10 Cards 1 Kit | Love From Lizi November 2018 “Frozen Forest” Card Kit

Hello Folks!  Scott here with my 10 Cards 1 Kit post featuring the Love From Lizi November ’18 Card Kit. Lizi calls this the “Frozen Forest” kit and it features a ton of coordinated products in a soft green and blue-grey palette. Add in some unique embellishments and we have another kit simply bursting at it’s seams with goodies!

As usual, I do take the 5 sheets of card stock that comes in the kit, cut and fold them into A2 card bases (4.25″ x 5.5″). That gave me four kraft and six white card bases. (I did squirrel away the alcohol-marker-friendly white card stock from the kit and substituted my own plain 110# white card-stock for my card bases).

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I am not much of a ‘tag’ person. I admit that. There are A LOT of tags in different sizes and shapes in this kit. GREAT! I love getting tags around Christmastime ’cause I will use them on presents! However, since we had so many tags in this kit I thought I should try and use at least some of them. That’s when I noticed that the kraft tags and the glitter tags were both the same length. Now there’s something fairly unique!

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The holes on these two tags even matched up perfectly! “NOEL” has always been a favorite holiday sentiment of mine so I grabbed this circular ephemera piece from our die-cut sheet to pair up with the tags. Since there were the trees on the circle, I reached for the blue-grey pattern paper with trees for my background, and cut that out with my favorite Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangle Die. I sponged a little Faded Jeans Distress Oxide ink around the edges and glued that directly to one of the kraft card bases.

I glued the tags together and threaded a piece of the 1/8″ peach ribbon through the hole(s) and mounted the tag(s) with foam tape. More foam tape to attach the die-cut to the tag(s) and I added small dots of the Nuvo Drops to the ‘stars’ above the sentiment. I taped down a strip of the washi tape to a scrap piece of white card stock, trimmed that down and glued that directly to the card base. I did use a couple of glue dots to attach the ends of the ribbon, and this feels like a nice introduction to this kit – a simple holiday card in non-traditional colors. The ribbon actually matches the peach-y circular frame much better in real life than what this picture conveys, I and love the matching trees and both of the sentiments!

In my unboxing, I called out one of the felt snowflakes for having eight points instead of six. I felt like I should ameliorate that small peccadillo of mine and actually USE that piece on a card, so I performed some “felt surgery” with my craft knife and glue and came up with this lovely embellishment.

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On a kraft card base, I stamped the snowflake strip from the stamp set using Hero arts Unicorn White pigment ink on the two sides, and added the silver ribbon next to the stamped snow. I grabbed a plain piece of the blue-grey pattern paper and cut that to 2.3/8″ x 5.1/2″. I wanted to use the ‘falling snow’ stencil from the kit but every single sample pot of ’embellishment mousse’ or ‘glimmer paste’ I had in my stash were completely dried up. I did have a pot of Ranger Texture Paste Opaque Matte so I added a bunch of Vintage Platinum Distress Glitter Dust to that and created my own “glimmer paste” to use for the stenciled falling snow on the blue panel. Worked very nicely and adds a great amount of sparkle to the snow! I must remember how versatile that texture paste is – you can basically make your own glimmer paste as needed!

I turned to my Silhouette Software to create my sentiment here. This is the Arabella font that I printed directly on a scrap of the same blue pattern paper. I cut that out with a square nesting die and rounded the corners with my corner-chomper and ran the edges on my Delicatta Silvery Shimmer stamp pad. A little of the burlap glued to the bottom for a bit of a hill, the blue deer sticker (attached to a scrap of white card stock and fussy-cut) is foam taped to the hill along with the sentiment, and the felt star is foam taped to the card front as well. With the addition of a few gems from my stash, this card comes to life with bunches of shine and a lovely Christmas sentiment that’s off the beaten track!

One of our beautiful silver mirror acetate sentiment pieces was the simple word Love. I couldn’t help myself when I came up with this cute picture pun using the pattern papers.

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I trimmed the green foliage pattern paper down to 3.75″ x 5.5″ and glued that down to a white card base and ran some of the medium peel-offs down the sides. I glued a strip of the burlap to the card front with Multi Medium Matte glue and die cut the two bunnies from one of the pattern papers with a stitched circle die and added thin mats of the silver mirror specialty paper cut with a nesting circle die behind the bunnies. I attached the rabbits with foam tape and used thin strips of foam tape to mount the acetate sentiment. (Don’t forget to peel off the protective layer on top of the sentiment!) A little silver heart brad from my stash and some sequins from the “Frozen Fondant” sequin mix adds a nice touch of sparkle and matches the silver mirror sentiment.

Naturally whenever you have two rabbits in ‘love’ there’s always a consequence!

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LOL!! I used a 1/2″ punch for the small bunnies and a stitched circle die for the medium bunnies and added the whole clan to the bottom of the inside of this card. A fun little visual pun that has nothing to do with the holidays and could actually be used as a valentine or even a wedding card…! Hopefully your recipient won’t be quite a prolific as rabbits but… each to their own! LOL!!

Our stamp set this month features another ‘infinity’ stamp that has a repeating pattern so you could stamp it multiple times in all directions to create a larger stamped pattern. I was intimidated with this stamp at first but it ended up being fairly easy to line up!

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This is actually six stamp impressions (3 across by 2 down – about 9″ x 6″) (stamped in Broken China Distress Oxide Ink) and the seams are almost totally indistinguishable. I liked this so much I decided to feature this stamp on my next card.

