burlap ink all over the background with a small paint brush, and die-cut the background with a LFSRD.

I stamped the kangaroo on white card stock using Antique Linen ink and the Kiwis using Vintage Photo ink, and colored them with my colored pencils and added highlights with  Sakura White gel pens. For these small images, I did create a die-cut template to help me die-cut the colored stamps. I cut the die in a contrasting card stock, and centered that over my stamped and colored image, then taped it down with the die in place, and ran it through my die-cutting machine to get a nicely accurate die-cut. Nothing worse than spending a lot of time coloring a stamp and then die-cut it slightly off…!

I stamped and embossed the sentiment with Frayed Burlap ink and added a few birds in the sky using the stamp from the MMH July ’19 Kit, I die cut the background with a LFSRD, matted that on some Kraft card stock, and glued it down to another Neenah 110# Solar White card base. Of course kangaroos are very Australian and I love those little kiwi birds! This card highlights the fact that much of Australia is covered by desert landscapes… with a recognizable landmark looming in the distance…!

That was a good pun that actually came in our stamp set! I had an idea for another…

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Sometimes I just can’t help myself! Using my Hero Arts MISTI (in black and white!) I stamped a pattern of the crocodiles on some Kraft card stock using Hickory Smoke Distress Oxide ink. I die cut that with a LFSRD, glued that to a black mat and down to a White card base. I stamped the croc on a scrap of white card stock using HA Soft Granite ink, colored him with my colored pencils, die-cut him with the matching die and mounted him to the card front with foam tape.

I printed this sentiment on a scrap of Kraft card stock using my Silhouette software and the Brady Bunch Remastered font, trimmed that sentiment out, added a black and white mat behind the sentiment and mounted it to the card front with foam tape. Fairly simple and a good pun! I don’t think crocodiles are particularly cheerful, but this pun is fun!!

I have more fish in the stamp set, so I need some water, and I wanted to try that stencil for a nighttime scene with a moon instead of a sun…!

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The background is stenciled in all the same inks mentioned earlier with a swipe of Hero Hues Fruit Punch and a touch of Black Soot Oxide ink around the top. I added the fish using Soft Granite ink, and cut out another (much larger) Sydney silhouette to glue on the horizon. I tried creating my own moon in the space provided and failed miserably, HA! So I once again cut out the ‘moon’ shape (NOT leaving white space round the clouds) and went into my image files for the moon. I did look up to see how the moon looked in Australia, and, sure enough, it is upside down from how we see it…! I thought that was very interesting and made sure to attach my printed moon in the correct orientation!

I die-cut the card front with a LFSRD and glued that to a thin black mat, then to a larger blue alcohol ink mat, and then down to a white card base. I printed the sentiment usingIMG_7389 my Silhouette software and the Lato font, trimmed it down to a short banner, and attached it to the card front with foam tape. One of the sentiment stamps in our set works perfectly with this card, so I stamped “Beaut” on the inside of the card using the Intense Black ink. For a final touch I added some sparkle to the moon and waves with a Wink of Stella Clear sparkle pen, and a few of the birds from the MMH July ’19 kit. I could have probably gone darker with my sky but am pretty happy with the final outcome… that is one big moon!!! Perfect congratulations card!

The Cassowary stamp in our set intrigued me, and actually, this is a fairly colorful bird!

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This card tickles me a lot! I really like the Cassowary stamp, but couldn’t figure out an appropriate sentiment… I found this sentiment when I was doing some research for this kit and it seemed the perfect accompaniment for these birds.images_easyblog_images_2163_b2ap3_thumbnail_image11_20150325-023748_1 Looks like this is the entrance gate to the Australia Zoo! “Have a ripper day!” becomes a bit of a pun paired with these extremely large and dangerous birds – cassowaries have three claws and their center claw is like a dagger around 5″ long – sounds like a ‘ripper’ to me!

I ink blended the background using HA Lemon Drop ink on the bottom and HA Splash ink on the top, then used the bottom of the stencil and HA Key Lime Fizz ink and Frayed Burlap Distress ink to texture the ground. Cassowaries are “forest birds” so I used the two tree stamps in our set to create some forest on this card. I stamped a variety of the trees using HA Soft Granite ink, Key Lime Fizz and Green Apple inks. I added some of the Kangaroo Paw plants on the bottom using Green Apple ink and added some dark red highlights to the flowers. I stamped (and reverse stamped) the two cassowaries on white card stock using HA Soft Granite ink and colored them using my colored pencils and the Hero Arts Red and Aqua Glimmer Metallic ink. Those inks add a touch of shine to the head and necks of our birds. I die-cut them both using the matching die and a template.

I die -cut our background with a LFSRD, added that to a thin white mat and glued both to a Kraft card base. I printed this sentiment using my Silhouette software and the Brady Bunch font on a scrap of Hero Hues Arctic card stock (MMH April ’19 Kit) and die-cut the banner using a Lawn Fawn Everyday Sentiments die. I added the birds and banner to the card front using foam tape, and added some dotty texture to the ground with myIMG_7391 Disposable Micro applicators and the same inks. I did feel a little explanation was required for those who aren’t aware of the cassowaries proclivities, and added this little directive on the bottom of the writing surface inside the card. That is printed using my Silhouette software and the Typewriter Hand font. A true Australian saying paired up with a large dangerous bird should make any Aussie giggle!

