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

Hello Folks! Scott here with my 10 cards inspired by the Love From Lizi June 2021 “Tropical Escape” Card Kit. If you’d like to see details of all the goodness in this kit, I do have an unboxing posted just prior to this. Let’s get Tropical!

As I usually do, I did take the colored card stock in the kit and cut them all in half to make my 10 card bases. I did swap out Lizi’s alcohol-friendly White for some plain White of my own. Kind of an eye-popping color palette this month!

I did stamp the toucan, the monstera leaf, the hibiscus bloom, the bunch of bananas, and the pineapple on a piece of Bristol Smooth card stock with VersaFine Onyx Black ink, and colored them all with my Zig Clean Color markers. All of those stamps have coordinating dies in this kit, so I went ahead and cut them all out. Let’s start with that toucan.

The sentiments in this stamp kit are all toucan puns this month. I trimmed down the leafy pattern paper to 3.25″ x 4.5″ and glued that to a thin black glitter mat and down to the Dark Forest Green card base. I made made a ‘partial frame” around that with some of the Racing Green Straight peel offs from the Assorted peel off bundle this month. I die-cut a scrap of white card stock with a GinaK/Thermoweb Oval die and cut another black glitter mat for that. I stamped some of the foliage stamps from our stamp set on the white oval with VersaMark ink, and embossed them with Love From Lizi Forest Green embossing powder. I finished the oval with the sentiment stamped in Onyx Black ink and embossed with Clear powder. I glued the two ovals together and glued them down to the card front.

Since I colored the toucan fairly realistically with black, I did add some definition back to the image with a white gel pen, and added some sparkle to the black feathers with a Spectrum Noir Sparkle pen. I added the toucan with some foam tape and finished this card out with some sequins. You know I love a pun, and I guess Lizi couldn’t resist this month either. I do wish he was on a branch or a perch or something…

Though we have some bright yellow card stock, I wasn’t sure what to do with the bunch of bananas stamp in this set. Naturally, they’re a tropical fruit, but there is little yellow pattern paper and no other bananas in this whole kit…

Left to my own devices, this is what I came up with! A really cheerful, simple, yellow, pun-y Thank You card! I printed the “a bunch!” sentiment on a White card base using my Silhouette Software and the Brady Bunch Remastered font. This is the Lawn Fawn Scripty Thanks die – I took some Yellow card Stock from my stash, and ink blended a little Wild Honey Distress Oxide ink for a little ombre effect, and die-cut the sentiment, I cut two more from the same yellow card stock (no ombre) and glued all three layers together to make this dimensional sentiment.

I softly blended some Squeezed Lemonade Distress Oxide ink behind where the bananas were going to go, glued the sentiment in place and used foam tape to attach the bananas. A few of the yellow crystals adds a bit of sparkle. You know how much I love my white space, and I really love the ombre on the die cut.

We got a selective few card toppers and ephemera pieces this month, along with a fun sheet of rub-ons. I see a couple of hexagons… and didn’t we get some hexagon dies in the Love From Lizi March 2018 Card Kit?

A Hot pink Bon Voyage card! To start with, I embossed the Cerise Pink card base using the Altenew Dainty Swiss Dots background stamp, VersaMark ink and Love From Lizi Peony Purple embossing Powder. I attached the hexagon rub-on to a scrap of White card stock and trimmed a thin White mat around the rub-on. I added a thin White mat behind the hexagon card topper, and die-cut the pink floral pattern paper with the largest hexagon die from the LFL March ’18 kit, and added a thin White mat behind that as well.

I stamped another hibiscus bloom, colored it with my Zig markers and die-cut it to go along with my original bloom. I added both blooms over the printed hibiscus on the card topper – pink for pink and orange for orange. That added a nice touch of dimension to the topper, and brightened up the arrangement. I stamped “Adventure Awaits” (from the LFL April ’19 Bon Voyage stamp set) on the pink hexagon with Onyx Black ink and embossed it with some clear embossing powder. I mounted the three hexagons to the card front with foam tape and added pink sequins for more shine. This is definitely a PINK card! It’s hard to avoid that when you have such a bright pink card base..!

And then we have the lemons. One sheet of pattern paper features lemons, and we have one ephemera piece with two lemons, but there are no other lemons in this kit. Trying to avoid the whole “if life gives you lemons” routine, I came up with an unconventional yellow Valentines card!

I die-cut the lemon pattern paper with a Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangle Die, added a Dark Green mat from my stash, and glued those to the Bright Yellow card base. I die-cut a circle from the same Dark Green card stock using a HA Circle Infinity die, attached that to the card front with foam tape and added the lemon ephemera piece on top. I printed this sentiment on a scrap of yellow card stock from my stash, using the same Brady Bunch font, die-cut the sentiment with another LFSRdie and mounted that to the card front with more foam tape.

Saying “pucker up” doesn’t quite make this a Valentine, so I stamped the Lips (from the LFL August ’17 kit) and the sentiment (from the HA January ’19 kit) with Candied Apple Distress Oxide ink and embossed both with Clear embossing powder. Nice wet, juicy lips! I don’t think I’ve seen many Yellow Valentines, and this one is very playful and unexpected!

At first I didn’t think I would use many of the card toppers, until I realized that there were some toppers with matching pattern papers – might as well pair them up!

The background is the flamingo pattern paper cut to 3.5″ x 5.5″ and glued to the center of the Zesty Orange card base. When I couldn’t find any plain yellow peel offs, I remembered the White peel offs, and colored a pair of them with a yellow Spectrum Noir alcohol marker – perfect! Any color you need! One of my HA Circle infinity dies was fractionally larger than the card topper so I die-cut a Dark Green circle and glued it behind the topper for a super-thin mat. I die-cut the Happy Birthday (from the add-on die set) using Yellow card stock in my stash, and die-cut the shadow from some thick vellum. I added some sparkle to the words with my Spectrum Noir Sparkle pen, and glued them to the vellum shadows.

I printed this sentiment (more Brady Bunch font) on more yellow card stock from my stash, and die-cut it with a Lawn Fawn Everyday Sentiment Banners die. I glued the die cut sentiment directly to the card front, and added the topper and the sentiment banner with foam tape. I colored the wood-veneer flamingo with a Pink Zig marker, added Sparkle pen on top, and glued that to the topper along with some more pink sequins for extra bling! Cute little pun here – I have a friend in Minneapolis who is madly into flamingos – a perfect Birthday card for her!

We do have one more card topper with it’s own matching pattern paper – who can resist?

This one makes me giggle! Perfect pun, and another Super-Pink card! I die-cut the two pattern papers with a LFSRdie (3.75″ x 5″), cut the pink one in half diagonally, and glued that atop the parrot pattern paper. I added a thin Dark Green mat and a Pink peel off and glued those to the Cerise Pink card base. The card topper is added to the card front with foam tape. I created this sentiment using my Silhouette Software, the Noteworthy font, and a banner pattern – I cut four background pieces in a darker Pink and two sentiment pieces on some lighter Pink card stock. I glued all the layers together for a very dimensional sentiment, and glued that down to the card front. A few Pink gems add a little more sparkle… and theses Bright Pink Parrots are certainly macaw-some!

I was really itching to use that colorful geometric retro pattern paper, but couldn’t decide just how to use it. Maybe if I colored a bunch of the hibiscus blooms in matching colors…

That works! These blooms are stamped on Bristol Smooth card stock with VersaFIne Onyx Black ink, colored with my Zig markers and die-cut with the matching die. I did my best to match the colors on the pattern paper which I cut to 2″ x 5.5″ and matted on a piece of the Dark Green pattern paper cut to 3″ x 5.5″. I glued those to a White card base, and mounted the blooms with foam tape. I die-cut the “Hello” letters from our die set in more of my Dark Green card stock, and cut the shadow from a scrap of White Card stock. I glued those together and down to the card front. Some of the Clear Gold Mirror pin stripes from the kit line the edges of the green pattern paper and add a nice golden shine!

And I couldn’t resist adding this silly pun on the inside of this card. I printed this directly on the card base using my Silhouette Software and the Brady Bunch Remastered font. Silly but sweet!

Puns, Puns and more Puns! How about a double-pun? I knew I was going to be reverse stamping that toucan sometime!

I reverse stamped the toucan using my silicon mat and Onyx Black ink – here’s my reverse stamping technique:

I colored these toucans with my Zig markers and went for a less-realistic, more bright and colorful version this time. The regular stamping is all warm colors, the reverse stamp is all cool colors – fun! Once the toucans were colored, I did take the time to fussy cut them out. I came up with this great background stamping using all the foliage (no monstera leaf) and small flowers from our stamp set. That is stamped twice across the top and once across the bottom with VersaMark ink and all embossed with more LFL Forest Green embossing powder.

I stamped the sentiment with VersaFine Onyx Black ink and embossed it with clear embossing powder. I wish these sentiment stamps were just a little bit bigger – the scripty “Toucan” becomes a little hard to read at this size. I added the toucans with foam tape and we have a double pun – Toucan achieve anything = You can achieve anything OR Two can achieve anything! HA! I think the leafy background stamping at least suggests perches for our birds… and the unconventional coloring is really a blast! Definitely right in line with the colorway of this kit!

I like the leafy background a great deal and thought I’d use it on another card – maybe some Gold on that Dark Green?

I stamped the foliage directly on the Dark Forest Green card base using VersaMark ink and embossed it with the LFL Golden Crown embossing powder – really sharp! I added a piece of the Green ribbon and two peel offs to the left of the stamping for a nice edging on the card front. I stamped, colored and die-cut two more pineapple and added them to the right of the stamping with foam tape.

I die-cut the “Love” and “you” letters (from the add-on die set) from some gold card stock and their shadows from more Dark Green card stock from my stash – no extra layers here – just the gold letters glued to the green shadow. I ended up simply writing the rest of the sentiment with an extra-fine point Gold Sharpie and die cut that with my LF banners die. I attached both parts of the sentiment with foam tape, and some of the gold gems for even more sparkle! Perfect! I think this qualifies as some kind of pun…! Yes?

It seems I just can’t get away from the toucan puns this month… I thought of this one early on, and decided to try it!

Here we have reverse stamping AND masking to get these two birdies to snuggle up nice and close to each other! All stamped on Bristol Smooth card stock with VersaFine Onyx Black ink and colored (more traditionally) with my Zig markers. I also added some extra definition with a white gel pen – especially among the black feathers. I printed this sentiment (does anyone remember this song from the early 70’s? – it was a BIG hit by the band Climax (I remember the song but not the band!)) using the Henny Penny font and die-cut the panel with a LFSRdie and added a thin black mat before gluing both to the Bright Yellow card base.

I did take the time to stamp some extra toucan feet along with the monstera leaf to create a perch for our birds on this card. Yes, I fussy cut the feet and leaves and glued them in position on the birds. That’s a really nice touch of green and a suitable grounding for our toucans. This would make a great anniversary card for a couple with any number of kids… or anybody who just can’t find enough hours in the day. Love this song! “And if I can’t find my way back home…”

That completes my 10 cards using the Love From Lizi June 2021 Tropical Escape Card Kit. Bright and colorful across the board. Taken all together, these cards don’t feel too awfully pink, but they are certainly bright and cheerful!

I managed to use every stamp in this stamp set except for the “Don’t ever feel you can’t, Toucan!” sentiment – I just couldn’t come around to that sentiment. I used 8 of the 12 pattern papers (more than my usual!) and a little bit of all the toppers, ephemera pieces, and embellishments. I didn’t get to the chipboard frames, but I think I used most everything else at least once! Here we have a number of encouragement cards, some love cards, a thank you card, Bon Voyage, Happy Birthday, a wide variety!

This kit is still available at Love From Lizi! If I have managed to catch your eye or you’ve seen something here that you like, I would grab a kit for yourself right away. If you do go shopping with Lizi, please use my links – It helps support this channel and is always supremely appreciated!

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UnBoxing! • Love From Lizi • June 2021 Card Kit

Hello Folks! Scott here showing off the New Love From Lizi June 2021 Card Kit! Tropical Escape is the theme this month!

Quite a bight color palette this month…! Plenty of bright pink to play with! At least it’s kinda HOT pink!

Our five sheets of 8.5″ x 11″ card stock sets the tone with a Zesty Orange, Cerise Pink, Bright Yellow, Dark Forrest Green and a sheet of LFL super-smooth alcohol-friendly White. Our Pin Stripe peel off sheet is a new Clear Gold Mirror style that is basically clear peel offs outlined with gold – you kind of get 2 pin stripes for each peel off!

I’m thrilled we get 8″ x 8″ pattern paper this month! You can usually get a few uses from each sheet! Very Tropical! From Pink Parrots and Flamingos, to lemons, tigers and fun retro patterns – almost hurts my eyes!