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I cut out the “best-stamped” section of this stamped pattern with a LFSRD, sponged a little more Broken China ink around the edges and used foam tape to mount it to a kraft card base. I stamped the “let it snow” sentiment from the stamp set using the same ink on a scrap of white card stock and added some clear embossing powder for some shine and a little contrast. I fussy-cut the sentiment and added that to the card front with more foam tape. I raided the sequin mix for all the small brushed silver sequins and added those to the larger snowflakes and used my Tsukino StarDust gel pen to add silver sparkles to all the smaller flakes. Really sparkly! I love the blue and silver on the kraft card base and the all-over pattern just makes my heart smile. All thanks to that great infinity stamp!

I was itching for something to color with this card kit and reached for the white pattern paper that featured all the animals in a tableaux in the center of a large circular wreath.

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I used my colored pencils to color in all these animals (very lightly!) and loved that the pencils really brought out the texture of the pattern papers! I die-cut the tableaux and the mat with Gina K Designs Oval dies (small and large) and glued them together before working on the card base. Since the foliage and stars / snowflakes were in green on this pattern paper, I went for more green for the card front. The center plain green pattern paper is cut to 2.5″ x 5.5″ and matted on the darker green pattern paper cut to 3″ x 5.5″, and both glued directly to a white card base.

I ran the 1/4″ peach ribbon through my Xyron sticker maker and stuck two of those down to the card front on the top and bottom of the pattern papers. I used the thinnest peel-offs between the pattern papers and the widest peel-offs on the edges of the ribbon. For a final touch on the background, I cut a 1/4″ strip of kraft card stock and cut a pattern in that with an Ellen Hutson Stitching Lines die and glued that down right in the center. I went to my Silhouette Portrait to print and cut this sentiment using the Lucida Handwriting font and a folded banner shape that I had created a while ago. I was originally going to do “Love thy Neighbor” but that felt a little church-y to me so I opted for this simple variation. IMG_5584The oval tableaux and the banner are attached to the card front with foam tape. Of course this is a perfect sentiment for the holidays, so I added a Merry Christmas on the inside of the card using the die we got in last year’s LFL Christmas kit cut from a scrap of kraft card stock. This card is very, very pretty. I love the added color on the animals, and this sentiment seems extra inspiring and very pertinent these days..!

I mentioned in my unboxing that an acetate card might be in our future, so, never one to disappoint, I decided to use the specialty acetate and vellum for this next card.

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Both of these pieces were half-sheets of A4 paper, so I trimmed them both down to 5.5″ wide and scored them in the middle – about 4.1/8″ to make two “cards”. I threw caution to the wind and stamped all the individual snowflake stamps on the two corners of the acetate card front with VersaMark ink and embossed them in white. This is pretty thin acetate but it held it’s shape under heat admirably well! You lose a little of the details when embossing but you still get the basic shapes with no problem! I cut a piece of the blue snowflake (stars – eight points!!) pattern paper to size and ran it through my 5″ Zyron Sticker Maker to add adhesive to the front of the pattern paper and attached that to the back of the vellum for some color and to hide the writing surface inside.

I stamped and embossed the “hello Winter” sentiment on the vellum under the acetate and added the white deer sticker to the lower left corner. IMG_5599I placed a piece of 1/8″ scor-tape along the top fold of the back of the vellum card and used that to glue the vellum card into the acetate card. For a little extra touch, I die-cut the stag die from the kit out of a scrap of kraft card stock and added him to the inside of the card. I also added a circle of white behind the die-cut so you couldn’t see the glue from the back. Kind of finishes out the whole family with that addition! I love the simple blue and white color scheme here, and the dimension that stamping on the acetate adds is always great. I think an acetate card like this is very unique and fun to give!

I’m still having a great time experimenting with my homemade wreath builder template, and I thought the snowflake stamps would lend themselves to a unique wreath design!

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I hope you aren’t getting tired of my wreath cards…!! I thought this snow wreath came out especially well! I did practice this lay-out on some scrap card stock before I went and committed it to my card. The snowflakes are all stamped with Hero Arts Soft Sky ink directly on the white card base. I selected the two smallest iridescent sequins from the sequin mix to add to the larger snowflakes, and added the “NOEL” sticker to the center of the wreath using some foam tape. Finally I tied a nice bow using all three of the 1/8″ ribbons from the kit and attached that to the bottom of the wreath. I think that HA Sky Blue ink is actually a pretty close match to the blue-grey colors in this kit and it works very well here. Soft and almost ethereal!

When I was doing the falling snow stencil background with my homemade glimmer paste (card two), I had some paste left over, so I just grabbed a bunch of kraft card fronts and kept making falling snow backgrounds. I also took the last bits of that paste and added it to the front of one of our wood-veneer die cut trees. I fiddled around with this tree for a little while until I achieved a really nice texture – almost like tree boughs!

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That was all it took! I trimmed this falling snow background down to 4″ x 5.25″ and used foam tape to mount it to my last kraft card base. I glued the tree to the card front and found a very small star gem from my stash to add to the top of the tree. I really liked this “Joy” acetate sentiment, so I attached that to my card front with thin strips of foam tape. Simple and stunning! I really like this so very much. I think that the Vintage Platinum glitter worked so well with the kraft card stock and this card is so heavily textured, it’s just begging to be touched!!