I need a break from all those full card backgrounds, and I still have three kangaroo stamps to use in our stamp set, so I went for another pun on this next card!

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A Wallaby is basically a smaller version of the Kangaroo, so I thought I could get away with calling this kangaroo a wallaby – just in the interest of a good pun! I stamped the ‘wallaby’ on the front of a Neenah Solar White 110# card base using Antique Linen Distress Oxide ink and colored this pair with my colored pencils and a white gel pen, adding a bit of a shadow to ground them. I printed the sentiment on the front of the card using the Brady Bunch font and my ‘piggy-back’ printing method. This is a fun friendship pun and could work as a Mother’s Day, or New Baby card with a different sentiment! It’s so nice to have a simple one-layer card with a lot of white space in this collection!

But what about the best pun-y sentiment in our stamp set? This last card will wrap up the final three stamps in this kit…!

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One more background!! On Bristol Smooth card stock, I used my Marabu Art Crayons and wet wipes to create this background. This is one of the quickest backgrounds I created for this kit! I scribbled some Flesh Marabu crayon on a wet wipe and spread it on the bottom half, wiped Sky-Blue crayon on the top half (using a wet wipe), then used the stencil with a Kiwi crayon and Cocoa crayon (and more wet wipes) for the ground. I added a slight suggestion of a cloud in the sky with Unicorn White ink and a simple mini ink blender. I really like this background and need to remember this quick technique using those Marabu markers!

I stamped both kangaroos using Simon Says Stamp Barely Beige ink on Neenah 80# card stock, colored them with my colored pencils, made die templates for both and die-cut them out. The trees are stamped and die-cut and trimmed down to provide the greenery on this card front – I really like the pandanus palm as the bushes down front! LOOK! There’s a pull tab on the side… what does this card do??

Hoppy Birthday to Roo indeed!  LOL! I cut the bottom of the background away from the sky portion, to hide the mechsnics behind, stamped and embossed the sentiment on the top, stamped another pair of birds in the sky, and glued everything in place to make this fun interactive card! I do have a complete how-to on assembling this card on my 10C1K video at:   , so I encourage you to check that out for the particulars. I thought of this card before I even got the kit in my hands this month, and am very pleased with my first attempt at this rocking teeter-totter mechanism. A great pun, and a fun interactive card that highlights the pun! I will look for more chances to use this rocker on other cards!

That makes up my 10 cards for this kit! This was a nice challenge for me, and certainly provided some much-needed distraction as we continue our lock-down here in NYC.

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I did try to stick to the Australian theme for all these cards. The shark and crocodile are not that specific, but we have a nice assortment of useful cards with a fun Aussie theme. I did manage to use every single stamp in this stamp set – thanks to that first zoological card, and I even got  chance to use some of the included wood sheets! This kit did sell out almost instantly, the MMH May Kit has been released and HA is hoping to start shipping that kit around the 15th. If you want to get in on the action, I highly recommend subscribing to the My Monthly Hero kits. A six-month subscription allows you the freedom to skip a month if that kit is not to your liking. If you do go shopping at Hero Arts, please use my links – it is supremely appreciated! Hero Arts: https://shrsl.com/1f7qx  My Monthly Hero May Kit: https://shrsl.com/29ud7  My Monthly Hero 6 month Subscription:  https://shrsl.com/24ss0. THANK YOU!

I did have fun creating these cards – I hope you enjoy them too! Thank you so much for sharing your time with me… Let me know which cards are your favorites and remember to Like me, List me, Pin me, Post me, Share me with all of your friends, don’t run with cassowaries, and I send you and yours healthy and happy thoughts… Please take care of yourselves and each other. We WILL get through this together! Happy Crafting!

10 Cards 1 Kit | Love From Lizi May 2020 Card Kit

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Hello Folks! Scott here with my 10 Cards 1 Kit posting using the Love From Lizi May 2020 Card Kit. This kit sold out very quickly – Lizi didn’t assemble quite the same number of kits as usual due to the lockdowns in effect over much of the world, but I hope I can provide a little inspiration and some unique ideas on using this kit.

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Lizi is calling this kit Happy Bluebirds (or Lucky Bluebirds at Lizi’s online store) and this kit features tons of supplies, pattern papers, embellishments, stamps, ephemera, and even a couple of mini-decoupage sheets in a bright palette of springtime colors perfect for lifting our spirits this month! Plenty of pink in this kit as well!

As I usually do, I took the five sheets of card stock in the kit, cut them all in half and scored them to  make my ten A2 card bases. I do really love Lizi’s decoupage sheets, and thought making one of those would be a good start for my first card with this kit.

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There’s some pink for you right off the bat! I wanted this mini-decoupage bouquet to be the focal point on this card, but worried that it might feel too small and get lost on a card front, so I traced the shape of the hexagon from layer 1 (bottom piece) of the decoupage sheet and made a pattern for the large mat behind the bouquet, and cut that from a piece of the Tim Holtz Metallic Confections paper pad in the Pewter metallic color. I glued a thin black mat behind that and assembled the six layers of decoupage using some Small Square 3D Pop Dots – perfectly sized for these mini decoupage assemblies!