The 4″ x 6″ Tropical Escape stamp set features a large Toucan, a bunch of bananas a pineapple, lots of greenery with palms and banana leaves and a hibiscus flower! Some time flower stamps and three pun-y sentiments rounds out this set. Our matching dies will cut out the main images in our stamp set, and includes a nice, large Hello sentiment die – not just the letters, but a shadow die as well! I think shadow dies make die-cut sentiments so much easier to work with!

In our main bag we also have our spool of 5 satin ribbons – 1 meter length of each and all repeating the bright palette of this kit. There is also this sheet of RUB-ONS in the main bag! I love it when Lizi gives us something new to play with! The rest of this treasure is in our Embellishment bag – a popsicle stick (for burnishing the rub-ons to your card stock); 5 wood-veneer die cuts with a TINY flamingo; a great pack of self-adhesive gems (98!) in assorted sizes and colors. I really like gems this small! Then there are four ephemera pieces of tropical icons followed by four large ‘card toppers’ – almost like something from a cut-apart sheet! The Tropical Escape sample Sequin mix has Green, Gold, Pink, Black and White sequins in assorted sizes, and we also get two chip-board polaroid frames with the same retro pattern on one of our pattern papers. That’s all the goodies in the Love From Lizi June 2021 Tropical Escape Card Kit. I did manage to get a few add-ons this month as well..!

The add-on Tropical Escape Pin Stripe peel off Bundle includes Gold Moondust, Mint Green Moondust, Lilac and White pin stripe sheets. Of course, you can always color the White peel offs with any alcohol marker.! The Tropical Escape Variety peel off Bundle includes Yellow Mini Stars, Black Sway, Mauve Straight, and Racing Green Straight. Love my peel offs!

I am thrilled to get the Sentiment Dies add-on! Six sentiment die-cuts – Happy, Birthday, For, With, Love, and you -that also include a shadow die for each! Love those! I also managed to grab this pack of Gold Foiled Sentiment Toppers with dimensional adhesive on their back. This all feels like a Tropical Cornucopia!

As of posting, this kit is available at Love From Lizi! If you like bright summertime colors and this catches your eye, I recommend grabbing one right away – Lizi’s kits often sell out, and once they’re gone, they’re gone..! When you do go shopping with Lizi, please use my links! It helps support his channel and is truly appreciated!

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My Monthly Hero May 2021 • 10 Cards 1 Kit!

Hello Folks! Scott here with my 10 cards created using the My Monthly Hero May 2021 Kit. We are in for a trip to a coral reef with this kit , featuring some of the most beautiful creatures to inhabit the ocean depths.

Our 8″ x 10″ stamp set features this large coral reef stamp with an assortment of fish, shells, coral, some bubbles and six sentiments. There are also matching frame cuts – even for the large reef stamp, and two ink cubes – Contour ink specially made for “no-line” coloring and an Intensified Black ink cube that is waterproof and alcohol marker friendly too! We are treated to a half-ounce pot of Underwater Glitter embossing powder and 7 sheets of 5.5″ x 8.5″ card stock. 2 sheets of Rose Quartz, 2 sheet of Quartz Pearlescent, and 3 sheets of White card stock with a lined texture. So much tropical goodness to play with this month.

I must apologize for being a little late with my post this month. I have been preoccupied with a fun bit of renovation going on in the craft/office/guest bedroom. Our second bedroom is basically 8′ x 14′ and has always doubled as a guest room by way of a futon – the drop wing desk folds down and the futon folds out.

My dest is on the left and Joel’s desk is on the right with the drop-leaf between us – you can see my green cutting mat on the drop-leaf – that is basically my crafting area. Needless to say, all the cupboards are full… and the white cart at the end of the futon is a recent addition to replace an old set of plastic drawers on wheels that finally collapsed under the load of Too Much Paper! I feel like I’m at a slight disadvantage living in New York City… (craft room wise!) not only do we have limited space, but we live two blocks away from the George Washington Bridge so we get A LOT of dust! I don’t think I could have racks and racks of colorfully filed paper just sitting out in the open. So I’ve always been focused on covered storage for all my supplies. My Silhouette Portrait even has a dust-cover!

For a number of years, I had seen some sideways Murphy Beds that had desks attached to them (when folded up) and have been dreaming about one for oh, so long… I found one I really liked but it was HUGELY expensive, so I kept looking around and finally made the plunge and bought this one! (thank you, COSTCO!!)

So this is my new 6′ 4″ craft desk that just happens to have a bed attached to the back of it! I can really spread out! And everything on the desk can stay there as the bed folds out – it automatically stays level and tucks neatly under the bed! We got rid of the drop-leaf table and filled in that space with a lateral file cabinet – MUCH better use of that space – and it fit perfectly!

This Murphy Bed was quite a bear to assemble as the whole thing has to be carefully leveled, and anchored solidly into the wall. Ultimately, we will add cabinets and drawers to the left and right and across the top of the bed – I found some Ikea cabinets that will fit perfectly, but IKEA seems to be out of everything up and down the entire east coast!! The room feels very different but there is much more floor space without the futon! My desk chair fits the new desk as well and I can roll back and forth and to and fro and grab and go!

You can see the edge of the desk nice and flat, level with the floor snuggled up right under the bed! I’m THRILLED! I’ve been working on getting things set up, figuring out new lighting and where to stash everything – when we get cabinets installed the white cart should disappear. We will keep an eye out for lumber prices to drop back to normal and IKEA to get restocked (sometime..!) and meanwhile all my supplies out in the open are contained in plastic and boxes…!

Interestingly enough, all this reno totally quashed my crafting mojo – I was just not feeling it – and even when I sat down to work I kept fussing about… moving things around and figuring out where this tool can and cannot live and what I want on the desk and what needs to be stored away… I was pleased to finally get things together enough to get this batch of cards completed. It’ll take some time to get used to this new set-up and I’ll save the whole craft-room tour for whenever we complete the cabinets and final storage solutions. Till then, let’s make some cards!

I’m not very well practiced with no-line coloring, so I took the Contour Ink and that coral stamp and started playing.

I stamped the coral on some watercolor card stock using the Contour Ink, and colored this with my Derwent Inktense Watercolor pencils. I’m not sure I would suggest that Contour ink for this image… there is SO MUCH DETAIL on this stamp that some of it gets lost with the no-line coloring. I did add some highlights with a white gel pen too. I used the matching die to cut out the coral, and filled in the white border with an alcohol marker. I stamped the coral again on a piece of Hero Hues Arctic card stock using Blue Hawaii Reactive ink, added a touch of shading with an alcohol marker, and stenciled some water ripples over the whole panel using Splash Reactive ink.

I liked the water ripples and thought my coral was feeling a little flat, so I stenciled some ripples on top of the coral as well! I die cut both pieces with a Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangle die and applied a spray or two of Sheer Shimmer Spritz to the background and the coral. I added a thin black mat behind the background panel and glued that to a White card base. I stamped the sentiment using the Intensified Black ink and added clear embossing powder for more shine. Finally, I mounted the coral with foam tape and embellished with some green droplets from the MMH March 2019 kit. I’m always searching for easy ways to add some depth to my underwater cards – no easy task! I think this has some nice dimension and a serene underwater feel..!!

That card was time consuming with LOTS of coloring and fiddling… I wanted something very easy after that…!

If this doesn’t scream Marlin and Nemo! The large clownfish is one of the only two fish stamps looking to the right in this stamp set…

When I was rearranging the office, I ran across these old Darice Easy Frames that you used along with embossing folders to leave an un-embossed area for sentiments or decoration. I realized these were perfect to use as masking to ink blend a specific area on a card front. I taped the square opening template to the front of a White card base and ink blended Splash Reactive ink through the opening – that’s a FAST MASK!! Before I removed the mask I splattered some sparkle over the ink using my Spectrum Noir Sparkle pen and the edge of an acrylic block.

I masked off the bottom edge of the square with some post-it tape and stamped the single coral on the bottom using Blue Hawaii ink. I stamped the bubbles using the same ink and added dots of the Splash ink around the square, using disposable micro applicators and added small white dots with a gel pen. That softened up the edge of the square and camouflaged the not quite sharp edge of the ink blending. I stamped the fish on some Bristol Smooth card stock using the Intense Black ink and colored them with my Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers and die cut them out. I stamped the sentiment with Blue Hawaii ink and embossed it with clear embossing powder. Add the fish using some foam tape and there’s Marlin telling Nemo that he really is fintastic!

I wasn’t going to give up on the coral stamp just yet. Let’s see what happens if we stamp it in Intensified Black to color?

Okay… I think that will work! That big coral stamped on Bristol Smooth card stock with the Intense Black ink, colored with Zig Clean Color markers, die-cut and mounted to this stenciled background – that’s all this stamp needed…!!

On a panel of Hero Hues Nautical card stock, I stenciled in some sunbeams and some dots (SSS Falling Snow stencil) using a light touch of Unicorn White pigment ink. When dry, I sprayed the background with some Sheer Shimmer Spritz and die-cut it with a LFSRdie and glued it to a white card base. I stamped the sentiment using VersaMark ink and embossed it with some White embossing powder and added the coral with foam tape. I used that whole entire coral stamp here – straight up and down that’s 5″ – Now that I’ve conquered that stamp, I never want to color it again! LOL!!

I can’t do an underwater kit and not play with some alcohol inks – what kind of watery backgrounds will emerge..!

This fellow does makes me laugh – he certainly seems Salty!! This would make a great Father’s Day card for a fisherman or even your favorite Grump!! I took my alcohol inks and some Tim Holtz Alcohol Ink card stock and just played around till I was happy with the results – lots and lots of layers here – that’s one way to get some watery depths! While my alcohol inks were drying, I stamped the fish (is this a rock fish?) on some Bristol card stock with the Intense Black ink, colored him with my Zig markers and die-cut him out.

While there was still a touch of tacky to the alcohol inks, I rubbed some silver foil to the sticky parts for some extra shine. I stamped the bubbles using Unicorn White ink and embossing them with clear embossing powder. I die-cut the inked panel with a HA Rounded Rectangle Infinity die, added a thin white mat behind that and glued it to a black card base. I stamped the sentiment using VersaMark ink and white embossing powder, and added two “sway” peel-offs from the Love From Lizi peel off collection to the sides of the card front – nice shine and rather masculine too! I rounded the the right corners with my corner chopper and mounted the fish with foam tape. I love the expression on his face! BTW – this is the only other fish stamp in this set looking right…!

I still have a piece of my alcohol ink background that I can use… I thought this alcohol ink session went very well!

I die cut the leftover background piece with a Tonic Studios Scallop Square Layering die and glued a thin black mat behind that. I cut a piece of this Dark Blue pearlescent card stock to 3′ x 4.25″, positioned the two panels and decided where to stamp the sentiment. It is stamped with VersaMark ink and embossed with SSS Steel Navy embossing powder. The fish are all stamped on Bristol smooth card stock with the intense black ink, and the lion fish is colored with my Zig markers but the other two fish are painted with my pearlescent watercolors – hard to see in a photo but the blue tang and angel fish do sport a hint of reflection. I glued the inked background to the card front and mounted the fish with foam tape and added green and blue droplets for more shine. Not that the alcohol ink needs any help!

One more sentiment in this stamp set – can I come up with another way to use that big coral stamp?

I kind of combined a couple of techniques on this card. I was thinking about the spotlight effect where you only color a shaped portion of a stamp, but I was also thinking of inking a stamp with watercolor markers and just using the stamped outlines as your paint. So I did them both! Interesting, but a little unfocused – I think the spotlight detail has to have much more contrast to really stand out – and you’re not going to get that much contrast just using the outlines as your ink…. I did stamp some Bristol card stock with an old Echo Park Make Waves A2 stamp using Splash Reactive ink, and stamped the coral on top of that using watercolor markers to color the different parts of the stamp. I used clean water to color the coral and background inside the rectangle – not enough contrast – the orange watercolor is overly strong and the purple is shy, but the Splash ink blended nicely.

Instead of adding more color, I just outlined the rectangle with a blue Pigma Micron pen. I stamped the fish and the sentiment with Intensified Black ink, embossed the sentiment with clear embossing powder and colored the clown fish with my Zig markers. I trimmed the painted panel to 3′ x 4″, and added a thin black mat, a thin Arctic mat and a final thin Black mat before glueing all down to the White card stock with the lined texture card base. I used this clown fish a lot – he’s the only fish that is not presented in a plain silhouette – he’s actually looking for something. I think both clown fish in this set will get used a lot over the years! And I need to remember to practice one technique at a time!

We all know seahorses occupy one of the most unique birthing profiles… I can use that!

Father’s day is right around the corner! I printed this sentiment on a white card base using my Silhouette Software and the Noteworthy font. I stamped, colored and die-cut our seahorse as usual, and added him to the card front with foam tape. This is a fun bit of a pun and a terrific Father’s day card!

I had another idea for those Darice Easy Frame Templates so let’s dig those out again!