If you have been following me at all, you know that I created my first ever light-up card with my October My Monthly Hero kit. Well… I have one more Chibi Light left over so…

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I had to use that last Chibi light for this lovely star die we got in our kit this month. IMG_5600 I knew I had a really nice ‘pine bough’ clip art in my image stash so, using my Silhouette Software, I created this tree top and printed it directly on a piece of the blue-grey pattern paper. I die-cut the star from the top of the tree and die-cut the pattern paper with a LFSRD. I cut another plain piece of 110# card stock with the same rectangle die and cut the star out of the second piece in the exact same place as the patterned paper. I glued a piece of vellum between the two card stock pieces and sponged the edges with Pumice Stone Distress Ink.  I die-cut the star from the silver mirror specialty card stock and inlaid that on the vellum in the star shaped hole cut out at the top of the tree. That completes our card front.

On a plain white card base, I sponged the edges with the Faded Jeans Distress Oxide ink (when used with a light hand that ink is a pretty good match to the blue-grey colors in the kit) On the inked card base I created a simple circuit for the Chibi light. There are TONS of instruction on how to circuit these Chibi Lights, so I won’t go into that here, but the battery is towards the bottom of the card front, and the Chibi light is behind the center of the star. I white embossed the “PRESS” stamp (MFT Interactive Labels stamp set) in the appropriate spot (over the battery) on the card front, and mounted the card front to the card base with a double layer of foam tape. Look at this! I could easily get addicted to these light-up cards!

 

I added the “Noel” acetate sentiment with thin strips of foam tape to the card front and there you have it! My second ever light-up card! I will have to experiment with using colored vellum to see if that will change the color of these Chibi lights! I LOVE THIS!

I also did a spinner card with my recent MMH 10 cards, and that got me to thinking about the possibility of creating a spinner card that was actually powered by a pull tab instead of just a wound-up piece of thread. This one took way too much time, but I do think I’m on to something here! I have never seen a card that does this!

 

A white card base with a large circle die-cut straight through both layers. The white pattern paper cut with a LFSRD and the same circle die glued on top.  I used a bamboo skewer to anchor the felt snowflake. With the assistance of my craft knife, I was able to thread the skewer through the middle of this snowflake, and used glue to hold it in place. I think these felt snowflakes were the perfect thing to try and make spin!

I used little pieces of paper straws to hold the skewer in place on the top and bottom and still allow freedom for the skewer to spin. On the bottom the straw is split into two pieces for above and below the pull tab. The bottom straw also needs a bottom to keep the skewer from falling all the way through. Then the mechanism is the same as if you were trying to start a fire with two sticks and a string – the skewer, and the pull-tab are the sticks, and there’s some hefty carpet thread performing duty as the string.

IMG_5592I had to take this card apart and put it back together three or four times and had to keep adjusting and changing things before I could get a reliable operation – that’s why it’s a little lumpy and wrinkly..!! I used the iridescent crystals from last month’s LFL kit to decorate every rounded point on both sides of the snowflake, and found this great glittery snowflake in my stash for the centers. The sentiment is from the die-cut sheet and I matted that with some dark blue Kraft Core core-dinations Nostalgic Collection card stock and mounted that to the card front with some foam tape.

I did cut another piece of 110# card stock to be the ‘back’ of the card and provide a writing space. It’d also help protect the card if it had to go through the mail.

I will spend more time on this concept and try to finesse it a little more and make it easier to get consistent results and will come back with a how-to for you on this special Pull-Tab Spinner card as soon as I possibly can. I was so thrilled to get this one to work that I was dying to share it with you! Hope it tickles you as much as it does me!

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That’s my 10 Cards from the Love From Lizi November 2018 “Frozen Forest” Card Kit. I managed to use every stamp in the stamp set, and used a little bit of most everything from the kit but I didn’t get to the White Glitter specialty card stock and I didn’t use those tiny jingle bells… I have to admit I was a little crushed when I realized that the bells didn’t jingle…! Made me think of The Polar Express where the little boy can’t hear the jingle bell because he doesn’t believe in Santa Clause…! Kind of bummed me out…!!!

I had a great time creating these cards this month. Looks like I ended up with six Christmas cards, three winter/snow cards and one Love card. A pretty decent assortment of cards! Of course I have bunches of leftovers which will be happily incorporated into my stash along with the falling snow stencil and another infinity stamp set!

At posting, this kit is still available at the LFL shop, along with a good assortment of add-ons and specialty packs. If you go shopping with Lizi please use my link: http://bit.ly/LFLlink and if you don’t want to miss out on these overstuffed card kits, I would heartily recommend subscribing!

I hope you enjoy my creations this month as much as I do. If you have any comments or favorites please let me know. I appreciate every moment you spend with me here! I hope you share this with all your crafty friends and please, Like me, List me, Pin me, Post me, don’t run with skewers, and as always, Happy Crafting!

10 Cards 1 Kit| My Monthly Hero October 2018 Kit

Hello Folks! Scott here with my 10 cards featuring the My Monthly Hero October 2018 kit. Screenshot (5)_LIThis is a Christmas / winter themed kit with a 6″ x 8″ stamp set highlighting four youthful ice skaters, a boy on a sled, some assorted animals, a frozen pond, park bench and lamp post, and a great big evergreen tree with some ornaments as well. Of course we get matching frame dies and an incredibly interesting Paper Layering Tree Die with Frame. I don’t think I have anything like this in my stash! Out kit is rounded out with six 5.5″ x 8.5″ sheets of Glitter Paper in Silver, Twilight, and Sea Glass – lovely super-smooth glitter stock – and a small package of Iridescent Star Embellishments and a .5 oz. container of Iridescent Ink (like a Wink of Stella shimmer pen). Looks like some good holiday/wintry fun this month!