I stenciled the Raspberry Pink card base using Hero Arts Unicorn White ink, a TCW Mini Sheet Music Stencil and my Tim Holtz Distress Blending Brushes. I was thinking Birthday  here, so that inspired the music note background. The single decoupage hexagon still seemed a bit wan, so I grabbed two of the nesting hexagon dies from the LFL March 2018 kit, and die cut the smallest hexagon twice and the medium hexagon four times from more of the Pewter Metallic card stock. I added thin black mats behind those six additional hexagons and glued everything down to the card front. IMG_7331

For a final touch, I added a Happy Birthday banner from the die-cut sentiment sheet on the inside writing surface. I really love this decoupage bouquet – I think it has great dimension (there are six layers here) and the die-cutting on this sheet was terrifically accurate. That makes for an easy-to-assemble layered bouquet that is really quite amazing! This would work as an Anniversary card, a Mother’s Day card, or any “Special Day” occasion!

We got so much pattern paper in this kit, but there was one cut-apart that caught my eye.

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I really like this 3″x3″ rose panel from our pattern papers. I die-cut the background pattern paper with a Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangle die and mounted that on a thin pink mat and glued those down to one of my Navy card bases. I matted the rose panel and the “Thank You” banner on some of the blue striped pattern paper (from the middle of one of our ‘flower frame’ pattern papers) and mounted those to the card front with foam tape. I originally tried stamping the sentiment directly on the rose panel, but I messed it up horribly (OOPS!) and ended up embossing the sentiment on a matching piece of pattern paper using VersaMark ink and the LFL Warm Navy embossing powder. I trimmed that into a flag and attached it with more foam tape. I think those two roses were my favorite piece of all the pattern papers… another very pink card, but tempered with all the blue!

I cut up the center of that ‘flower frame’ pattern paper, so I better use the flower parts!

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Mother’s Day is just around the corner! I love this card! I fussy-cut the flowers away from the leftover center, and trimmed all four sides down so they would fit an A2 card. If you look close, you can see where the flowers overlap on all four sides. I glued the frame together and matted that on a thin white mat (with the center cut out!) and glued the edges to the Navy card base and used foam tape to lift up the flowers around the center.

The sentiment is from an old Paper Pumpkin kit (April 2016) and I think this is my favorite Mother’s Day stamp in my stash! I embossed that with White embossing powder right in the center, and die cut the two butterflies using the included die and scraps from the flower frame. I drew on their black bodies using a Pigma Micron 05 pen, folded them in the center and glued them down to the card front. Lastly, I drew in the antenna using an 05 Sakura White Gelly Roll pen. If you know me at all, you know I am not a big fan of butterflies, but the die in this kit is so small, I can’t help but love the tiny accents these butterflies bring to this card.IMG_7352

In searching for the Mother’s Day sentiment stamp, I found another stamp I wanted to use on the inside writing surface. “you are amazing” is from the Altenew Penned Rose stamp set and I stamped that using a Hero Arts Ombre Meadow stamp pad. I think my mother is pretty amazing, and I do believe this is the card she is going to receive this year!

We also had a few pieces of ephemera in our kit and for some reason, the circular butterfly piece inspired me – it helps when the butterflies are extravagantly colored!

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Using my craft knife, I fussy-cut the butterfly wings (but not the body!) from their polka-dot circle, and using my circle dies, I cut a black frame to fit that circle. I cut the matching polka-dot pattern paper to 3″ x 5.25″, and mounted that to a thin black mat – only showing the sides of the mat. I did a little stamp surgery to the “Thinking of you” stamp from the kit, arranged that in a bit of a curve on my MISTI, and embossed that on the background using LFL Golden Crown embossing powder. I glued the ephemera piece below the sentiment, and wrapped a piece of the butterfly ribbon around the bottom of the panel and tied a little bow for the center.

I glued that panel to one of the Mint card bases, cut out two 1/2″ x 5.25″ strips of the blue butterfly pattern paper, and glued those along the sides. It’s hard to see in this picture, but I did add the thinnest Mint Moondust peel offs along the edge of the black mat for a little sparkle. I tucked some foam tape under the butterfly wings, and die cut the 3 tiny butterflies from the pattern paper – our die almost perfectly matches some of those butterflies on this pattern paper! ALL of the butterflies on this card match! I folded and glued the die-cuts to the top, and added some antenna with my Pigma Micron pen. Tons of butterflies, and plenty of pink, but I really do like this card!

IMG_7324Last month, our Sunray Crossette Nuvo Shimmer Powder was really fun to play with, and I wanted to check out the Green Parade Shimmer Powder included in this kit. I spritzed a sheet of watercolor paper with water, then sprinkled the powder onto the wet paper. Lots of dark tones in this green – I swear this almost looks like the surface of some distant moon…! I wasn’t quite sure what to do with this panel, so I let it dry and turned my attention to the Specialty Paper in this kit. We got two sheets of handmade paper with actual flower petals embedded in the paper fibers. I was at a loss on how to use this paper in a card until I realized that handmade paper should be able to take some painting… it’s just thin watercolor paper, right?

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I was a bit afraid that my printer would eat this delicate paper, so I printed the “hugs” portion on some plain paper using my Silhouette Software and the Gothic 821 Condensed BT font, then placed the handmade paper over the top of the print, and, using a light board,  painted the “hugs” using the Nuvo Shimmer Powder. I did do a bit of an ombre’ effect with the color darker at the bottom and lightest at the top. That came out really nice, and caused no buckling on the paper at all! I used my Pigma Micron Pen for a thin outline on the letters. I die-cut the paper using a LFSRD, and matted that on a thin black mat before adhering it to the White card base.