I taped the Darice oval template to a panel of White card stock, and ink blended Black Soot Distress Oxide ink through the opening. I removed the template and printed this sentiment on the panel using the Raustilla Font. Then I stamped the jellyfish with Unicorn White ink a couple of times and used the same ink to do a little shading under the umbrella cap. Then I stamped the jellyfish once more with VersaMark ink and embossed that with the Underwater Glitter embossing powder. NICE!! I added flotsam around the jellyfish with my white gel pen and Stardust Gelly Roll pen for more sparkles. I like this one a lot – great encouragement card or even a sympathy card!

This next card is quite silly and strictly for grins and giggles. I’d like to dedicate this card to the irrepressible Clara Peller!

Totally fun pun!! A lovely simple giggle for anyone who needs some cheering up! This little guy looks like he actually did lose something important! The sentiment is printed on the card base using the Brady Bunch Remastered font, the clown fish stamped and colored as usual and the bubbles are stamped with the HA Soft Sky ink. This one makes me giggle!!

I found another sly little pun and wanted to use it with this set of cards… I’ve been practicing some watercolor skills…

I watercolored this sunset on the water using Daniel Smith watercolors (dot cards) on some watercolor paper and die cut it out with a LFSRdie. I was originally going to frame this scene with a HA Layering Wood Frame die but decided to go with a couple simple mats instead – a thin white and a thin black mat, and I turned the wood frame into some wood planks. Very Coastal! I printed this fun, slightly pun-y sentiment directly on the card base using the Raustilla Font. I stamped the starfish and scallop shell on Bristol card stock with Intensified Black ink and colored them with Zig markers and die-cut them out. The planks are die cut from some light brown card stock and glued to the edges of the card front. I added the shell and star fish to the corner of the painting with foam tape, and mounted the whole piece to the card front with foam tape as well. A few stars in the sky thanks to a white gel pen, and we have a blissful scene exhorting the benefits of a little time at the beach. If nothing else, those positive ions certainly help!

And Voila! That’s my ten cards inspired by the My Monthly Hero May 2021 Kit. Cards eager to lure you to the beach!

There’s actually a pretty wide variety of cards here, simple and elaborate, splashy or austere, and useful for so many different occasions. My eye is drawn to the top center card – that coral reef stamp has been colored within an inch of its life! That really pays off, but it took too much time to even think about making more than one or two! PHEW! This kit IS still available at Hero Arts (surprisingly). If I’ve managed to spark your imagination or inspired some ideas of your own, I would heartily recommend grabbing a kit for yourself. The MMH Kits are a great value and a terrific way to monitor your craft budget and still get something new every month! If you do go shopping at Hero Arts, please use my links! It helps support this channel, and is truly appreciated more than you can imagine!

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Thank you so much for sharing your time with me today… it is always dearly appreciated! I think we’re at a good holding place as far as the renovations go… I will keep you posted when there are updates! Everything seems to be settling in nicely and I am looking forward to making new things in my new space! If you haven’t subscribed to this site please join us at the top of the page, and remember to Like me, List me, Pin me, Post me, Share me will all your friends, don’t run with scissors… and as always, I wish you and yours Love and Light, Grins and Giggles, and Happy Crafting!

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

Hello Folks! Scott here with my new 10 Cards inspired by the Love From Lizi “Butterfly Wishes” Card Kit. LOTS of butterflies this month with a unique purple and green color palette. As usual, I cut all the colored card stocks in half to make my card bases. I did swap out the super-smooth alcohol-friendly White in the kit for plain White from my stash.

I am not a huge fan of butterflies… now, that doesn’t mean I don’t like butterflies, I just believe they are a little overused in the card making world. I did do a quick inventory of my subscription kit stamp sets and, believe it or not, flowers and butterflies are represented more than any other theme. I guess that shouldn’t be a surprise, but at least you know where I’m coming from. Nonetheless, there are some fun stamps in this kit, so I went ahead and embraced the Lepidoptera!

I’m always thrilled when we are treated to some decoupage sheets in our kits, so that’s where I decided to begin! Remember, the European version of decoupage is layers with dimension… not the American decoupage flat layering.

I really do love those dark purple roses! I used all six layers of this decoupage sheet but I did glue the first two layers flat together. I don’t particularly like dimension between a background and its mat… when viewed from different angles, I think it makes the mat look off center – it’s all about the shadow cast by the background. SO… I did glue the first two layers together but I went ahead and added foam tape between all the other layers. The bottom rose is four layers thick! Seems like plenty of dimension to me! I cut two strips of that great geometric pattern paper and glittered them up with some Sheer Shimmer spray, then glued both to the two sides of our Aubergine card base and trimmed the edges with our Silver Moondust pin stripe peel offs. I’m just trying to keep the glitter from the decoupage piece consistent.

I also don’t really love a “Just For You” sentiment, so after looking at cover-up options, I let the decoupage banner stay and just added a nice “Happy Mother’s Day” stamp. I think that’s the only Mother’s Day stamp I own… from an old (April 2016) My Paper Pumpkin kit. The flowers on the stamp match the small flowers on the decoupage! I fiddled around with some different purple inks to stamp this sentiment, and ultimately decided to stamp this with VersaMark ink and emboss it with Love From Lizi Pastel Purple Party embossing powder. More glitter!! I glued the decoupage piece to the card front and added some silver hearts from the sequin mix, and two of the resin roses beside the banner. Mother’s Day is still a week away and now I have a few options for cards to send out to mom!

I do love Lizi’s decoupage sheets! There’s another one with those dark purple roses – AND a butterfly!

I thought this one was fun because it’s presented to us on the sheet as a diamond and not a square. When I realized the background piece matched up perfectly with this pattern paper, I decided to go square! This decoupage page has three layers and I assembled it normally, except I did glue the body of the butterfly to the background and popped up the wings with foam tape. I cut a square piece of this pattern paper following the lines of the pattern and glued the decoupage piece flat to the pattern paper. I added a small scalloped mat behind that using my Tonic Studios Scalloped Square Layering die and glued the whole assembly to the Lilac card base.

I stamped the sentiment(s) using Hero Arts Grape Juice ink (my darkest purple) and embossed that with some clear embossing powder. I thought the “Get Well Soon” was appropriate for sending someone “Butterfly Wishes”. A couple of iridescent sequins and a purple butterfly sequin adds another touch of shine. I think the square orientation of the decoupage and pattern paper works just as well as a diamond, and I always love squares and circles together!

None of the other decoupage sheets were screaming at me, so I decided to start working with some of the stamps.

You know I love my white space!! I stamped the main butterfly stamp on some LFL super-smooth alcohol-friendly White card stock using my MISTI and VersaFine Onyx Black ink. I left the stamp in position on my MISTI and colored the butterfly with my Spectrum Noir Alcohol markers. I added a number of white dots to the image using a Gelly Roll White pen to resemble a Monarch butterfly. Then I put the colored image back in my MISTI, stamped it again with VersaMark ink, and embossed that with clear embossing powder. That added a nice bit of shine and a tiny touch of dimension! Then I fussy cut the butterfly (yes, the antennae too! (the embossing powder helped!)) and colored the cut edges with a Memento Tuxedo Black Dual marker. Very pleased with that!

I thought that putting this butterfly on a plain White card base wasn’t quite what I was looking for, so I dug around my embossing folders for something appropriate to add some texture to the background. Then I remembered the Rose die in our embellishment bag and came up with this background. I die-cut the rose 12 times from matching White card stock and glued all 12 pieces to my White card base in a repeating pattern. I trimmed all the overhanging edges and was pleasantly surprised with the results! It would have been easier with an embossing folder, but at least this gave me a great reason to use that Rose die!

I stampeded and embossed the sentiment on the same white card stock, and die-cut that out with a Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangle die. I mounted the sentiment and the butterfly to the card front with foam tape, and didn’t add any sequins or embellishment – I thought this butterfly spoke for himself! I think I do like realistic butterfly stamps better than fanciful or fantasy butterflies… I enjoy the challenge of coloring them as accurately as possible!

I was pleased to receive the add-on Butterfly Background stamp this month… I don’t have tons of background stamps so even a butterfly background is a welcome addition to my stash!

But that doesn’t mean I have to USE the background stamp as a background! Using my MISTI again, I stamped the background stamp twice on a panel of Black card stock. I masked off the butterflies I didn’t want, inked the stamp with VersaMark ink, removed the masking, and stamped the selectively inked butterflies on the panel. I embossed all the butterflies with Love From Lizi Silver Glitz embossing powder. This sentiment is from an old Stampin’ Up “Sky is the Limit” stamp set, embossed with the same Silver Glitz powder – great sparkle! I die cut the panel with a LFSRdie, added a thin mat of brushed silver behind that, and glued them both the the Moss Green card base. I tried the Silver Mirror specialty card stock in our kit but the mirror effect was a little too much competition for these little butterflies! I really like how this card turned out! It’s almost the direct opposite of the Monarch card, but both of them are really effective!

There is also a butterfly die in our embellishment bag, and I thought I could create something colorful and not what you might think of with a precisely themed kit like this.

Okay, so I am a totally anal-rententive overly-detailed crazy craftsman, but I really like these rainbow butterflies! I rounded up some rainbow scraps of card stock and my trusty Black Tie glitter card stock and started die-cutting. Three black butterfly outlines and one butterfly each in Purple, Blue, Green, Yellow, Orange and Red. I was very careful not to lose any of the die-cut pieces from the rainbow cut outs. I put a piece of blue painters tape on the back of the Black Tie outlines, and trimmed the edges to match. Then I simply pieced in all the colors – burnishing everything down when complete. SWEET!! I grabbed the “Best Wishes” die from the embellishment bag and cut it 7 times using all the rainbow colors and one Black Tie glitter die cut for the top. I glued those all together for a nice chunky sentiment that matches the butterflies perfectly!

I created this “partial frame” on the Cream card base using the Black Glitter pin stripe peel offs (in this months Variety peel off bundle), and glued everything down to the card front (keeping the butterfly wings free and and slightly folded up). Some of the iridescent sequins from our sequin mix adds more sparkle and a nice sense of movement! You know I like my bright colors and I think this card satisfied my rainbow-junkie needs this month!

Most of our decoupage sheets contain “extras” whether they be different sentiments or even some different images. I believe I mentioned how much I liked this “extra” piece during my unboxing. Let’s make a card with that!

When I was digging through my embossing folders for the Monarch card, I came across this small Sizzix embossing folder that came with my Sizzix Sidekick die cutting machine. There are actually some small roses among that filigree! That should work quite well! I cut a panel of dark Purple card stock from my stash to 2.75″ x 5.5″ and embossed opposite corners with that small folder. I then took my finger dauber reserved for White pigment ink, and, with out adding any more ink to it, lightly brushed that over the embossing to add a little more definition.

The purple rose ribbon caught my eye and I realized how well it complimented the embossing. I glued two strips of the ribbon to the sides of the Lilac card base using my Zyron Sticker maker, and glued the embossed panel on top. I stamped this perfectly tiny sentiment using VersaMark ink and embossed that with Love From Lizi Very Vanilla embossing powder – the background of the rose oval is NOT perfectly white! I added the oval with foam tape and embellished the card front with more iridescent sequins. That’s one way to make a small icon hold focus on a card! Like I said in my unboxing, I really like that single rose oval “extra”!

Let’s get back to our original butterfly stamp in the Butterfly Wishes stamp set. I haven’t used that entire stamp yet…

I stamped this on more LFL alcohol-friendly White card stock using VersaFine Onyx Black ink and embossed the whole stamp with clear embossing powder. In her unboxing, Lizi mentioned that her alcohol-friendly card stock worked with watercolor markers too, so I decided to try that out, and colored the butterfly with my Zig Clean Color markers. NICE! I die cut the circle with a Hero Arts Infinity Circle die, and then ink blended some Grape Juice ink on the background. Never thought of a Purple and Green butterfly before, but I think it works!

I took the long butterfly border stamp and stamped the two edges of the Aubergine card base using VersaMark ink. It’s hard to see in the photo, but reads nicely in real life – a subtle patterning on the sides of the card front. I cut a strip of the silver foil pattern paper to 2 7/16″ (just following the natural dividing line on that pattern paper) x 5.5″ and glued that to the center of the card base. I lined the edges of the pattern paper with more Silver Moondust peel offs from our kit and then die-cut three more circle blanks to glue behind the stamped piece. I inked the edges of the circle with more Grape Juice ink and glued that to the card front. The sentiment is the “extra” from the “Just for You” decoupage sheet and I attached that to the card front with foam tape. The shine from the foiling and the glitter on the sentiment and peel offs provide all the sparkle and shine this card needs!

I also received the add-on Butterfly Wings stamp set this month – a very unique butterfly stamp with flowers for wings!