Obviously, this kit seems to be all about creating scenes for our cards. A couple weeks ago I saw a Jennifer McGuire video showing off a “Double Z-fold” card and I thought I could adapt that idea into a BIG scene for my first card.

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I wanted to do a landscape card, and wanted a little more space for my scene, so I increased the measurements for the stamped portion of the card from Jennifer’s 3.25″ x 10″ to 3.75″ x 10.5″. This leaves you a quarter-inch border of the card base showing and is still less than 11″, so it can be cut from a standard piece of card stock, and it gives us just a little bit more room for stamping. I did score this long piece exactly the same as Jennifer’s smaller one at 2.75″ and 5.5″.

I cut the front piece from my Bristol smooth card stock, and ink blended the sky with my Tim Holtz Distress Blending Brushes using Cracked China Distress Oxide ink over a hand-cut snow border(s) of post-it tape. I did keep the sky very light so I could stamp and color over it easily. I then stamped my scene using VersaMark Onyx Black ink for the figures, taking advantage of the snow masks and also masking off the legs of the skaters before stamping the pond. I used Hero Arts Summer Sky ink to stamp the pond, and Stampin’ Up Old Olive ink to stamp the tree. I was going for a one-layer scene here, but I miss-stamped the fawn and ultimately had to fussy-cut a new fawn to cover my mistake (you can see where I cut  the snow bank to insert the fawn’s legs..!). This is still CLOSE to a one-layer card!!  LOL!

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I used my Zigg Clean Color Real Brush Markers to color my scene, adding a bit of a highlight to the edges of the snow banks. I used my white gel pens to add some snow to the tree, bench and lamp post. I used Hero Arts Soft Granite ink for the sentiment and the distant birds (SSS July 2017 stamp set) and, since the sky was so light, used that same ink and my micro applicator brushes to add some dots of snow in the background. I did intersperse some dots of white gel pen as well, for a little variety in the snowfall.  I cut my card base (4.25″ x 11″) from some blue card-stock in my stash, and stamped both of the snowflake stamps around the edges of the card base using Hero Arts Unicorn White ink. Finally, I scored the card base at 2.75″ and 5.5″ and glued the two pieces together using my Multi Medium Matte for a good strong bond. I really enjoy the apparent simplicity of the tree and the fawn on the front of the card, and then seeing the scene complete itself as you open the card. I think this wintry, pseudo-pop-up scene is worth having to write your message on the back of the card!

I felt like l kind of blew out my scene-building chops on that first card and wanted something a little simpler for my next card. I was puzzled by a couple of stamps in the stamp set that felt like filler to me – the mistletoe stamp being one of them. There doesn’t appear to be any stamps of kissing or even any stamps suggestively romantic in this set, so I figured we can just go ahead and feature the mistletoe on a card of it’s own!

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And we get our first pun this month! This makes me grin from ear-to-ear! I used an old pre-fab glitter card base for this card (David Tutera, maybe?) and stamped the mistletoe on a scrap of Bristol smooth card stock and colored it with my Zigg markers before die-cutting it. I turned to my Silhouette Portrait to print and cut this fun sentiment using the Brady Bunch Remastered font, on some plain white card stock. I did cut four layers of the sentiment and glued them all together, and die-cut two more blanks of the mistletoe to glue together, so both pieces are nice and chunky. I recently splurged on some of the new release items at Altenew, including the Fine Frames Cover Die, and sacrificed half of one of my silver glitter sheets to cut out some thin (1/16″) glitter frames. I glued the frame to my card base and added the cut-outs with foam tape. Simple and straight-forward, yet so very cute! And a perfectly appropriate pun!

Now back to some scene-building! Instead of trying to make another one-layer scene, lets use the dies included in the kit to build our scene featuring the animals.

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On a smooth copic-friendly white card base, I reached for my Spectrum Noir alcohol markers to color the background for this scene. (I’ve been watching Sandy Allnock videos on YouTube!) I did reach for the Broken China Distress Oxide ink to blend in the top of the sky, and I’m rather proud of my first ‘hand-drawn’ background – softly suggestive! I stamped all the critters and ornaments in Onyx Black ink on Bristol Smooth card stock, and colored them all with my Zigg markers. I  die-cut the animals, tree and star, then fussy-cut the ornaments before mounting all to my card.

IMG_5534I arranged the ornaments on the tree and gave all of the animals an ornament of their own to add to the decorating. I love the birds carrying the star to the top of the tree, and even the fawn is pitching in! All of the images are foam taped to the card front, and I added little touches of my Sakura Stardust Glitter pen to all of the decorations for a tiny bit of sparkle. I added a sentiment from the stamp set on the inside of the card using Walnut Stain Distress Oxide ink and I think we can call this scene wrapped! I do feel like this is the card that this kit is just begging us to make! And using the dies keeps you from having to do bunches of masking all over the place!

With so many ice skaters in this stamp set I knew I had to do a spinner card this month! I chose this stamp because she had the longest vertical line from her skate to her head.

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Other than the simple ordeal of trying to get a circle die-cut right in the middle of a white card base, I also had to create a ‘reverse stamp’ of this skater. I stamped her twice on some Bristol Smooth card stock, turned the card over on a light board and traced one of the stamps on to the back using an 02 Pigma Micron pen. Not too difficult, but upon close inspection, you can tell the difference! I die-cut a circle through a plain white card base and matched that up with a piece of white Glitter Silk card stock cut with a Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangle die. I colored both the front and back stamps with my Zigg markers and created a die template for this stamp so I could get an accurate cut. Then I glued both pieces together with some invisible thread running from her bun to her skate. I did use scor-tape for a good strong bond with the thread.