I die-cut the “Special” die (included in the kit) from my painted shimmer powder piece, and cut three more from white card stock. I glued all those layers together for a nice chunky sentiment, and glued that on the card front. I stamped the “For you” sentiment from the stamp set using Stamping’ Up Mint Macaron ink, and  finished up this card by gluing a couple of loose petals to the front. I’m not a big fan of “For you” sentiments (stating the obvious) so I was especially pleased to be able to use that stamp from our stamp set to fill out this sentiment. I really like this card – no pink here!

There were a couple of large bouquets on our pattern papers, and I really liked the darker tones on one of them.

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I split that bouquet pattern paper right down the middle and fussy-cut the bouquet away from the greenery. I did some ink blending on the edges of the Mint card base using Cracked Pistachio Distress Oxide ink, and I die-cut four of the cornice dies from my painted shimmer piece. I glued those to the four corners of the card front, and cut a strip of the shimmer painting to just over 3/4″. I attached the two halves of the bouquet to the Green Parade strip – there’s about a half an inch gap between the bouquet halves hidden by that strip. I die cut the “MOM” using an alpha die set from the LFL Special Edition Oh Baby Kit from back in March of 2018. I cut those from the pink Tim Holtz Metallic Confections card stock and added two layers of black die-cuts to chunk it up a little bit. I glued the letters to the Green shimmer strip and added two pink brads from my stash to either side. I glued the whole assembly to the card front and added the Mint Moondust Straight peel offs above and below the shimmer strip. This card feels very Victorian to me – rather formal with the bouquet and flourishes in the corners, and the simple MOM in the center says it all!

There are three image stamps in our stamp set, and I haven’t used any of them yet, so let’s do some coloring. The stamp with the two birds has a circular opening in the center that happens to be the exact perfect size to use with the LF Magic Iris dies. I’ll try again!

 

AHA! This is my third month making a Magic Iris card with the LFL kit, and I really like the addition of the stamping to the center moving pieces on this card! I don’t need to match the background, and I love how the berries form a cluster right in the center!

 

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I do have a Magic Iris Die how-to on my YouTube channel, so I won’t go into the assembly here. The background is cut from the pink ‘flower frame’ pattern paper, and the sentiment is stamped (VersaFine Onyx Black ink) and clear embossed in the center of the cut out circle – there’s some pattern matching there for you! I stamped the bird wreath on Bristol Smooth card stock using VersaFine Onyx Black ink and used my Zig Real Brush Markers to color it. Since there was so much black on the bird stamps, I decided to color them as Orioles instead of bluebirds – I think the orange pops nicely amidst all the green. And, luckily, the circle in the center of the wreath is the exact same size as the circular opening in the Iris! I did color the center ring with some Hero Arts Gold Glimmer ink, so it has a bit of a metallic shine. I fussy-cut the wreath leaving a little border around the outside, and cut right against the stamp lines in the center opening.

The three moving pieces (the ‘sausages’) were die-cut from more Bristol smooth card stock, stamped and colored identically. This is all on a light pink card base from my stash.  I actually assembled this whole card (without the stamped sausages) on the Cream card base using some interesting “fiber” card stock from my stash (very similar to the hand made specialty paper in our kit) but the “fiber” card stock started to fail after a few rounds of operation – I managed to salvage the stamped and colored wreath but nothing else from that first failed attempt.

Some sequins from the embellishment bag adds some sparkle to the front of this card, and I am very pleased with stamping on the moving pieces – it certainly works well for this card!

I have now used all the sentiment stamps in our stamp set, but have two more birds!

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Since these bird stamps have so much detail, I tried some no-line watercoloring with this stamp! Now that’s a bluebird! I used the Earth Palette Reactive ink pad from the My Monthly Hero December 2019 kit to stamp the image, and my Daniel Smith Dot Card to watercolor this image. I die cut the watercolor paper with a LFSRD, and matted that on some black card stock. I used a larger LFSRD to die cut the pattern paper, added a thin black mat, and wrapped some of the pink glitter ribbon across the center before gluing down to the Raspberry Pink card base. I stamped the sentiment on the center panel using Onyx black ink and the very small “Just a little Thanks!” stamp from the Paper Pumpkin January 2017 kit. Love that tiny sentiment, and think my no-line watercoloring came out quite nicely! A few sequins (yes, even some pink ones!) add a last bit of sparkle!

One more bird to go… let’s try some more no-line watercoloring on this one too!

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This one came out REALLY nice! Almost looks like some kind of Audubon illustration! I do think if you want to color these as bluebirds, you need to stamp them in blue – I stamped this one using the same HA Earth Palette Reactive ink pad – trying to keep the blues on the bird and the greens on the leaves. I painted this one using my DS dot card again, and die-cut the finished painting with a smaller LFSRD, and matted that on a thin dark green mat. The background pattern paper is die-cut with a LFSRD, and printed with this fun sentiment using the Silhouette Dream State font. This is a lyric from Cole Porter’s ANYTHING GOES IMG_7345and I do credit him on the inside writing surface. The background is mounted to a thicker dark green mat and glued to the Cream card base. I added a strip of my shimmer painting and two straight peel offs to go behind the artwork, and attached the front panel using foam tape. A few Blue Babe Nuvo Crystal Drops (LFL Feb. 2020 Kit) adds a dash more blue to this sweet encouragement card. I’m loving this card a lot… I’m getting a little more adept at that no-line watercoloring and maybe I’m pleased simply because there’s no pink!