I stamped that groovy butterfly on more LFL White card stock using VersaFine Onyx Black ink and colored it with my Zig Clean Color markers, and then fussy cut him out. I die-cut the grid pattern paper with a LFSRdie, added a thin white mat behind that, and glued them down to the Moss Green card base. I glued the butterfly body flat to the card front and added foam tape behind the wings. I printed this sentiment on a scrap of White card stock using my Silhouette software and the Fontdinerdotcom Sparkly font. I die-cut the printed sentiment with another LFSRdie and foam taped it to the card front. I added a little sparkle to the butterfly body with my Spectrum Noir Sparkle pen, and a few iridescent sequins for a little extra pop. VERY interesting butterfly stamp – don’t think I’ve seen anything like this before! I love this sentiment too – very encouraging!

Though this card is fairly similar to my Monarch card, they are both quite different in appearance. I really enjoy coloring in almost any medium – I think it’s very therapeutic – and figure that if I’m going to take the time to color a stamp, then I think that stamp should probably be the main focal point on a card. And these are both pretty big butterflies!

I still have to use those “perspective” butterfly stamps in our stamp set, and I found a quote that really spoke to me this month. Yes… I’ll still do some research to help this old brain come up with ideas!

I started this card with the quote laid out in my Silhouette Software, and printed it on another panel of LFL White card stock using the Dream State font for the quote, and the Copperplate font for the name. I laid out the butterfly stamps to help me decide where to die-cut this panel with a LFSRdie. I stamped the butterflies with Onyx Black ink and colored them with my Stabilo Markers – pretty easy stamps to color! I cut the rose pattern paper to 4 1.8″ x 5 3/8″ and glued that to the Ivory card base. I glued the card front to the center and added more sequins for some sparkle and sense of movement. Since these stamps are the same image in different orientations and sizes, it kind of feels like the butterfly is getting closer to us! I don’t usually include such large verses on my cards but this quote felt special to me!

My stash of butterfly puns is running low, but I thought of one more for my last card here. I have been seeing some of these full-frontal shaker cards on the inter-webs recently and decided to try my hand at one.

Actually pretty easy and quite effective! And no fussing around with layers of foam tape! I cut the butterfly pattern paper just slightly smaller than 4.25″ x 5.5″ – just a hair smaller! Then I cut a piece of vellum to 5.25″ x 6.5″ – one inch larger than my card. Then I scored all four sides of the vellum at half an inch with my Score-pal, trimmed the corners away and folded the vellum around the pattern paper to fit. I removed the pattern paper and put Scor-tape on all the edges, and filled the vellum with all the flat sequins from our mix – mostly butterflies and hearts but I think a stray cup sequin found it’s way in here and there. Then I just replaced the pattern paper over the sequins, removed the liner from the Scor-tape, and attached the vellum flaps to the back of the pattern paper. Simply glue the assembly to a card base (White) and you have a full-frontal shaker card – this has a lot of movement and would go through the mail easily.

I printed this pun-y sentiment using the Henny Penny font, and die-cut it with a HA Infinity oval die. I added a purple holographic mat behind the sentiment cut with another oval die, and foam taped them to the card front. Two of the butterfly stickers complete the picture.

I did take the small Happy Birthday sentiment and stamped that on the inside of the card using the Grape Juice ink. That’s a good reason to have a ‘flutterly amazing day’! LOTS of sparkle on this one! It’s been a while since I made a shaker card, and I really enjoyed this version!

That completes my 10 Cards post for the Love From Lizi May 2021 Butterfly Wishes Card Kit. 8 out of 10 of my cards have butterflies…! I may have just out-butterflied myself!! I think I actually achieved a terrific variety of cards!

I used all the card stock for my card bases, but I didn’t use any of the Silver Mirror. I used almost all of our stamps with the exception of the tiny Good Luck and Happy Retirement stamps; I used two of the decoupage sheets along with some “extras”; I used six sheets of pattern paper (no matter how much or little pattern paper we get in our kits, I always seem to use only half!); I used a few peel offs and a little bit of everything in our embellishment bag including 3 of the four dies! I even used the two add-on stamp sets here! A really good assortment of very useful cards! I’m quite pleased! And, Hey! I didn’t even collapse into a bumbling ball of butterfly-inflicted psychoneuroses!!

This kit has sold out already – as with many of Lizi’s kits, this one went very quickly! There are a number of the add-ons still available including the pattern paper pack and the decoupage pack – those would make 10+ cards on their own! If I’ve managed to catch your eye or given you some ideas of your own, here’s a link to Lizi’s May release:

Love From Lizi May 2021 Release: https://shrsl.com/2x78y

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UNBOXING! Love From Lizi • May 2021 Card Kit

Hello Folks! Scott here with a new unboxing for you today! This is the new Love From Lizi May 2021 Card Kit called “Butterfly Wishes” with a kaleidoscope of butterflies and a gorgeous purple and green color palette!

You know me, I’m not particularly enamored with butterflies, but the colors in this kit are enough to whet my creativity.

We actually get SIX sheets of 8.5″ x 11″ card stock with the “specialty” addition of a sheet of Silver Mirror card stock. The other five sheets are Lilac Pink, Ivory, Aubergine Purple, Super Smooth Alcohol friendly White and Moss Green. Loving that dark purple and green…! And a nice sheet of mirror card stock is always welcome!

Here is our Butterfly Wishes Stamp set. This is a 4″ x 6″ clear stamp set featuring Monarch Butterflies in a number of different arrangements. The long border stamp has butterflies facing in all directions so it can be used most anywhere. The large Monarch has a built in background, and the “Butterfly Wishes” sentiment is complimented with an assortment of smaller occasion stamps. Our peel off sheet this month is the Silver Moondust Pin Stripe peel offs. Sparkly without being shiny. I do look forward to coloring that large Monarch!

We get 12 sheets of 6″ x 6″ pattern paper this month, with some glitter and foil accents on some of them, and all featuring that great Lilac / Aubergine / Moss palette. LOVE those dark purple roses!! Not sure which I like better… the Aubergine or the Moss..!?

Her’s the other reason I am happy to live with some butterflies… Decoupage sheets!!! I LOVE it when Lizi includes decoupage sheets in our kits – this is European decoupage – it’s all about dimensional layering – NOT what we think of here in the states as “glue everything down flat” decoupage. Each sheet has the individual layers numbered to help assemble the pieces.

And we get EIGHT of these sheets! Most of the decoupage sheets have butterflies, but not all of them! Again, I love those dark purple roses, and there are lots of “extras” on these sheets as well. I could make 10 cards from these sheets alone..!!

That brings us to our embellishment bag. We get five ribbons (1 meter each) in different widths and a nice canvas-like texture, the Butterfly Wishes Sequin Mix includes Purple and Silver butterflies, Iridescent circles and cupped sequins in a few sizes, and some Silver hearts as well. It’s a treat to get some shaped sequins this month! Next, we have four acetate butterfly stickers with holographic foiling and each sporting two layers for some added dimension. Talking about dimension! These self stick purple resin flowers are quite thick and finely detailed. Lastly, we get this set of four dies. A butterfly (of course) and a very nice rose along with two sentiment dies – “Best Wishes” with a tiny butterfly and a “Have a Lovely Day” tag die (with a couple of tiny butterflies)!

I also received a couple of the add-ons this month including the two peel off bundles and add-on stamp sets!

The Butterfly Wishes Variety Peel Off Bundle includes 1 sheet each of Holographic Sway, Mint Moondust Straight, Mini Hearts in White (can be colored with any permanent (alcohol) marker), and Black Glitter Pin Stipe peel offs. The Butterfly Wishes Pin Stripe peel off Bundle includes a sheet of Purple Holographic, Mauve Moondust, Racing Green, and Clear Iridescent Glitter Pin Stripe peel offs. This is a GREAT assortment of colors and shapes!

And here’s our two 3″ x 4″ add-on Stamp Sets. The Butterfly Wing stamp set features a very interesting butterfly whose wings are composed of roses – you know I won’t be able to resist coloring that one! The Butterfly Background stamp set is a nice kaleidoscope of butterflies perfect for creating your own backgrounds.

That’s everything I received with my Love From Lizi Butterfly Wishes May 2021 Card Kit. Lizi has BUNCHES of add-ons curated to match this kit perfectly, including more dies and an 8″ x 8″ set of matching pattern papers. This kit is now available at Love From Lizi, so if you love butterflies OR purple, I’d grab a kit as soon as possible! Lizi’s kits do tend to sell out – sometimes extremely quickly.

If you are a subscriber, you can add products to your kit without incurring any additional shipping fees. The cut-off date for additions is 9am (British Summer Time) on Wednesday, April 28th. (You might make that the end of the day on the 27th if you live join the states – just to be sure!) If you do go shopping with Lizi, please use my links! It helps support this channel and is appreciated wholeheartedly!

Love From Lizi May 2021 Butterfly Wishes Card Kit: https://shrsl.com/2×792

LFL May 2021 Butterfly Wishes Add-ons and May 2021 release: https://shrsl.com/2x78y

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

Hello Folks! Scott here with a new 10 Cards 1 Kit post featuring the new My Monthly Hero April 2021 Kit! This kit explores the trend of stencil layering, and boasts a large collection of graphic animal stamps and geometrics.

The 6″ x 8″ stamp set in our kit this month features these solid graphic animal stamps and all sorts of mix and match sentiments along with a few flowers and embellishments. Of course we get 16 coordinating frame cuts for each and every shape in our stamp set. We get three Geometric Rotating Stencils in our kit along with three ink cubes in Tangerine, Raspberry Jam, and Grape Juice. As an extra special bonus, we get a new Hero Arts Ink Blending Brush – super soft and packed full of bristles, Hero Arts now sells these premium Blending Brushes in a pack of two different sizes. Lots of possibilities here!

These stencils were designed to create countless unique kaleidoscope-inspired designs by layering and rotating them at any angle. I figured I should explore some of the possibilities presented by these stencils first.

I know a lot of crafters have started using Pixie Spray to coat the back of their stencils with a light tack that helps to hold your stencil securely down to your paper. I have always used just a light coat of my Zig 2 Way Glue pen with the broad tip to coat the back of my stencils… when dry, it becomes sticky and retains that tack through multiple washings. I went ahead and coated the back of all three stencils and let them dry.

I took the Straight Lines stencil and ink blended some Hero Hues Lemon Drop Reactive ink on some plain White card stock (cut to 6.5″ x 6.5″) then I removed the stencil, rotated it 90 degrees to the left, and blended the Tangerine ink through the stencil for the second layer. You could keep going… rotating the stencil and blending in even more (or the same) colors, but I stopped with two layers… Very interesting!

Then I took the Quarter Circle stencil and did the same using the Raspberry Jam and Grape Juice inks included in the kit. I LOVE the graphic nature of this and the colors work brilliantly together!

I also did the same technique with the Assorted Shape stencil using Splash and Blue Hawaii Reactive inks. I think this one really shows off the layering aspect of the stencil and creates a terrifically unique pattern.

These stencils were designed to be used in conjunction with each other; so I stenciled this pattern using Lemon Drop ink through the Quarter Circle stencil, Splash ink through the Assorted Shapes stencil, and Fruit Punch Reactive ink through the Straight Lines stencil. I kept my ink blending fairly light for a soft, springtime feel, and I absolutely LOVE the touches of green where the Lemon Drop and Splash inks overlap. I have to admit I really like all three of these stencils – individually AND all together!!

The Raspberry and Grape stenciled pattern really caught my eye to begin with and that’s where I started with my cards.

I divided my stenciled pattern right down the middle and used the left half for this card. I really like this Quarter Round stencil – since none of the images overlap, it gives you so many trimming options! I glued that panel to the center of a dark purple card base from my stash, and trimmed the edges with some Love From Lizi Purple Mirror pin stripe peel offs. I stamped the bird (and the tiny egg) on a scrap of White card stock using the Raspberry Jam ink and touches of the Grape Juice ink for a little shading, and then die-cut them out using the matching dies.

I stamped the sentiment with the Grape Juice ink and embossed that with some clear embossing powder. I trimmed the sentiment to size, and die-cut a 2″ circle from White card stock using a Hero Arts Circle Infinity die. I glued the circle directly to the card front, and added the bird, egg and sentiment using foam tape. I did add a tiny Nuvo Crystal Drop in Ebony Black to add a little life to our bird, and I rounded the right corners of the card with my corner chomper. I do think laying an egg is pretty damn amazing!! LOL!!

I am always temped to just stamp solid stamps in black… silhouettes are always effective… here it works even better!

A black cat is appropriate, and I think this helps drive home the “solid friend” sentiment! I trimmed down my Straight Lines stenciled pattern to 5.25″ x 4″ and added a thin black mat behind that and glued them to a White card base. I stamped the cat and the sentiments using Hero Arts Intense Black ink and embossed the sentiment for a little shine and texture. I die-cut the cat and trimmed down the sentiment and added both to the card front with foam tape. I also added a little black Nuvo Drop to the eye of the cat. It’s delightful to see these plain block images come to life with the simple addition of a shiny black eye. Looks even better in real life!