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I attached the invisible thread to the card base using scor-tape and glued the glitter paper on the top sandwiching the thread between the card base and the card front. I was looking for a frame for this circle and came across these scallop circle dies I bought long ago and have never used. I had to pair the scallop die up with the original circle die to make an actual frame and cut this from the green glitter paper in the kit before gluing it to the card front. For a little finishing touch, I outlined the glitter card front with some Love From Lizi Lilac peel-offs. Those match that glitter paper perfectly!

I went back to my Silhouette Portrait to print and cut this pun-ny sentiment using the Brady Bunch Remastered font and I cut three layers to glue together before mounting to my card front with foam tape. I think the hardest part of this card was trying to make sure that my coloring matched on both the front and the back. Wind this skater up before you put the card in an envelope and she spins around when you open the card. Seems like an obvious choice to me! Give me some stamps that indicate movement and I am going to do my best to make them move!

We got a good assortment of ornament stamps in our stamp set, so I reached for my home-made wreath-builder template to see if the stamps would make a nice wreath.

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After practicing a couple of times, I arrived at this ornament wreath that I stamped on some plain white card stock with Delicata metallic pigment inks in Golden Glitz, Celestial Copper, Bronze Burst, Silver and Rose Gold. I die-cut the stamped panel with a LFSRD and also cut a hole in the center of the wreath with a circle die before matting that on a piece of silver mirror card stock. I thought it would be nice to see the silver through the center of the wreath. I finished out the wreath with some of the iridescent star crystals, and a small bow using the ribbon from the kit. I stamped the sentiment with VersaMark ink and embossed that with some gold embossing powder. I like all the metallic inks and think this is a fairly unique wreath perfect for a Christmas Greeting! Very shiny!

There were a couple of stamps in this set that felt like filler images to me – a candle, some icicles, (the mistletoe).  And I admit I was a little thrown with the ‘raccoon all tangled up in lights’ stamp simply because we had no other light strings anywhere else. I do my best to try and use all the stamps included in the kit on my 10 cards, so that inspired me to create this fun card featuring our little raccoon and some of the other odd-stamps-out!

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I couldn’t help but feel that this little raccoon was annoyed by that light string and thought we should make this scene as annoying as possible so as to really drive the sentiment home! Everything is stamped on Bristol smooth card stock with Onyx Black ink, colored with my Zigg brush markers, and die cut (or fussy-cut) as the case may be. Using my Silhouette Software I created this sentiment using the Typewriter Hand font and printed that directly on my card base. I used my Gina K Oval dies to cut the scene and the kraft mat and mounted those to the card front with foam tape.  The images are foam taped on the oval and I even glued the candlestick on top of this poor fella’s head! I did sketch some ‘eaves’ at the top to anchor the icicles, and I love the broken ornament at his feet as well..! Heaven knows the holidays can certainly be stressful – maybe a card like this might bring a little smile to the over-taxed this year!  LOL!!

I really like what I considered to be the “pro” (or at least competitive) skater in this set and thought she deserved a card all her own. Let’s try another single layer card!

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On Bristol smooth card stock I stamped the skater and the pond with Onyx Black ink (I did cut a full mask for the skater) and used my post-it tape hillside from my first card to mask off the ground. I ink blended the sky with Faded Jeans and Broken China Distress Oxide ink and printed the sentiment directly on the card base using the Sign Painter font for ‘winter’ and the Calibri font for the pun. I grabbed my Simon Says Stamp Falling Snow stencil to add the snow with VersaMark ink and Hero Arts White Puff Embossing powder. I did arrange the stencil so I wouldn’t get any big snowballs on my skater!

I colored the skater with my Zigg brush markers and tried to go a little more ethnic with this young lady. I die-cut the scene with a LFSRD, and matted that on a piece of the Twilight glitter paper and glued that straight down to a plain white card base. I had been digging around in my stash and came upon some Flower Soft Polar White from way back when and thought it would be fun to add some snowy texture to this card. (It IS a snow pun after all!!) I really like this card! The puff embossing powder and the Flower Soft work well together to add a lot of texture to this one-layer card. Does this still count as a one-layer card now? LOL! And of course, I love this simple pun!

So far, I’ve stamped that tree stamp and colored it. I stamped, colored and frame cut another tree. Now I need to use the layering tree die. I have to admit, when Hero Arts first did this kit reveal, I broke down and bought some Chibi Lights to do my first light-up card! I have been lusting after these little marvels for a long time, but they are a little expensive, and I hadn’t come across anything that screamed “Light Me”! So… I bought the cheapest Chibi Intro Kit that came with 3 LEDs, one battery and some foil circuit tape. Only $10! I figured that was worth the investment to see if I like this technique or not!

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Before I even took the the layering die and the frame die apart, I cut out one tree on some plain 110# white card stock. I did cut a matching panel with the frame die and glued that to the front panel with a piece of vellum between. I thought the vellum would help spread the light around and the double surround would help keep the light from bleeding beyond the edges of the tree. I took a little 1/16″ hole punch to all the branches and punched out little holes on the branches – looks like little lights on the tree!