I was thrilled to get the add-on “Angels without wings” stamp set this month…

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That wraps up my 10 cards using the Love From Lizi May 2020 Card Kit. Lizi’s kits usually sell out – often very quickly – so if you’d like to get in on the fun, I would suggest subscribing! Subscribers have the opportunity to add additional products to their kits for no extra shipping! Please use my links when you do go shopping with LFL! It is always hugely appreciated!  Love From Lizi Monthly Subscriber plan / Love From Lizi / LFL May 2020 Bumper pack (LOTS of ephemera in this pack!)

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Naturally, I have bunches of supplies left over… I did manage to use most every stamp in our stamp set (didn’t use that single leaf) I used 10 different pattern papers, one of the ephemera pieces, one of the mini-decoupage sheets, a couple of the die-cut sentiments, and lots of the embellishments – I didn’t get to the resin roses or bluebirds, or the ribbon roses either, but I did use some of the ribbons, sequins and most of the dies! I had a great time putting these cards together, and they certainly cheered me up as we enter into our sixth week of lockdown here in New York City. Thank you for sharing your time with me here, and please take care! I send Healthy and Happy wishes to you and yours! Please remember to Like me, List me, Pin me, Post me, Don’t touch your face…! And, as always, I wish you Happy Crafting!

Unboxing! Love From Lizi May 2020 “Happy Bluebird” Card Kit

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Hello Folks! Scott here, unboxing the new Love From Lizi May 2020 Card Kit. This month is all about bluebirds… Happy Bluebirds or Lucky Bluebirds whatever the case may be!

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This kit has the requisite pinks and florals often associated with Lizi, but the color palette this month is quite vibrant. Almost a jewel-tone feel to this whole kit. I like that!

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Lizi always gives us 5 sheets of 8.5″ x 11″ card stock in our kits and this month we have a Raspberry Pink, Mint Green, Cream, Alcohol Marker-friendly White, and Navy. We get two sheets of A4 Special paper this month. This beautiful handmade paper with real flower petals embedded. You can actually feel the velvety texture of those petals!

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We are treated to 18 sheets of 6″x6″ single-sided pattern papers this month. Here’s where a lot of those jewel-tone colors shine! Lots of flowers and bluebirds, small background patterns and larger bouquets, some geometric patterns and even a couple of cut-apart sheets as well! Of course there’s plenty of pink, too!

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We also get a sheet of die-cut sentiments. Everything from Thank You to Happy Birthday to Hello, With Love, Just a Note, and Thinking of You. We also get these two mini-decopauge sheets. I LOVE Lizi’s decoupage sheets and these look like fun! The blue one makes a double-sided dimensional tag, and the pink one makes a six-layer “On your special day” bouquet! SWEET!

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That brings us to our stamp set and peel offs. This is a 4″ x 8″ stamp set featuring our Happy Bluebirds amongst a wreath of greenery and other leaf clusters. There are four sentiments and even a single leaf for you pattern stampers out there! I’m looking forward to brushing up on my Bluebird coloring this month! And we get a sheet of new Mint Moonstone Straight peel offs. We’ve seen the Mint Moonstone in the pin-stripe peel offs and this is another wider strip to compliment those!

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That brings us to the embellishment pack! From let to right, top to bottom we get, a spool of five ribbons in lovely colors and some delightful patterns – pink glitter, mint green branches, blue butterflies, and more! All one meter lengths of 3/8″ ribbons. We get a new Nuvo Shimmer Powder in Green Parade. That looks like fun! There’s our Happy Bluebird sequin mix with teal, navy, soft pink, and graphite gray sequins in all different sizes. We get some resin embellishments this month – three bluebirds, and three pink roses along with five soft pink ribbon roses. Our dies this month include two sentiment dies “Someone” and “Special”, a tiny butterfly die (I actually like that!) and a lovely cornice flourish. We also get five nice, thick card stock ephemera pieces with a couple of sentiments, another bluebird, a yellow rose and some butterflies!

That’s everything in the monthly kit, but I did manage to snag a couple of add-ons too!

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This is the SPECIAL add-on stamp set for May – Angels Without Wings – featuring Lizi’s popular eyelash girls AND A COUPLE OF BOYS TOO!!! (their eyelashes aren’t as long!) This stamp set is certainly a sign of the times! I can’t wait to color up a bunch of these health care workers! The Peel Off Pack for this month has another new Straight peel off sheet in Apricot, a sheet of Apple Green Sway peel offs, a Lemon Glitter Clear Pin-stripe peel off sheet and and Soft Peach Pin-stripe to finish the pack.

This May 2020 kit and add-ons are available now at Love From Lizi! Lizi’s kits usually sell out quickly, so if you like this collection at all, I’d recommend grabbing one for yourself right away! If you do go shopping with Lizi, please use my links! It is always greatly appreciated!  Love From Lizi: https://shrsl.com/1yyuw    LFL May 2020 Card Kit: https://shrsl.com/28k5y  Lucky Bluebird Peel Off pack: https://shrsl.com/28k5z  Angels Without Wings stamp set: https://shrsl.com/28k63

Thanks for spending your time with me here, please share this post with all your crafty friends and grab one of those “Angels Without Wings” stamp sets for yourself! Please remember to Like me, List me, Pin me, Post me, Stay safe, Stay home, (we’re supposed to wear masks when out in public now..!) I send you and yours health, and happiness, don’t touch your face…! And as always, I wish you Happy Crafting!