On the backer card for this kit, Hero Arts used the Geometric Stencils for decoration, but the side with the Assorted Shapes stencil seems to be sporting a different arrangement of the pattern. Same shapes but in a different pattern.

This is what I got with two layers of the Assorted Shapes stencil . Similar, but not the same! I started fiddling around to see how they got the pattern on the backer card in our kit.

It took a while, but I finally figured out that by cutting the stencil into quarters (following the clear straight lines in the original stenciling) then rotating the four pieces 180 degrees (opposite corners to the center) we get the exact same pattern as the one on the backer card!

So… the backer card is actually four double-layer Assorted Shapes stencils meeting up in the center of the card. It really tickled me to figure this one out! It appears that these stencils could be used to cover much larger areas than just the simple 6″ x 6″ original size – making them all ‘infinity’ stencils if you will. Great for all you scrapbookers out there!

That rounded square in the center was certainly begging to be used as a square card. And who was I to deny that?

I taped the four quarters of my stenciled pattern together in the new arrangement and die-cut the center of the pattern with a 4″ Square Infinity die and glued that down to a 4.25″ x 4.25″ square card base. I like this size of square card because it can be mailed in a standard A2 envelope. I stamped (and reverse stamped) the fish using Hero Hues Creamsicle Reactive ink and a little of the Tangerine ink for some shading.

I stamped the sentiments using the Tangerine ink and embossed both with clear embossing powder. I trimmed down the large sentiment, die-cut the fish with the included frame cuts, and die-cut the smaller sentiment using a Lawn Fawn Everyday Banners die. I mounted all pieces to the card front with foam tape, added some Blue Droplets (from the MMH March 2019 Kit) on the background and some small Orange Glitter Enamel dots for the fish eyes. Truly a delightful Hello card! Love that Blue and Orange!

Now I have that stenciled patten I created using all three of the stencils. The colors are so nice and delicate that this seemed to be the perfect use for that piece.

I die-cut the background with a Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangle die, added a thin mat of Hero Hues Mist card stock and glued those to a White card base. I stamped the sentiment using Fruit Punch Reactive ink, embossed that with clear embossing powder and die-cut it with another LFSRdie. I die-cut another 2″ circle from white card stock and added thin mats of Mist card stock behind that and the sentiment.

I stamped the dragonflies (I really like these stamps) with Lemon Drop and Splash ink, and then used a Brown TomBow marker directly on the stamp to color the bodies. I am using my HA Misti to do all my stamping. I glued the matted circle flat to the card front and added the dragonflies and the sentiment with foam tape. I found some tiny copper gems in my stash (from the Love From Lizi March 2018 Card Kit) and added them to the ends of the dragonflies antenna for a surprise pop of sparkle. I’m loving this card!

Now that uses my four stenciled backgrounds but we have lots of stamps to go! This one makes me giggle..!

HA! I stamped the dog using Hero Arts Sand Stone and Cup O’ Joe ink, and stamped the tree with Key Lime Fizz and Green Apple Reactive inks, stamping the trunk by using a TomBow marker. I die-cut both with their matching Frame Cut dies. I freehand cut the hillside from some Hero Hues Kiwi card stock, and ink blended a little Splash ink directly behind that on the White card base. I stamped the sentiment on the card base with Key Lime Fizz Reactive ink and embossed it with clear embossing powder.

I glued the hill flat to the card base, and added the dog and tree using foam tape. I had to add this little heart (stamped in Fruit Punch Reactive ink) to show our doggie’s appreciation and I added a little sparkle to that with my Spectrum Noir Sparkle pen. Another mini copper gem for the dog’s eye brings him right to life. Though this isn’t a pun… I do think it’s a great light-hearted joke!

The black cat made me think about the possibilities of stamping some of these animals in white. That could work..!?

I stamped the fox and the bunny multiple times on some Hero Hues Pitch Black card stock using Unicorn White ink and die-cut them both with their matching dies. I die-cut three more ‘blanks’ of the bunny and fox and glued them all together for a little added dimension. I trimmed the other half of my Quarter Circles stenciled pattern to 5.25″ x 2.75″ and glued that to a thin black mat and then down to a white card base. I glued a 5/8″ strip of Bazzill 40# Vellum over the bottom row of the background using my Zyron Sticker Maker. I wanted to give our stamps some ground to stand on, but didn’t want to completely obliterate the background.

I lined the top of that velum strip with another Purple Mirror peel off and glued the animals on top of that. I stamped the sentiment on more Pitch Black card stock using Hero Arts Embossing and Watermark ink and embossed that with White Embossing powder. I die-cut that (and three more ‘blanks’) with the LFSRdie, glued them all together, and glued that to my card front. Once again, I added little black Nuvo Drops to the eyes of our animals – still amazed to see how much life that adds to these stamps. I guess it has truly been an unprecedented year if these two “mortal enemies” miss each other too!!

I haven’t used any of the flower stamps yet, and I thought a colorful single-layer card would put them to good use!

I am loving this Birthday card! Using some simple masking, I stamped all our flowers in this fun arrangement using Lemon Drop, Key Lime Fizz, Splash and Fruit Punch Reactive inks. I stamped the Sentiment with the Grape Juice ink and embossed it with clear embossing powder. I stamped the two asterisks in Creamsicle Reactive ink and the star with Lemon Drop ink – I did add some clear embossing powder to the star. Once I had successfully stamped everything, I die-cut this panel with a LFSRdie, added thin mats of dark purple, white and light purple, and glued it to my card base. I dug through my stash of crystals and enamel dots and found a little sparkle for each of the elements on this card.

To tell the truth, it took me four tries to get this all stamped correctly. I was working on this card after a day of being back to work (part-time but oh, so welcome!!) and I was possibly not as focused as I should have been. I did do a trial run of this arrangement – just black ink on some graph paper – so I knew where I wanted everything to go… I guess I was a little distracted (maybe even a little tired) so I literally had to keep reminding myself to remove the masks after inking the stamps. I do think the effort was worth it as I am completely in love with this card, and I think the graphic suggestion of a birthday cake goes along perfectly with the theme of this kit!

If you have followed me for any time at all, you know I am not particularly in love with butterflies on my cards. However… I did think that the butterfly stamp in this kit was quite unique – a bit more more bug-y than beautiful..!

I stamped the butterfly stamp in two-tones using Creamsicle and Lemon Drop, Fruit Punch and Taffy, Key Lime Fizz and Green Apple, Thistle and Grape Slush, and Splash and Blue Hawaii Reactive inks. I also used my TomBow marker to stamp the brown bodies just like I did with the dragonflies. I die-cut all with their matching frame cut die. I printed this perfectly appropriate sentiment directly on the White card base using my Silhouette Software (remember it’s FREE!) and the Colonna MT font. I thought that font was a similar match to the sentiments in this stamp set.

I trimmed the leftover bit of my three-stencil pattern down to 1.75″ x 5.5″ and glued that to the left side of the card base. I did run a clear glitter peel off down the edge of that as well. I attached all the butterflies to the card front using foam tape, and added an assortment of clear sequins and gems for some extra special sparkle! Love it! What a fun Valentine or Anniversary card for anyone in a long term relationship!

I have now used every single stamp in this stamp set – that’s always my goal, and I try to resist adding my own spin on things until I’ve covered all the bases. Though I really love the dragonfly and the bunny stamp, I thought the fox stamp offered a little bit more flexibility than the others.

I stamped the fox on a scrap of White card stock using some Stamping’ Up Calypso Coral (the best reddish-orange dye ink I have in my stash) and went after him with my White Gelly Roll pens and a Pigma Micron black pen. It was fairly easy to add a smallish touch of realism to this solid stamp – I like him! I was inspired to create this background by a pile of thin white card stock strips that had accumulated on my desk from all the mat cutting I had done. I colored half of the strips using Grape Slush ink and the other half using Green Apple ink. I assembled them together on a piece of tape and trimmed down the edges to make a kind of graphic suggestion of a forest.

I printed this sentiment (same font as the butterfly card but in black) directly on the card front and glued the background piece in the center of the card front. I added the fox with some foam tape, and for a final touch, stamped the Happy Birthday sentiment on the inside of the card. You can always make fun of a person’s age on their birthday, but it does become more relevant as we get older (and older and older)! Though this card is poking gentle fun, it’s also kind of a compliment acknowledging that with age comes wisdom… I’m hoping!!!

Are you jonesing for a pun? I know I am! I looked high and low for appropriate puns to use with this kit. This one wins!

This one makes me laugh out loud, and is perfectly attuned to our life and times at the moment! And I LOVE this super-long Dachshund! When I realized that I could make this dog stamp as long as I wanted (it IS a straight line from his head to his tail) I was very excited! I stamped his front on the left of a card panel and his rear to the right of that panel using my MISTI to keep him lined up. Then I used some post-it tape to mask out the area for his body – just match front to back – then I ink blended more Sand Stone and Cup O’ Joe ink to fill in the body. I also used some alcohol markers to help with the blending, but this is much easier than you might have imagined! Also… Dachshunds don’t tend to have spots, so I colored in all the spots on the stamp too. It was also easy to do some partial die-cutting on the two ends, and connect the cuts with a craft knife. I actually hollered with joy when I got him cut out!

I cut the stenciled pattern strips from a drop-shadow experiment I was trying – I stenciled two layers of the Quarter Circles stencil on some Kraft card stock using HA White Unicorn pigment ink. I let that dry thoroughly, and then stenciled over that again using Splash and Blue Hawaii ink and offsetting the stencil just a little bit… it didn’t give me quite as much punch as I thought it would, but it did provide me with the perfect touch to add some more color and pattern to this card. I added thin black masks behind both strips and trimmed them down to 5.5″.

I printed this sentiment on the card front using the Brady Bunch Remastered font, (one of my favorites for humorous cards) and glued the matted pattern strips to the top and bottom, then added our wiener dog with foam tape. Another dot of Nuvo Drops on the eye brings more life to our pooch, and I honestly believe I have never heard this pun before…! This is almost a double pun as well… “long time no see” what with the dog looking at his tail that’s so far away..! This card gives me great joy – I hope you like it too!

So that’s my 10 Cards inspired by the My Monthly Hero April 2021 Kit. A really amusing batch of of very colorful cards!

I did use every single stamp in this stamp set… I used all of the stencils and ink cubes as well! I have a couple of birthday cards and thank you cards… lots of friendship cards and missing you cards and even a Valentine/Anniversary card! Not too shabby! Quite a unique set from hero Arts this month! I’m always thrilled to get the chance to work with something new and different whenever the opportunity presents itself! I hope you like my little collection… let me know which card(s) are your favorite!

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

Hello Folks! Scott here with my 10 cards created with the NEW Love From Lizi April 2021 Card Kit. This is the “Really Dig You” kit with a gardening theme and another cute Eyelash Girl in a pair of wellingtons. Very Springy!

I did make my 10 card bases using the five sheets of card stock included in the kit – swapping out the alcohol-friendly White for some plain White from my stash. At first glance, I wasn’t quite sure which direction this kit was pointing me to, so, I turned to the stamp set for ideas. It seemed to me that the the position of the Eyelash girl’s arms seemed like she could actually be holding the shovel… let’s try that!

A little bit of careful masking and stamping, and sure enough, our Eyelash Girl is holding that shovel perfectly! I stamped the shovel on some LFL alcohol-friendly White card stock using Versafine Onyx Black ink, and stamped it again on some Inkadinkado Stamping Mask paper, cut it out carefully (including the signage) and placed the mask over my stamped image. Then I lined up the Eyelash Girl stamp and stamped her on top of the shovel mask. I stamped and cut out the girl from the Stamping Mask Paper and covered the stamped image with that mask. Then I stamped the shed “behind” her using Hero Arts Sand Stone ink. I went with brown so the shed wouldn’t compete too much with the girl. I stamped the weathervane, watering can and gardening tools with Black Onyx ink to fill out the whole scene.

I colored the shed and ground with Prismacolor colored pencils, and colored our gardener with Spectrum Noir alcohol markers. I ended up re-stamping, coloring and fussy cutting the body of the watering can and the signage on the shovel. Because I didn’t mask off the watering can, I couldn’t obliterate the shed lines, and the shovel signage wasn’t staying as clean and pristine as I wanted. I glued those pieces in place and added some sky and clouds with my alcohol markers.

I trimmed my colored panel to 4″ x 5.25″ and considered stamping the sentiment on the inside of this card. I ended up stamping the sentiment with Onyx Black ink and embossing it with Clear Embossing powder over the top of the shed. I thought that fit nicely there, and think it came out quite readable! I added a thin brown mat behind the colored panel and glued those to the Soft Lemon Yellow card base. For a final touch, I added a Red Glitter Mini Heart over the heart at the end of the sentiment – a tiny touch of sparkle for this outdoor scene… though I do find it a little hard to imagine that anyone would wear a nice frilly dress to work in the garden! Maybe it’s an old dress…!?