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For the background / wiring layer, I grabbed a piece of card stock that I had sprayed with the Hero Arts Sea Foam Shimmer spray (MMH June 2018 kit) and laid out my circuit on that. I thought that shimmer spray card would add a little color to the lights reflecting behind the tree! You can really see that green in this pic! There are tons of ‘wiring how-to’ for the Chibi lights here on YouTube (and included with the Intro Kit) so I won’t go into that here, but I am proud to say I got the wiring correct on my first try. I did know that I wanted to put two lights behind this tree to try and get a more even spread throughout the die, and I had read somewhere that the lights each take 3 volts, so if I used two lights I could go up to 6 volts (2 batteries) for some extra bright shine!

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Never one to do things simply, I did go for the ‘double battery power pack’ and that ultimately necessitated some BIG space behind the card front. This actually worked to my advantage, as the more distance you have between the LEDs and the card front, the more the light will disperse! Here you can see my double battery stack on the left, the two lights in the center, and the double-height foam tape I used to attach the card front to the card base.

I did trim the card front down to 4.125″ x 5.375″ so we would get a tiny bit of the sea foam green showing around the edges IMG_5551and attached everything down to a plain white card base. I printed the sentiments using my Silhouette software and the Apple Chancery font. I trimmed down the sentiment on the front into a little banner and attached that with some foam tape. For the pun on the inside, I printed it directly on the card base. Not only did I have a great time playing with these Chibi Lights, but I really, really love this card and adore the pun-ny sentiment on the inside! I think everything works together brilliantly! Pun intended!!  LOL!!

I had this one pun running around my head and had to bring it into play with this kit.

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On a piece of Kraft card stock from my stash, I masked off the boy and girl skater and just stamped their skates with Onyx Black ink. I masked off the skates and stamped the pond in the same ink. I sketched in a couple of ice cubes and some stick legs going down to the skates using my 02 Pigma Micron pen. I reached for my colored pencils to add color to this vignette – I do love coloring on kraft card stock with colored pencils, and I used the kraft hoping to show a little translucency in the ice cubes – it worked very well – I wouldn’t have been able to get the same look on white card stock! I cut the kraft card with a LFSRD, matted that on a thin black mat, and matted both on a piece of the silver glitter card stock before attaching all down to a kraft card base. IMG_5547Of course, I did add some sparkle to the ice cubes with the Iridescent watercolor ink. Now, I don’t want anyone to miss the (obvious) pun here, so I printed the sentiment on the inside of the card using my Silhouette software and the Sign Painter font. I love the vignette quality of this little scene and this picture-pun makes me giggle.

Now I haven’t used the sledding boy stamp yet,  and there’s a couple of sentiments from the stamp set that I haven’t used yet either, so I decided to bring them all together for my last interactive card for this month.

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On a piece of Bristol smooth card stock, I took one of my stitched hillside dies and created this hillside without cutting through the edges of the card stock. I masked off the hillside and used my blending brushes and Oxide inks in Broken China and Faded Jeans to blend in the sky. I reached for my Simon Says Falling Backgrounds stamp to stamp the snow in the sky using VersaMark ink and embossing that with the Hero Arts White Puff embossing powder. This was the perfect size of snow for this scene! And I love the texture! I stamped the sentiment with onyx black ink and stamped the small snowflake with the Hero Arts Summer Sky ink. I stamped and colored and die-cut the boy in the same method I used for most all the images this month. And yes! There is a pull tab on the right side just behind the sled!

This card brings me so much joy I can hardly contain myself! This uses the Double Slider Surprise technique. Lawn Fawn came out with a die set for this technique just a month or so ago! I describe my technique in detail on my Double Slider Pull-Tab Card video and accompanying post. The big difference here is that the channel for the trash-bag conveyor belt is at an angle, and the boy is attached to the conveyor belt with a strip of acetate that is connected to his head and then down to the trash-bag conveyor belt. The track (the edge of the hill) is almost imperceptible here!  I stamped the “oh what fun!” sentiment on the pull tab so it is revealed as our sledder goes down the hill. I think this is another interesting advancement with my interactive card explorations and this is a terrific way to wrap up this winter-time kit this month!

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I came really close to using all the stamps in this stamp set but didn’t get to the “from us” sentiment, a few of the solid ornament stamps nor the short little ‘garland’ stamps, but I did manage to use 30 stamps with these 10 cards! Even though these cards do feel like a ‘set’ I think we have a pretty good variety here and I definitely developed some new skills and techniques putting these all together. I really love that tree stamp and layering die, and I have lots of that  lovely glitter paper to add to my stash!

Thank you so so much for sharing your time with me here – I hope I was able to provide some grins and giggles and a little inspiration for you this month. Please share this post with anyone you believe might be interested, remember to Like me, List me, Pin me, Post me, don’t run with scissors, and, as always, Happy Crafting!!

Unboxing! Love From Lizi |November 2018 “Frozen Forest” Card Kit.

Hello Folks! Scott here with my unboxing of the Love From Lizi November 2018 Card Kit.

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This month our color palette is all soft blues and greens and off-whites, and as usual, the kit is jam-packed with all sorts of interesting supplies and embellishments.

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As usual, we get five sheets of 8.5″ x 11″ card stock. This month we have two sheets of Kraft and three sheets of copic-friendly white card stock. I’ll often save the alcohol marker card and substitute some ordinary card stock from my stash. To round out our card stock stash, we get four half-sheets of A4 specialty card stock this month, including a sheet of acetate and vellum, as well as a white glitter and silver mirror card stock.

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We are treated to 18 sheets of 6″ x 6″ pattern paper this month with a light linen texture and finely rendered organic patterns. These eight sheets have the same four patterns on different colored backgrounds and can be used as cut-aparts or as simple backgrounds.