10 Cards 1 Kit | Love From Lizi April 2020 Card Kit – and MORE!

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Hello Folks! Scott here with my 10 cards created using the Love From Lizi April 2020 Card Kit! As usual, this month’s kit is chock-a-block with pattern papers, cut-aparts, stickers, ephemera, stamps, dies, and all sorts of embellishments!

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As is my habit, I do cut and fold the 5 sheets of card stock included in the kit to make my 10 card bases. I also spread out all my ephemera pieces on my desk so I could see all the options they afforded me. We have six large sentiment stamps in this kit, and you know I like trying to use all the stamps on my 10 cards, so I figured I should start by stamping!

There is plenty of pink (and a few butterflies as well) in this kit, so I figured I should confront my demons and tackle the pink with my first card. This one’s for YOU, Judy B.!

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Due to the unique arrangement of this sentiment, I thought it would make for some nice pattern stamping. Hero Arts recently paired up with My Sweet Petunia,MT300_2048x and came out with a line of black and white MISTI’s. I have had my Mini MISTI (in the original PINK) for a few years, and am thrilled to now have the full-size MISTI from Hero Arts. I LOVE the Black and White, and the larger size just makes me want to do more pattern stamping!

Using my new MISTI, I stamped the sentiment on the pink dotted pattern paper using Hero Arts Taffy Reactive ink, and embossed the center sentiment using Lizi’s Neon Grapefruit Embossing powder (using VersaMark ink). I think all those different pinks go together beautifully! And that embossing powder really pops!!

I die cut that panel with a Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangle die, and drew in a little black drop shadow on the large embossed words with a 01 Pigma Micron pen. I glued that panel to a thin white mat and down to one of the Black card bases. I added the butterfly and flowers from the ephemera pack using glue and foam tape. A few sequins from the  sequin mix around the sentiment, and we have a lovely card for all you pink enthusiasts out there. Pink. Pink. Pink Pink Pink. AND a butterfly! I do think this sentiment makes for a really nice stamped pattern.

Now that I’ve got that out of my system, I decided I should use the butterfly die included in our embellishment pack and put those pesky insects behind me as well!

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I die-cut three of the butterflies from some Black Tie glitter paper, and glued some of my glassine paper (kite paper) to their backs. When dry, I trimmed away the excess paper and that gave me a nice stained glass effect. I trimmed two strips of the floral pattern paper to 1.5″ x 5.5″ and .5″ x 5.5″ and glued the thin strip to the right side of a White card base. I cut the pink and blue-green ephemera flowers apart, and added the mustard ephemera flower between them with foam tape.

I traced their outline on the wider strip of pattern paper and trimmed down the center of the strip to highlight the cut edges of the flowers. The strip is glued to the card base, both strips are edged with the Jade Glitter peel-offs, and the flowers are mounted with more foam tape.IMG_7256 I was thinking about this sentiment to use on this card, and stamped that on the inside using VersaFine Onyx Black ink. I do think butterflies are pretty incredible!  I folded the wings of the butterflies up and glued their bodies to the card front with a few white sequins from our sequin mix. The butterflies match the flowers! A very spring-y encouragement card! For all you butterfly lovers!

Then there’s that “You’re nothing short of FABULOUS” sentiment stamp… hmmmmm.. what in this kit qualifies as FABULOUS? I think that cheetah print is the way to go..!

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I think this fits the bill quite nicely! Using two LFSRDs, I die cut a frame of the Cheetah print pattern paper and glued that to the second black card base. I die cut a panel of white card stock with the next smaller LFSRD, and stamped the sentiment on the top of that using Onyx Black ink. I added a thin mat of the cheetah print behind the stamped panel and glued those to the card base. I added some Glossy Accents to the lenses on the ephemera sunglasses, and when they were dry, added them along with the shoes and purse ephemera to the card front using foam tape. A few gold sequins adds the finishing touch to a truly “Fabulous” card!

I think I’m getting a pretty good feel for this kit now… Let’s try that Nuvo Shimmer powder! Sunray Crossette is an interesting name – let’s see what it looks like!

IMG_7247I grabbed some watercolor paper and spritzed it all over with a light spray of water, and started sprinkling on the Nuvo Shimmer Powder. Now this powder definitely sports a variety of pigment colors and has an incredible amount of shine! I kept lightly spritzing water and adding more powder till I was satisfied with the results. Again, I didn’t move the powder around at all, I just let the water and the powder do whatever they wanted. I’m kind of in awe of the final result. There are light touches of texture all over the panel where the powder sat in a small pile and just absorbed the water. I Really Love This!

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I couldn’t bear to cover up any of that great shimmering background! I die cut the shimmer panel with a LFSRD and set it aside. I stamped the sentiment on some Bazzill 40# vellum using Onyx Black ink, and I embossed that with some clear embossing powder. I trimmed the vellum sentiment close to the small signifier text, and fussy cut around the parts of the sentiment that went beyond that line. I folded the vellum strip around the edges of the shimmer panel, glued those to the back and added spots of glue behind the sentiment for more adhesion. I added some Muave Moondust Straight peel off stickers along the top and bottom edges of the velum and glued that all down to a thin black mat and then down to the Mauve card base.