Though it wasn’t intended, I used the vast majority of our image stamps on this first card! So I figured I’d play with some of the ephemera pieces now… and see how many of the sentiment stamps I can use!

Here’s the perfect opportunity to use a bunch of our potted plant ephemera and this affectionate sentiment! I cut a scrap of White card stock to 2 3/8″ x 5 1/2″, stamped and embossed the sentiment in the center towards the bottom. I added a piece of pattern paper behind that cut to 2 7/8″ x 5 1/2″ and glued both to the Pink card base. I outlined all of the edges with the Pink/silver Pin Stripe peel offs we got in last months kit. I glued the pots on the sides flat to the card front, added the next two pots with foam tape and mounted the largest pot with two layers of foam tape. A couple of Pink Mini Heart peel offs from the Really Dig You Variety peel off pack highlight the sentiment and match the pin stripe peel offs perfectly! I like the dimension on this card and can imagine a variety of uses for a sentiment like this!

One sentiment really had me scratching my head. “Don’t let things bug you” is a perfectly fine sentiment, but I was having a hard time figuring out how to illustrate that sentiment on a card.

Scattered Hearts Stencil to the rescue! I realized those little hand-drawn hearts would make perfect bugs! I used my HA Sand Stone ink to stencil all the hearts on a panel of White card stock and took a brown Pigma Micron pen to add eyes and legs to all the “hearts” – instant infestation! I even added tiny dots of my Stardust Gel pen to all the “eyes” to give the bugs a touch of life. Once I had “bugged-out” all the hearts I die-cut that panel with a Lawn Fawn Stitched rectangle die. I cut a piece of the scattered hearts patten paper to 3″ x 4.25″, glued that to a White card base and added some of the Petrol Blue Pin Stripe Peel offs to the top and bottom edges.

I mounted the bug panel with foam tape and stamped and embossed the sentiment on a scrap of White card stock. I die-cut the sentiment with a Lawn Fawn Everyday Sentiment Banners die and mounted that to the top with more foam tape. This makes me giggle a lot… certainly not what one would expect to find on a greeting card! Call the Exterminator!

You know I like puns, and we have a nice “thyme” pun with our sentiments… seems we only have one item in this kit actually alluding to thyme… or any herbs as the case may be.

Again I used the Scattered Hearts stencil to add gold foil to the purple plaid pattern paper. I used a 2.25″ x 5.25″ piece of that pattern paper and stenciled the hearts using Deco Foil Transfer Gel. I let that dry completely, added some Gold Deco foil on top, and sent it through my laminator. I admit I love this Deco Foil process – I think it’s one of the least expensive ways to add real foiling on a card – no fancy heating machines or expensive foil plates needed. I added a thin white mat behind my foiled panel and glued that to the left side of the Royal Purple card base.

I stamped the sentiment on a lighter piece of purple card stock from my stash, embossed that with White Embossing powder and fussy cut that into a thin banner. I added that and the “HERBS” ephemera piece with foam tape and finished this card out with some gold sequins from our sequin mix. Nice pun! Though I don’t know of many flowering herbs..!

One more sentiment from this stamp set! It’s a pun and another head-scratcher as far as what’s included in this kit.

I couldn’t find any peas in our kit, so I figured these glass domes would work to give us some sense of “inner”..!? LOL! I die-cut this pattern paper with a LFSR die, and stamped and embossed the sentiment in the lower third. I added a thin white mat behind that and glued those to our Orange card base. I stamped the boots on the polka-dot pattern paper, added a little shading with colored pencils, fussy cut them out and glued them together. I glued the garden tool ephemera pieces all around the edge, and then mounted the two domes and the boots with foam tape – two layers on the left dome. This is a really bright card! The orange circles on the pattern paper match the card base nicely, though I would generally never pair pink and orange together – but it works very nicely here! Another note… I believe the greenery under the left dome would pass as thyme…!

That takes care of all the sentiments in our stamp set! Let’s move on to some sentiments of my own…!

I was sorry our ephemera pack only had one of these female scarecrow pieces… I thought they were unique and unexpectedly charming! I die-cut the stitched ovals (scarecrow pattern paper and a white mat) using the Gina K / Therm-o-web Oval dies and glued them together. I added short strips of the Mauve Moondust Straight Peel offs (from the Variety pack this month) to the center of the Royal Purple card base and glued the oval on top. I printed this sentiment on a scrap of card stock using the Brady Bunch Remastered font, trimmed that down, rounded the corners and mounted that and the scarecrow with foam tape. We had no purple enamel dots in our kit, so I found these purple enamel dots from a prior LFL kit and added them to the sentiment.

Okay, I did address the “crazy” eyes on our scarecrow (note the pattern paper) with a white gel pen and black Pigma Micron pen. I understand that the eyes are supposed to be buttons, (with eyelashes!?!) but I do think they make our scarecrow look positively demented! Is there such a thing as a Zombie Scarecrow?? I did like giving her a little bit more personality with some normal eyes! I think this pun is appropriate and gently giggle-inducing!

Mothers Day is on the horizon, and I couldn’t resist using this great ephemera piece and a bit of a pun…

I die-cut the dotted pattern paper with a Tonic Studios Scalloped Square Layering Basics die – I used the 3.75″ square die and partially die cut that square, shifted the die down to about 4.5″ and finished die-cutting the rectangle. A little scalloped border is nice and feminine. I took the Poker Stencil from the LFL 1/21 Kit and blended some Hero Arts Thistle Reactive ink through the stencil on the Pink card base. I figured the pattern paper was pink dots on purple so… … … … ! I added a thin white mat behind the scalloped pattern paper and glued those to the card base. I printed this sentiment on a scrap of card stock again using the Brady Bunch Remastered font, and die-cut it to size using a smaller Tonic scallop die. I mounted the ephemera piece and the sentiment with foam tape, and added some Studio Katia Cupid’s Kiss crystals for a touch of sparkle. This just might be the card I send to my Mother this year!

I did want to try our Eyelash Girl stamp (with the shovel!) again without all the background noise…

I stamped / masked / stamped / colored and die-cut (with the matching die) our eyelash Girl and the shovel on some LFL alcohol-friendly card stock. I took a scrap of Kraft card stock and die-cut this wooden frame using a Hero Arts Wood Frame Infinity die and covered the back of that with a piece of velum. I punched a border on the orange card base using an old American Crafts Border punch, and added a piece of Kraft paper behind that to complete the card front. I ran a piece of the orange ribbon down the left side of the card front and added a small bow. I stamped and embossed the sentiment as usual, (masking off the trailing end), glued the frame to the card front and mounted our gardener with foam tape. I added some heart shaped glitter and discovered that glitter fit inside the heart die-cuts almost perfectly! Really digging this card! Sweet and fairly simple, but kind of stunning all the same!

I had another idea for a truly affectionate card using one of the smaller stamps in this stamp set:

Love that white space!! LOL! I stamped the top of the shed and the weathervane on some LFL alcohol-friendly White card stock and colored them with my Spectrum Noir Alcohol markers. I was going for a verdigris patina on the weathervane and referenced the Statue of Liberty for that color choice. Perfect! I die-cut the image and Kraft mat with my Hero Arts Circle infinity dies and glued them together. I printed this sentiment directly on the card base using my Silhouette Software and the Book Antiqua font (caps) and the BlackJack font (script). I mounted the matted image with foam tape and added some of the brown Glitter Enamel dots for some highlights. I LOVE THIS CARD! I realize that a weathervane only points north when the wind is coming from the south, but I think this works perfectly for any kind of affection, love, or even a grateful Thank You card!

I did receive the Potting Shed Stamp set (add-on) this month and had to give that stamp a card of it’s own!

I stamped this on some Bristol Smooth card stock using VersaMark Onyx Black ink and colored all with my Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers – I figured I needed the extra-fine point on those markers to color some of the tiny details in this stamp. Notice I did adjust the crazy eyes on the scarecrow again…! I trimmed the colored panel to 4.25″ x 3.75″ and added a thin mat of the boot plaid pattern paper behind. I added some yellow ribbon to the two sides and the Glitter Enamel dots on top. I printed this sentiment (Sign Painter font) on some scraps of White card stock and die-cut both lines with a LF Everyday Sentiment Banners die before mounting them to the card front with foam tape. I love this sentiment! It’s actually an old quote from Audrey Hepburn! Beautifully appropriate and extremely hopeful!

That completes this 10 Card 1 Kit post featuring the Love From Lizi April 2021 Card Kit. A really nice assortment of cards useful for a variety of occasions and all sporting a very colorful spring time color palette!

Now I have yet another Eyelash Girl to add to my collection! This kit presented me with a few head-scratchers but ultimately revealed itself to be a terrific collection of stamps and images perfect for any gardening enthusiast! I used all of the card stock and MOST of the stamps in this stamp set – I didn’t get to the larger watering can for some reason; I used 8 of the 16 pattern papers, I used the stencil a couple of times, one of the dies, a little of the peel offs, a few sequins, some ribbon, and a good amount of the ephemera. I used the add-on Potting Shed stamp and a few peel offs from the variety pack. A little bit of everything! Naturally, I have plenty of leftovers that will find a loving home in my stash!

As of posting, this kit is still available at Love From Lizi! If I’ve managed to inspire you or captured your imagination, I would recommend grabbing one of the kits sooner rather than later. Lizi’s kits most always sell out rapidly! If you do go shopping with Lizi, please use my links – It is supremely appreciated and incredibly helpful! Thanks!

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UNBOXING! Love From Lizi April 2021 Card Kit

Hello Foks! Scott here with the NEW Love From Lizi April 2021 Card Kit. Lizi calls this kit the “Really Dig You” Card Kit and, as usual, the kit is loaded with supplies and embellishments with a springtime gardening theme.

We have a really fun color palette this month, and Lizi has a couple of surprises in store for us as well!

We start with our five sheets of 8.5″ x 11″ card stocks in a Royal Purple, Soft Lemon Yellow, Pink, super-smooth alcohol marker-friendly White, and an lovely Orange / Tangerine that is quite springy!!

Our “Really Dig You” pattern paper pack includes 16 sheets of 6″ x 6″ single-sided pattern papers with lots of patterns and images leaning towards an organic home-grown ethos… I like these – just little touches of pink here and there…!

It’s always a treat to get a stencil in our kits! This month we have this fun 6″ x 6″ Scattered Hearts stencil with a large assortment of hand-drawn hearts playfully dancing across the whole stencil. One of our pattern papers features this pattern!

The 6″ x 8″ “Really Dig You” stamp set features a large potting or gardening shed stamp with one of the Eyelash Girls in some wellingtons (boots) along with a large assortment of gardening implements and 5 sentiments that include a number of puns! We also get matching dies this month! 11 dies that will cut all the stamped images in this set.

We do get our matching Satin ribbon and Enamel Glitter dots. One meter each of light green, pale yellow, brown, dark green, and a soft orange 1/4″ ribbon that matches our assorted enamel dots. The sample pack of the “Really Dig You” sequin mix includes pink, gold, oyster, navy and chocolate brown sequins in assorted sizes. And we get a new color Peel off this month! This is the Petrol Blue pin stripe peel off that has a smooth mirror Finnish. Great color!

Naturally, Lizi is going to include a big pack of ephemera in this kit! These die-cut images include a fully decked-out potting shed, 16 different Eyelash Girls, lots of gardening tools, flowers, plants, wreaths, and even a pair of boots (wellingtons) sprouting flowers. Enough ephemera to keep you going for a long time!

That’s everything in the Love From Lizi April 2021 “Really Dig You” Card Kit. Lizi also has the Pattern paper pack, the Ephemera pack, Enamel Glitter dots and Sequin mix available as add-ons if you want to plump out your stash!

I did get the two Add-on Peel off Bundles this month. On the left is the Really Dig You Variety Peel off Bundle that includes Pink Mini Hearts, Blue Sway, Mauve Moondust Straight, and Gold Glitter Mini Circles (New!). The Really Dig You Pin Stripe Peel off Bundle (on the right) has a sheet of the NEW Purple Holographic peel offs as well as Green, Lemon Glitter and Brown Mirror. All selected to compliment this kit (and add to our peel off stash!)

Lizi also has a couple of add-on stamp and die sets to go along with our kits this month and I managed to get one!

This is the Potting Shed Stamp set that features the shed all decked out with gardening accoutrement and an adorable Eyelash Girl Scarecrow on the left – she makes me giggle! The sentiments are a little more standard in this stamp set but I am looking forward to trying my had at coloring this whole scene!

Lizi has also released three Mini Essential Peel off Bundles that feature Mini Stars, Mini Hearts, and Mini Circles in Gold, Silver, Black and White. Perfect essentials to go along with all your crafting and card making needs!