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We get three colors of the foliage pattern paper on the top left, and two colors of the delicate snow pattern on the top right. Finally, there are five sheets of pattern paper that have no alternate color duplicates but still illustrate the ‘frozen forest’ theme. That is a crazy amount of pattern papers included this month!

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We also get a sheet of stickers and a die-cut sheet of sentiments and tags that feature the icons and images from the pattern papers. Some deer, a fox and bunnies join together with the forest foliage and some nice pops of a peachy orange. Very wintry with just a hint of the holidays to come.

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One of my regular favorites with Lizi’s kits is her peel off stickers. This month we get these lovely mirrored apple green peel offs. YUMMY! We also get treated to another stencil this month… a ‘Falling Snow’ stencil that measures about 4″ wide by 5.5″ long – just enough for a card front! And that brings us to our stamp set that features another “infinity” stamp. This square stamp of assorted snowflakes can be repeatedly stamped in each and every direction for a seamless pattern in virtually any size you like. There is also a snowflake border stamp that is repeatable, eight individual snowflakes in assorted sizes and two sentiment stamps. Again, winter themed but nothing holiday specific.

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That brings us to our overstuffed embellishments bag! Along the bottom, we have six ribbons in our kit – three small satin ribbons in white, soft peach and a rose gold / coppery color on top. There is also a darker peach satin ribbon that is a little bit wider and a sparkly silver ribbon in the same width, and a 1″ wide burlap ribbon. That’s six meters of ribbon this month! Then, from left to right and top to bottom, we get six acetate sentiments done in silver foil, five silver star crystals and three mini jingle bells. There are also four wood-veneer tree die-cuts with a star on top.

Our “I’ve never seen it before” embellishment this month is these six felt die cuts – three snowflakes and three animals. These pieces are so thick, I originally thought these were foam, but no, these are really thick firmly pressed felt pieces. Very interesting. Though I do have to point out that the white snowflake, having eight points, is not a snowflake, but something more akin to a star… (all snowflakes have only six points). We get two dies this month – a filigree star and a circular die with snowflakes and a stag head.

Then we get a large assortment of tags – two small silver glitter tags, two medium kraft tags, two large white tags with reinforcements and twine, and four circular tags in two sizes featuring colors and icons drawn from the pattern papers. Our sample sequin mix this month is the Frozen Fondant mix with lovely soft greens and iridescent blues and whites. Perfectly coordinates with the theme this month! Of course, we do get our full-size bottle of Nuvo Crystal Drops in Wedgewood Blue which matches the greyish blue color of the kit very nicely, and finally we get a full roll of washi tape with ‘Happy Christmas’ foiled in silver on a shiny white background. Other than the “Noel” acetate sentiment, this is the only other reference to Christmas in this kit… I don’t think I’ll be able to avoid making one or two Christmas cards with this kit!

This kit is still available at the Love From Lizi shop along with assorted add-ons and another NEW decoupage kit (Festive Friends) from the same artist who did the Beary Christmas decoupage kit last year. If you are shopping at Love From Lizi, please use my link: http://bit.ly/LFLlink. 

Thanks for sharing your time with me today, keep an eye out for my 10 Cards 1 Kit video, try to stay warm and toasty, and Happy Crafting!

10 Cards 1 Kit | Love From Lizi October 2018 “Hello Autumn” Card Kit

Hello Folks! Scott here with my 10 cards featuring the Love From Lizi October 2010 “Hello Autumn” Card Kit.Screen Shot 2018-09-22 at 11.16.54 PM This month’s kit highlights autumn in all it’s beautiful colors and shapes and patterns, and, as usual with the Love From Lizi kits, features some items I’ve never seen in a card kit before!

As a season, I love Autumn. As a card theme, I’m not quite as enthusiastic. Short of a few Thanksgiving cards, I have never sent an “Autumn” or “Fall” card to anyone. If you have been following me at all over the last year or two, you know I like to have some reason, or at least a little context for my cards, so I tend to avoid vague sentiments.  I did hit upon the idea of combining some of the sentiments in this kit together, so I could add one or two of my own sentiments as well. My pun addiction is asserting itself!!

As usual, I did take the five card stock sheets included with the kit and cut and folded them all to make my ten 4.25″ x 5.5″ card bases.

I started out fairly simply this month, and I thought that the “warm tea” and “warm wishes” sentiments would work well together on one card.

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I cut the tea cup and laurels away from the “warm tea” stamp, and lined those up with the “warm wishes” stamp to make a single horizontal sentiment. I stamped those with Archival Acorn ink on a piece of the Antique Gold specialty paper and embossed that with some clear embossing powder. I glued the stamped piece to the striped pattern paper and added the copper peel-offs from the kit on the top and bottom, and cut that all down with a Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangle die. I decided that this ‘tea’ card should sport some of the Tea Towel ribbon from the kit, so I added that ribbon over two of the stripes and used foam tape to attach the complete card front to a Burgundy Red card base.

IMG_5458Never content to leave well enough alone, I took a piece of one of the cut apart sheets and fashioned a pouch to hold a tea bag on the inside of this card. I stamped a “Thank You” (from the October 2016 Paper Pumpkin kit) on the front of the pouch, and added the tea cup stamp (Acorn Archival ink for both)IMG_5459 behind the finger notch so it would be revealed when the tea bag is removed. I added an ephemera heart to the pouch and colored the hearts on both the large and small tea cups with a dark red colored pencil. Here we have a VERY masculine card with a purpose! A ‘Thank You’ card with a tea-time treat on the inside. I like these sentiments combined together, and can see myself actually using this simple Thank You tea-card!