IMG_7259I did experiment with adding a “you are” to this sentiment. The LFL 4/18 kit has a “You” and an “are” stamps… fairly large, and the LFL 12/17 kit has a “you are” that is smaller. I decided to go to the inside and added “Yes, you are!” on the inside writing surface – printing that using my Silhouette software and the Freehand 521 BT font.  A few gem flowers from the embellishment pack adds a perfectly appropriate sparkle to this “Beautiful” card that looks like some kind of rare red-veined gold. Very cool shimmer powder!

There are a huge bunch of terrific cut-apart panels in this kit. One caught my eye right away – must be because we’re all spending some much of our time at home these days!

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I cut away this 3″ x 4″ panel from the cut-apart sheet, and did some ink blending on the edges using Vintage Photo Distress Oxide ink, then glued it to a thin white mat, then to a thin black mat, and then to a bit wider pattern paper mat. I did more Vintage Photo ink blending on the Golden Yellow card base, and added the matted pieces to the card front with some foam tape. This pink house is from the sticker sheet and matched the printed house almost perfectly. I used my anti-static powder bag to neutralize the sticky and mounted that to the card front with foam tape. I used the smallest heart die from the Hero Arts Nested Hearts Infinity dies to die cut some pink hearts, covered them with Glossy Accents, and when dry, added them to the card front with foam tape. This card is really so very cozy and welcoming… This would make a great housewarming card! I hope we all are appreciating our homes a little more these days! I know I am!

There were so many great 3″ x 4″ cut apart panels in this kit that I took a little detour here, and decided to create a little card set that might make a lovely gift!

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I picked these five panels not only because I liked them, but I could also add a bit of dimension on top of each with a sticker or an ephemera piece. I cut each panel to size and added a thin white mat to all of them. I added a 1/4″ mat of pattern paper to four of them, but added two thin mats of black and cheetah print and a 1/8″ mat of black to finish the Sending My Love card. Those are all glued down to white card bases and the ephemera swan, and scooter, along with the sticker flowers and heart are mounted to the fronts with foam tape.

I chose two of the small sentiment strips from the sticker sheet and added a thin white mat to both and attached them to the two text-only cards with more foam tape. A few sequins on each add the requisite touch of bling and this turned out to be a very encouraging set of cards perfect for gift-giving. IMG_7278I thought about creating a belly-band to hold this set together but decided to make an actual box using the 12″ x 12″ cut-apart sheet with the 4″ x 4″ panels. Most box-making patterns are basically an envelope with added depth. I wanted this box to feature the “dream big” sentiment on the front so I placed the 12″ x 12″ sheet right side up on my score board and scored at 2″, 3″, 9″, and 10″. Then, rotating the paper 90 degrees to the right, I scored at 2.75″, 3.75″, 8.25″, and 9.25″. IMG_7281Then it’s a fairly simple matter of cutting away the bits you don’t need, folding and gluing your box together. I added five ivory envelopes and the strip of banner stickers to finish out this set and tied the box shut with some of the yellow and teal ribbon included in the kit. I really love this little package with cards and envelopes and stickers! I think this will make a great gift anytime!

We also have the 12″x 12″ sheet filled with 2″x 2″ tiles with lots of affirmative sentiments.

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I chose the “CRUSH YOUR GOALS” notebook cover from the ephemera pack and, using a bunch of 2″x 2″ tiles turned it into a book! I trimmed the chosen tiles to match the size of the ephemera cover, and bound them together to make this little book. You open the cover and you have: “you are”, “living with purpose”, “so sweet”. “one-of-a-kind”, “fab & fierce”,”dreaming big”, and finally “killing’ it”. To bind the pages together I used 1/8″ score tape and tissue paper – attaching each ‘page’ to the one next to it. The last “killin’ it” page was left long on the left side to create the “spine” (wrap around the other pages) and glue it to the ‘cover’. Not bad for the first “book binding” I’ve attempted, but not perfect either… I learned a lot with this effort!

I die cut the pattern paper and black frame with a LDRS Fancy Rectangles & Layers die, and glued those to the blue card base with the edges distressed with Broken China Distress Oxide ink. I glued the little ephemera postcard and the assembled notebook flat to the card front and added the ephemera pen with some foam tape. The gold foil on the pen goes with the foiling on the notebook. EXTREMELY encouraging card!

I was looking forward to playing with the set of bicycle dies in this kit – I had an idea…

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“And you’ll look sweet upon the seat of a bicycle built for two!” Since this bicycle die came in pieces, I thought it could be used to make a tandem bike! VOILA! You can see where the bicycle frames are joined, and I partially die-cut the long chain-guard/pedal assembly to make it longer and hide the end under the second set of pedals. I used the Nuvo powder to paint the bicycle frame, and colored pencils to color everything else. GREAT bike!! And that shimmer powder really looks like a metallic enamel paint job!

I cut a strip of the striped patten paper to 1″x 5.5″ and placed the bike where I wanted it and traced the tire onto the pattern paper. I cut the pattern paper along the tire line to the bottom stripe, and then straight along that stripe to the end. I ink blended the clouds using the MFT Cloud Edges stencil and Broken China Distress Oxide ink, and printed the sentiment on the front using the Noteworthy font, Silhouette software and my piggy-back printing method. I glued the strip to the card front, added a Jade peel off along the bottom, and attached the bike with tiny bits of foam tape (I think it’s worth it)!  A few teal sequins from our sequin mix gives the glitter peel off a little company, and I love that you can use these dies to make a passable Tandem Bike!  Love this sentiment too!