This looks light a fun batch of supplies to play with this month – lots of gardening puns and a huge amount of fun images to coax us all out of our houses and into the garden to welcome the rebirth of Spring! At posting, the kit is still available at Love From Lizi, along with a whole host of other releases, bundles, packs, stamps and dies. Subscribers (or anyone ordering a kit) has through Sunday March 28th (9am GMT 3/29) to add as many extras as you like to your kit orders for no extra shipping! That’s right… AS MANY EXTRAS AS YOU WOULD LIKE for NO EXTRA SHIPPING CHARGES.

Lizi’s kits sell out quickly, so if you’d like to get in on some gardening fun, I’d grab a kit for yourself as soon as possible! If you do go shopping with Lizi, please use my links – it helps support this site and is always trill appreciated! Thank You!

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

Hello Folks! Scott here with my 10 Cards 1 Kit post featuring the My Monthly Hero March 2021 Kit! If you, or anyone you know loves books, then this kit is perfect for all those bibliophiles on your list!

Our 6″ x 8″ stamp set features three readers in various poses along with a sleeping cat and some extra props, a large tree with unusual items amongst the branches, and even some graphic examples of what our readers might be reading about! There are six sentiments in this kit with a nice grouping of book-centric wishes and puns! We get seven coordinating Frame Cuts, a Rainbow Reactive Palette ink pad, a Water Flow brush, six large bookmarks cut from Pure White card stock, and six meters of Rainbow Hemp Cord. Everything we need to celebrate those with a penchant for books and reading!

Before we get into the cards this month, I have a winner to announce from last month’s HA Giveaway! If you missed the MMH 2/21 Hawaii Kit giveaway it was only announced in the video description last month – just to see if anyone reads those things…! Some people do!! The winner of a My Monthly Hero February 2021 Hawaii kit is Noreen Hennessy from Poughquag, NY! Congratulations, Noreen! Your kit is on the way!! For those who missed out on this prize, I promise not to be so coy the next time I do a giveaway!

At first glance, I think my favorite “reader” is the young lady in the chair. At least she has something to sit in/on!

First I stamped the coffee stool on some Bristol Smooth card stock using HA Intense Black ink and I fussy cut a mat for that with some Post-it Tape. I masked off the stool and stamped the occupied chair with the same ink. I stamped the sentiment the same, but embossed it with some clear embossing powder for a little texture and shine. I used my Stabilo watercolor markers to color this image – nice bright colors but they don’t move as freely on Bristol card stock as the Zig markers do. Still, I am able to get some decent shading with those markers.

I die-cut the colored panel with a Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangle die, glued that to a thin blue mat and a thin green mat (both from previous MMH kits) and glued those to my White card base. I really like this stamp – could be used for so many different occasions and it certainly makes for a lovely “miss you” card!

For some obsessive reason I wanted to get the prone “reader” stamp using the tree to lay her head upon.

I stamped our reader on Bristol Smooth card stock and masked her head and shoulders before stamping the tree. Looks pretty darn natural to me! I did use my Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers to color this image, and embossed the sentiment with clear embossing powder as well. I also added the slightest hint of blue to the sky using my chalk pastels. I trimmed the colored panel to 4″ x 5.25″, added a thin Black mat and glued both to a white card base. I still needed something on the left to help balance things out… This bird is from the MMH October 2018 kit – I thought he worked perfectly with this scene – like he’s coming in for a landing on the sentiment! I added some Stardust Gel pen for bits of highlights among the paraphernalia in the tree, and even glittered up the leaves with a little Spectrum Noir Sparkle pen. I think the tree illustrates this sentiment nicely, and I swear I can almost smell the cut grass…!

I was tickled that there is a birthday sentiment in this kit… and it’s even a pun! Birthday cards are always useful!

Does this count as a pun!? I’m not completely sure, but this tickles me nonetheless! I stamped the stack of books on some Bristol Smooth card stock with Intense Black ink and colored them with my Stabilo markers. I cut a Post-it Tape mask for the stack of books, masked them off and stamped the text behind them using HA Soft Granite ink. That text stamp is from the MMH January 2020 kit. That kit was voted last year’s favorite and the stamps and dies are now available in the New Hero Arts Catalogue. I stamped and embossed the sentiment as before. .

This “cake” of books needed a candle, so I found one in the MMH February 2020 kit. I stamped, colored and fussy-cut the candle and glued it on top of my books. I die-cut that panel with a LFSRdie and some partial die-cutting to achieve the right dimensions. I cut a piece of plain Red card stock from my stash to 3.75″ x 5.5″ and stamped the text stamp along the two sides using Hickory Smoke Distress Oxide ink. I glued that to a White card base and added two Red Mirror peel offs to the edges. I glued the die-cut panel to the card front and added a touch of Spectrum Noir glitter to the flame. This is the PERFECT Birthday Card to accompany the gift of a book..!!

There is that one stamp that has a book and “relax, read, repeat” making a stem for a flower. For some reason that stamp reminded me of a bookplate – I thought it would be nice to highlight that one all by itself.

I masked off a 1.25″ x 4″ area in the center of a White card panel, and ink blended the opening with Hero Hues Splash Reactive ink. I stamped the image with Intense Black ink and cut up the sentiment so I could stack the words vertically and embossed the sentiment as before. I originally thought I would use my colored pencils to color to this image, but that proved to be a futile attempt to cover that Reactive ink. I colored the flowers with my Stabilo Markers – bright enough to read well on top of the blue – and I simply stamped an extra book, fussy cut it out, added a touch of shading and glued it on top of the blue book. I cut that panel to 4″ x 5.25″, glued that to a thin blue mat (again, past MMH kit stash) and then down to a White card base. Some dots of sparkle with my Stardust gel pen and this is a great pun-y encouragement card! Is this a pun or a double-entendre? I like it either way!

We do have another “reader” to stamp, and all those imaginative graphics. I was a bit surprised that those all fit together!

A Slimline card! This is a 3.5″ x 8″ card (cut at 7″ x 8″). On some Bristol Smooth card stock, I stamped the boy and the imaginings all together with Intense Black ink. I was thrilled to find the three upper stamps fit together so perfectly! I colored everything with my Zig markers then stamped and embossed the sentiment. I cut the colored panel to 2.5″ x 7″ and cut another panel to 3″ x 7.5″ and inked the edges of that with the Palette ink pad from the kit. I love that the purples kind of match on either side, but the rest of the rainbow is shifted – can I get some pattern paper like that? Both panels are glued flat to the card base and my Stardust gel pen adds some highlights to the “thoughts”. Hell, this card is a bookmark in and of itself!

I had miss-stamped this image a couple times before I got the imaginings correct, so I had to put the extras to use…

And now we have a square card!! Has Scott lost his mind!? This is a 4.25″ square card – that means you can mail this in a standard A2 envelope! AND it’s the perfect size for a gift card! I colored this guy with my Zig markers and embossed the sentiment right underneath him. I partial die-cut the stamp stopping at his elbows, and then trimmed around the sentiment to complete the image. I cut the blue pattern paper (old Graphic 45 I believe) to 2.5″ x 3″ tall, added a thin White mat and a thin Black mat and glued those to the card base. Our “reader” and sentiment are mounted with foam tape – finally there’s some dimension! I love his dirty (at least used) white socks!

A recent Sunday NYTimes published an excerpt from the new Danielle Steel novel that was a full double-wide sheet of newspaper that you fold together four times (staple the spine and cut the folds) to make a little 31 page booklet of “THE AFFAIR” It seemed like it might be the right size to use on a literary card… I’m glad we hadn’t recycled that section!

I’m loving this! I was actually able to trim down a sheet of that booklet to 3.75″ x 5″ – perfect size for an A2 card! I distressed the edges of the newsprint with a small amount of Pumice Stone Distress ink, glued it down to a black mat and then down to a White card base. This time our prone reader is using the cat as a pillow! She doesn’t seem to mind… and she fits perfectly! This time I colored all with my Zig markers after adding some polka-dots to the dress with a Pigma Micron pen. Again, I embossed the sentiment right under the stamps and partial die-cut both the girl and the cat keeping the sentiment attached and trimming that to match. I think that’s a really effective way to give these kids something to ground them without having to draw in grass or cushions..! I thought this page of the novel was a fun tidbit (go ahead, read it!) and I was happy that the title and page number were able to be included. Page Turner Indeed!

Oh yes! Bookmarks! Well, the boy with the imaginings is almost the perfect size to fit the included bookmarks – and he does quite well – though with out the sentiment. I went ahead and stamped four of the bookmarks sans sentiment.

I’ve always thought one of the easiest ways to include a bookmark with a card is to just attach one to the card front! I like using Zots Clear adhesive removable dots – they will keep the bookmark in place and still come off the card and bookmark with no problem. I trimmed one of my stamped bookmarks to 2″ x 5 1/8″ (trying to keep as much of the stamped image as possible) and colored that with my Spectrum Noir alcohol markers. I rounded the corners with my 1/4″ corner-chomper. Alcohol markers do bleed through the Pure White card stock, so I added a thin mat of Black Tie Glitter card stock cut to 2.25″ x 5 3/8″ with the corners rounded as well. I stamped the sentiment on the back of the bookmark with VersaMark ink and embossed that with White Embossing powder.

I took our reactive ink pad and swiped that (repeatedly) across some White card stock for my rainbow background – cut to 4.25″ x 3.5″ and glued to a white card base. I did make a tassel for this bookmark using the Rainbow Cord from our kit – there is a decent How-To Tie a Tassel a minute and a half into the My Paper Pumpkin July 2016 video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cOEO5euP76E&t=90s. I did separate the strands of the cord to fluff up the tassel. Attach the bookmark to the card with the Zots and you have a greeting card and a gift all in one!

I have used every stamp and sentiment in this stamp set now, so I thought I’d come up with my own literary sentiment!

Now there’s a proper pun! I stamped the pile of books on one of the Pure White bookmarks, masked it off and stamped the chair reader over that. I colored all with my alcohol markers and die-cut them out using partial die-cutting and some extra care – I actually die-cut the wrong side of the book die (you can see the cut lines where the books meet the chair) but I taped them back together and flattened the seam as much as possible. Not too noticeable!

I stamped and embossed the sentiment on a LFSR die-cut (2.75″ x 4″) piece of White card stock. I ink blended some HA Lemon Drop Reactive ink lightly behind the chair and then used a Sunburst stencil to add some darker rays to that halo. I cut a piece of Yellow Linen card stock to 4″ x 5.25″ and glued that to a White card base, I added some Beige Linen triangles to the corners on the right and a couple of thin strips on the left to make a little faux book cover background. I glued the die-cut panel to the card front and added our “reader” with foam tape.

I don’t know if anyone remembers Fernando Lamas – or, more importantly – Billy Crystal’s impersonation of him, but I think “you book mah-velous” is quite funny and a perfectly appropriate pun for this kit! Great encouragement card!

I feel like I haven’t given that tree stamp it’s proper due, and we could certainly stand to have another bookmark card…

I’ve used just about all of my coloring mediums on this kit so far, so I thought I would make a card using my colored pencils. I stamped the tree on some Kraft card stock using VersaMark ink and embossed that with Gold embossing powder. I colored all with my Prismacolor colored pencils and die-cut the tree with the matching die. I also die-cut two more trees from the same paper and glued them all together for a nice sturdy tree. I originally thought I would just die-cut the top edge of the tree and slip the bookmark behind, but figured it would be a touch more magical with a different background! I cut a background for this (4 1/8″ x 5 3/8″) from a piece of Green Metallic Confections Kraft card stock – that will leave a thin white frame from the card base.

I cut one of the included bookmarks in half lengthwise and stamped this arrangement using Intense Black ink and Clear embossing for the sentiment. I masked off the book and ink blended Splash Reactive ink starting at the bottom and fading out towards the top. I colored the rest with my Stabilo markers with a few glitter highlights from my Stardust gel pen. I rounded the corners with my Kadomaru Pro corner rounder (love the very small rounded corners) punched a 1/8″ hole in the top, and threaded a couple strands of the Rainbow cord through the hole. A couple of matching Pony Beads adds some weight and dimension to the bookmark cords.

To get the bookmark to hide behind the tree and background, I added two layers of scrap card stock (about 1.25″ wide) to the sides on the back of the background – leaving a channel in the center open for the bookmark. I added a thin double-card stock strip on the bottom between the side pieces to keep the bookmark from falling all the way through. I also added the same along the top edge to avoid any “dips” when the background is glued to the card base. Then I cut a slot in the background an inch and a quarter below the top edge and also cut the sides of that slit about a half an inch up towards the top. When you glue that background to the card base, add some glue to the top edge of the slot so it will glue down to the card base and leave the bottom edge open to accept the bookmark. Then, when you glued the tree in place, just make sure NOT to glue the center where the bookmark slides in. It may seem complicated but it’s really a very simple way to hide something behind your background!

I stamped and embossed the front sentiment on a scrap of Kraft card stock and mounted that to the card front with foam tape. I think the dangling cords coming from the top of the tree beg to be pulled on, and I really like the embossed and colored tree – a completely different look while still preserving the whimsy of that tree stamp. Now we have an interactive card with with a hidden bookmark! Love the shine on this card!

And that wraps up my 10 cards using the My Monthly Hero March 2021 Kit. I did get a pretty good assortment of cards – a “miss you” card, birthday cards, lots of encouragement cards and some useful thank you cards too!

I did manage to use every stamp in our stamp set – most of them more than once! Lots of coloring this month, but not a lot of coloring on any one card! I had much more fun with this set than I thought I would… those three “reader” stamps are so cute and fun to color… that is certainly an interesting tree stamp… and I don’t think I’ve ever created a rainbow as quickly as I did with this palette ink pad! Let me know which card is your favorite!

If you know anyone who loves books, if you have children or grandchildren you’d like to encourage to read more, or if you belong to a book club or the like, this is a great kit for all the readers in your life! Never trust anyone whose TV is bigger than their bookshelf! My love of books was instilled in me at an early age…! I do my best to pass that on!

This kit is still available at Hero Arts! And there is a great assortment of add-ons that compliment this kit including some terrific sentiment stamp sets. If I have managed to capture your imagination or maybe inspire some new ideas, you should grab a kit while they’re still available. Once they’re gone they’re gone! Please use my links when you do go shopping with Hero Arts – it is always supremely appreciated and doesn’t cost you a thing! Thank you!

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

Hello Folks! Scott here with my 10 Cards 1 Kit post featuring Lizi’s “Make it Bloom” Card Kit! This kit is a big harbinger of Spring with some references to Easter, and, of course, a huge collection of coordinated supplies.

I do always make A2 (4.25″ x 5.5″) card bases from the 5 card stock sheets included in the kit – though I do swap out Lizi’s alcohol marker-friendly White for a plain 110# card stock from my stash. This month our kit featured a number of cut-apart sheets that make it easy to create lovely, useful cards! I couldn’t resist this one.

This is always a great sentiment, and I do love the plaid watering can on that dark background! I matted the cut-apart on a thin White mat, then to a thicker mat of that matching pattern paper and then another thin White mat just for good measure. I glued those all down to a White card base and added the wood-veneer “Hello” after covering that with my Spectrum Noir Sparkle pen. A little bit of sparkle for this sweet and simple card! There are 8 cut-apart pieces this size in our kit – that’s eight terrific cards right there!

There was one other cut-apart that really caught my eye this month!

Another smashing cut-apart! I cut this one out using a Tonic Scalloped Square die for a small scalloped edge, and glued that to a thin White mat. I stamped a garland of all 11 small stamps in this stamp set on the top and bottom of a Warm Yellow card base with VersaMark ink and embossed that with the LFL Baby Blue Party Embossing powder.

I dug around in my stash looking for card stock that would match that embossing powder, and finally landed on the Hero Hues Periwinkle card stock. I added a thin mat of that behind the white mat, and then sprayed all three layers with some Sheer Shimmer spray for a touch of sparkle. I attached all to the card front with foam tape and added some blue sequins from our embellishment bag – and a couple of the hearts on the cheeks! That embossing powder is crazy sparkly – this whole card twinkles! You are my Sunshine!! C’mon… everybody! You are my Sunshine…!!

I do challenge myself to use all the stamps in our stamp set, and we have five sentiment stamps so let’s look at those!

I really like this card – thematically, it’s right on the money! I cut a 3.25″ x 5.5″ piece of the seed pattern paper and glued that to a Lilac card base. I added two Mauve Moondust peel offs (from the Make It Bloom Pin Stripe peel off pack) to the top and bottom edges of the pattern paper. I fussy-cut six matching seed packets from the rest of the patten paper and used foam tape to add them to the card front.

I stamped and embossed the “Spring is in the air” sentiment using Pink Sparkle embossing powder from the My Monthly Hero January 2020 kit – really a great match to that Violet card stock. I die-cut that sentiment with a HA Circle infinity die, glued that to a scrap of black card stock and fussy-cut the thin black mat. I added the same black mats behind the seeds sticker and sentiment, and used foam tape to attach all to the card front. Some Spectrum Noir Sparkle pen on the seed packets, and we have a very spring-y greeting. I do LOVE that “scatter seeds of happiness” !!

We actually have a couple “Happy Easter” stamps in our stamp set this month, so let’s look at that holiday!

This kind of feels like a big Easter basket to me! I stamped and embossed the sentiment on this ephemera tag using LFL Forest Green Embossing powder – that’s another one of my favorites! I mated that piece with another ephemera piece – the long, ruled octagon with the printed bow on top, and added a mat behind that with the pink gingham pattern paper. I punched a hole and tied all the pieces together with this triple bow in yellow, pink and blue.

I stamped the same small stamp garland on the sides of this Warm Yellow card base, and embossed those with the Pink Sparkle powder – reads a little different on the yellow, but still plenty of sparkle! I added two strips of the gingham paper paper to the top and bottom of the card front and mounted the assembled “tag” with foam tape. I grabbed the Chick and Easter egg die from our embellishment bag and die-cut them from Orange, Slate Blue, Green and Yellow card stock – from the Make it Bloom Pearlescent card stock pack. I cut apart the eggs and added the chicks inside before mounting them to the card front with foam tape. Love those long tails on the bow! VERY EASTER-Y!

We have a “Jump into Spring” stamp in our stamp set… a bunny is the perfect way to illustrate that sentiment!

Fortunately, we have this fun bunny sticker in our kit! I stamped and embossed the sentiment with the same Forest Green embossing powder on the decorative ephemera label. I cut a piece of the yellow daisy pattern paper to 3.25″ x 4.5″ and die-cut the bunny border using the die from our kit. I die-cut a piece of Dark Green card stock from my stash with a Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangle die and glued that to the Zesty Lime Green card base. I glued the die cut panel on top of that and added the label with foam tape. I de-stickified the bunny sticker with my Embossing Magic bag, and mounted him to the label with foam tape as well.

I die-cut the large flower die from more of the yellow daisy pattern paper, and die-cut the flower centers from the end panel of the Mauve Moondust peel offs, and some scrap White card stock. I glued the flowers together, curled up their petals a little bit, and glued them to the label. I also added the three Mauve Moondust dots (from the center of the small flower die) across the label. I love that die-cut border, and I think the flowers really make this card! It’s almost like the daisies on the pattern paper escaped and became three-dimensional!

I have room to try some of my own sentiments with this kit this month. I wanted something to go along with the ‘gardening’ pattern paper and I think this is great fun.

I created this fun “ephemera” sentiment piece using my Silhouette software and the Mona LisaSolid ITC, BlackJack, and Rockwell Extra Bold fonts, printed that on a scrap of White card stock, and trimmed it down to 2 1/4″ x 2 3/8″. I glued the flower stickers to the sentiment turning that simple rectangle into a bona-fide ephemera piece!! I die cut the pattern paper with a LFSRdie and added a thin Black mat before gluing both down to the Zesty Lime Green card base. I added the assembled piece to the card front with foam tape, and sprinkled a few sequins around for some sparkle. I also embossed the wood-veneer flower using the Pink Sparkle embossing powder – a good three layers of embossing plus a pink gem in the center – that adds a great deal of sparkle and really pulls your focus to the top of the sentiment.This all works great with that “gardening” pattern paper!

I did take some time to stamp and color all the egg stamps. VersaFine Onyx Black ink on Bristol Smooth card stock and colored with my Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers.

There is enough detail on these stamps to make for perfect embossings, but you know me… I do like losing myself in a long session of coloring…!

I’m loving this card! I printed this sentiment on scrap of white card stock using the Raustila and Stars and Stripes fonts. I die-cut that with the largest Gina K Oval die, and was contemplating a mat or more pattern paper or…? when I came up with the idea to make an “egg frame” on the oval using the small egg die in our kit! I die-cut that egg 28 times from the pearlescent card stock pack and glued them all along the edge of the oval. Really happy with that!

I cut a piece of that fun pastel plaid pattern paper to 4″ x 5.25″ and glued that to the Lilac card base, and mounted the oval with foam tape. I fussy-cut all my painted eggs and added the three more ‘graphic’ eggs to the oval with foam tape. This would make a great Thank You or Congratulations card or even a fun Birthday card for those born around Easter!

So let’s look at these egg stamps and how well they do with embossing!

My favorite part of this card is the fact that you don’t see the sentiment right away – at first glance it looks like there’s no sentiment at all! I cut the egg pattern paper to 3″ x 5.5″ and glued that to the Buttercup Yellow card base. I added two 3/8″ strips of the pastel plaid paper to the top and bottom and trimmed all with the Glossy Pink w/ Silver peel offs. I stamped and embossed the sentiment egg in the center of White card stock using Wilted Violet Distress Oxide ink and then embossed the eggs using Love From Lizi Neon Grapefruit, Neon Lime, Cherry Red, and Neon Lemon embossing powders. Great texture with all that embossing! I fussy-cut my egg line-up and foam taped that to my card. Love it!

We also have a “Happy Easter” sentiment die in this kit – I don’t have any of those in my stash – and I do have three more eggs already colored – let’s try it out!

Totally different feel with this card! I found some yellow Metallic Confections card stock in my stash and die-cut the sentiment from that along with three more in white card stock. I glued all four layers together to make this nice chunky sentiment. I die cut the flower pattern paper with a LFSRdie, added a yellow metallic mat and glued this to the Buttercup Yellow card base. I added the other three colored eggs to the card front with foam tape, and glued the sentiment beneath. This feels very formal to me, but still spring-y… stained glass windows and yellow gold, daffodils and daisies… ahhhhhhh..!

This last card was inspired by a number of things – the 6″ x 8″ pattern paper, one of the ephemera pieces, and the theme of this kit – Make it Bloom – also inspired me to – literally – make it bloom.

These pop-up ‘wipe’ cards are really very easy to make. Two sheets of 4.25″ x 7.5″ card stock, score one side of both at 1.5″ and 2.5″, make a “z” fold on both pieces, layer one fold to the left and one fold to the right and you have your basic mechanism to make bunches of pop-up ‘wipe’ cards. I made my front piece with that floral pattern paper fussy-cut to a rough triangle – tall on the right and shorter on the left. I did glue that pattern paper to a thin piece of card stock to add a little strength to this pop-up card. That fussy-cut piece is scored and folded on the left.

The back piece is 4.25″ x 7.5″ with some Broken China Distress Oxide ink blended on the top and left sides – that is scored and folded on the right. The riser (pop-up) piece is the matching flower from our sticker sheet stuck to a piece of 2″ wide card stock that extends 1.25″ below the sticker. On the bottom right corner of that riser piece, measure an inch to the left along the bottom edge and an inch up on the right side – connect those points, score that (45 degree) line and fold it towards you. That triangle is the only part of the riser that gets glued down – behind the fold-over on the right side of the back piece. I do have a how-to for this card on my coordinating video post if you want to know more!

I stamped the sentiment on the back piece using Onyx Black ink and clear embossing powder, and added a good amount of sequins for a bit of sparkle. I LOVE the fact that the sentiment stays nice and exposed even after the pop-up is revealed! A fun and floral interactive card highlighting the theme for this Love From Lizi March 2021 Card Kit!

That wraps up my 10 Cards 1 Kit post featuring the LFL March 2021 Card Kit! This is certainly a very spring-y collection with a few Easter cards, a number of spring cards, friendship and thank you cards! And not too terribly pink..!!

I did manage to use every stamp in our stamp set! I thought my ‘little stamp garland’ was particularly inspired..! I used 10 of the 12 pattern papers, I believe I used all of the dies in this kit, two of the wood-veneer pieces, a number of stickers and ephemera pieces, ribbons and sequins (gobs more left!). I didn’t use any of the 12″ x 12″ tag cut-apart sheet and I didn’t use any of the pre-tied white bows, but I made a pretty good dent in all the rest. Of course, all my leftovers will find a loving home in my stash!

I really had a great time creating all these cards. Whether you observe Easter, or not, this is a great collection for celebrating spring and sharing a little seasonal rejuvenation with those you love. If you would like my “Gardening is my Dirty Little Secret” ephemera sentiment, send me your request to cardcutups@gmail.com – let me know if you would like the Silhouette file or just a PDF and I’ll gladly share!

As of posting this kit is still available at Love From Lizi, along with most of the add ons and March releases. If I have managed to ignite your imagination or inspired an idea or two, please use my links when you go shopping with Lizi. Thank you so much for that – the help is most appreciated!

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

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

Thanks for spending some time with me here today! Your support and encouragement warms my heart on these cold winter days… let’s bring on some SPRING! Please remember to Like me, List me, Pin me, Post me, Share me with all your crafty friends… don’t run with gardening shears… I send you and yours warmth and wellness, cheers and chuckles, and as always, Happy Crafting!

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