I still have two sentiment stamps to get to – “Inspiring” and “Adorable” – hmmmmm…

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I thought a little clothespin art might be inspiring!! We did get five clothespins in our kit, and I have BUNCHES of clothespins in my stash… (see 10C/1K MMH 5/19) I’m thrilled I was able to use 12 on this card! I took the clothespins apart and started this fractal pattern by making the square in the center. Find four pieces whose ends fit in the spring notch on the back of the others to make as perfect a square as possible and glue them together. Let that first piece dry well and then keep adding pegs on the backs of your original square. When everything is glued and dried, it’s actually quite sturdy!

I die-cut a piece of the light mauve pattern paper with a 2.5″ square die, and added a thin black mat to the back. I glued the pin-art to the top and added one of the pearls embellishments to the center. The left side of the card front has a 1/4″ strip of black card stock topped with a 1/8″ piece of the mauve pattern paper. The sentiment is stamped using Onyx Black ink, and, I declare, the tone of that mauve pattern paper goes so nicely with the wood clothespins…! I think I’m kind of in love with this card!

I think the swans are about the only thing in this kit even remotely “Adorable” so let’s try upping the adorable factor by using the Lawn Fawn Magic Iris die (and add-on)  again!

I love the coy look on that swan sticker in the opening! There are oodles of how-to videos on how to assemble the Magic Iris dies, so I won’t bother you with my foibles..! (I actually filmed me putting this together (AFTER everything was die-cut) and it still took me almost 50 minutes! I don’t have the brain-power to even think of editing that!)

IMG_7267I die-cut the iris dies from the swan pattern paper for the viewable portions, and black card stock for the inner workings. I tried to die-cut the moving iris pieces (they call them the sausages) so the swans would go in the same direction as the pattern paper, but I didn’t take into account where the pull tab was, so, though the swans on the iris are all in the same orientation, that doesn’t match the orientation on the full panel. I’ll have to keep experimenting with that!!

The swan sticker is attached to the blue card base in the right location, and the iris assembly is attached on top with some foam tape. I stamped the sentiment on a piece of blue card stock from my stash (good match!) using Blueprint Sketch Distress Oxide ink, trimmed that to just over an inch tall and used the iris add-on die to cut it to size and add the stitch detail on the sides. The cattail ephemera is glued to the left of the opening, and the flower ephemera and sentiment are mounted with foam tape. I find the iris die set totally captivating, and I vow one day to be able to match patterns on those moving pieces! And I do think this is pretty adorable!

I have to credit the New York Times for the inspiration for my last card this month. On April 1st they published a pattern and instructions for “How to Sew a Face Mask”.

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I’m just trying to roll with the punches here..!!  To create our little face mask, I cut a piece of pattern paper to 2” tall by 2.75″ wide. I scored two score lines 1/8″ apart right in the center and two more 1/4″ above and below the center to make three pleats. I used scor-tape to hold the pleats shut on the back (sides only) and added dots of glue underneath  the ends of the pleats on the front and weighed it down to let the glue dry completely.

I removed the scor-tape liner paper on the back and attached the white ribbon to the top and bottom and topped those with a 1.25″x .5″  strip of white card stock over the ribbon with a little bit sicking out the sides. When that was dry, I added thin strips of white card stock to the top and bottom edges for the last touch of  trim. Then press out the pleats in the center to shape the mask.

The mustard pattern paper is die-cut with a LFSRD, the sentiment printed on that using the Rockwell font, glued to a thin white mat and a thin black mat, and down to the Golden Yellow card base that has been inked with Fossilized Amber Distress Oxide ink. I glued the ends of the mask to the card front and did have to add a wad of paper behind the mask to help it keep its shape. I think this is terrific! Now, it doesn’t really have much to do with this card kit, but with the CDC recommending that we all wear masks now, it certainly is topical! This gives me a big smile, and those are hard to come by these days!

Thats my 10 cards and MORE from the Love From Lizi April 2020 Card Kit. I really had a great time putting these cards together – there’s so much stuff in this kit – and we have a great assortment of encouragement cards here… a nice gift set… some of these are usable as valentines, or friendship cards, some are certainly topical, but, unfortunately, no puns this month… DAMN! Let me know which cards are your favorite!

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I used some of almost everything in this kit – all 12 pattern papers, a great deal of the cut apart sheets, some of the peel offs, and I even managed to use all of the stamps in the stamp set. I used a lot of the embellishments this month but I didn’t get to the mini white envelopes or the wooden buttons. As of posting, this kit is still available for purchase at lovefromliziz.com. If I’ve inspired you at all and you’d like to grab a kit for yourself, please use my links when you go shopping!

We are still under lockdown here in NYC… my theatre is closed through the end of the month (at least), but I am thankfully able to work from home. Broadway just announced they are staying closed through May..! We are staying safe and healthy and are trying to combat cabin fever and the occasional urge to kill each other. I pray that you and yours are safe and healthy and encourage you to stay that way! Please remember to wash your hands often, wear a mask when you go out, stay home if you can, and remember to Like me, List me, Pin me, Post me, Don’t touch your face… and as always I send you Health, Happiness and Happy Crafting!