Looking at this stamp set in a new way, I realized that there was a potential pun in another combination of these stamps – It’s never too early to start throwing the puns in!

img_54601.jpgOn the Peach card base, I added a 3″ strip of the light blue leaf pattern paper down the center, and framed the two sides with an LDRS Creative Basic Background Builder 1 die cut from the Burnt Orange specialty card stock and split down the middle. I bought this die a few months ago on a terrific LDRS sale, and the die set is still available and still on sale! I did add some of the thin copper peel-offs at the seam for a finishing touch of shine.

I stamped this sentiment, and four of the tiny leaf stamps on a piece of my standard Staples Ivory card stock with Acorn ink and clear embossed them all before cutting the sentiment out with a stitched rectangle die. I glued the sentiment to a thin Burnt Orange mat and outlined the sentiment with more of the copper peel-offs before I attached it to the card front with foam tape. I reached for one of the bark leaves from the kit and the blue twine for our focal point here. I coated the twine with glue and wrapped it around a pencil to dry so I could add a bit of ‘tendrils’ to the leaf. I wrapped the twine ‘tendril’ around the stem of the leaf and used foam tape to attach that to the card front. I used one of the iridescent gems on the tendril knot and added a few of the Ripened Pumpkin Nuvo Drops to the sentiment. Pretty straightforward here – where’s the pun? Inside, of course!!

IMG_5461I dug through my clip-art stash and found this great retro image of a lady on a phone and just had to use her to complete this card! I printed this image on some of my ivory card stock in a brown to black ombre and cut it out with a stitched rectangle die to be the writing surface for this card. I did erase the phone cord from the clip-art and added more of the blue twine (glued and wrapped around a skewer to dry) through a couple of tiny holes on the ivory writing surface before gluing this down to the inside of the card.

I did stamp the “Hello Autumn” sentiment next to this lady with Acorn and Onyx Black ink to mirror the printed ombre and complete this fun pun! I actually know someone named Autumn, and I think that’s what gave me this idea! I laugh every time I open this card, and I am especially pleased at how the leaf ‘tendrils’ hint at the phone cord on the inside!  Give me a sentiment that says “Autumn is Calling” and you just know I’m going to take it literally!! LOL! Still makes me laugh!!

I think the little rhyme on the “leaves are falling” sentiment inspired this next card from me. Another Fall poem that gives a little context to the “blessed season” sentiment.

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I believe the sentiments in this stamp set are hand lettered, and I hadn’t found a perfectly matching font yet, so I decided to ‘sketch’ this poem (on my Ivory card stock) using my Silhouette Portrait and a brown Pigma Micron pen in the Papyrus font, and adding the stamped sentiment using the Acorn ink. I die-cut the ivory card stock with an LDRS Creative Basic Stitched Flags die (also purchased on sale but no longer available) and cut a mat for that with the red and black houndstooth pattern paper. I cut a piece of my black card stock with a stitched rectangle die and another houndstooth mat for that, and glued those to a Vanilla card base and mounted the sentiment ‘flag’ to the card front with foam tape.

I die-cut the two leaf dies from the Antique Gold specialty card and, arranged them on the right side of the ‘flag’ along with three of the skeleton laves from the kit. I tried the leaves alone and the die- cuts alone and thought they worked better together. I tied a double bow using the tan twine from the kit and attached that to the top left of the ‘flag and glued the ends down to the card front. I think that black background really shows off those skeleton leaves to their best, and I did add Spectrum Noir glitter pen to them for a little touch of sparkle. IMG_5463Of course I knew I could use another sentiment on the inside of this card and grabbed the “Autumn Blessings” to stamp (Acorn ink) on my ivory card stock, and die-cut that and a houndstooth mat with my stitched oval dies. I thought these two sentiments worked perfectly together, and wrap up this fun little poem very nicely!

I continued my search for a passably matching font for this stamp set and finally came up with the Brushgyo font that is a very good simulation of the handwritten sentiments in this stamp set. It helps if you use it in small doses, but finding it opened up a couple of new ideas for me.

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My fourth card this month is actually on the Burgundy Red card base, but I did do a little ink blending on the edges to tone it down to a better match for the red pattern paper. I used Distress Oxide inks in Faded Jeans, and Vintage Photo and covered all four edges of the card base. I die-cut another piece of that Antique Gold specialty card with a stitched rectangle die and sent that through my Cuttlebug in the embossing folder from the kit for a nice knitted texture. I glued that to a thin mat of the Mirror Gold specialty card stock and glued both down to the card base.

I cut the pumpkin oval from the cut-apart sheet with a Gina K. Designs Large Oval die, and created the second half of this sentiment using my Silhouette Software and the Brushgyo font. I printed that on my oval and stamped the “Cozy Days” above the printing with my Acorn ink. I used the Gina K. Oval Small Set to die cut the double-stitched houndstooth mat and another large oval die to cut the thin black mat. I colored the stamped mushrooms with my Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers, glued all the ovals together and mounted them to the card front with foam tape. I die-cut two of the oak leaves from the Gold Mirror specialty card and added those with the ephemera mushroom to cover up the pumpkin and the flowers at the bottom of the oval. A few sequins (the red ones are from the LFL Spec. Ed. Thanksgiving kit from last year) add a little sparkle and flourish. I thought “Cozy Days” was a particularly vague sentiment but I really like the suggestive sense you get when you combine that with “snuggly nights”!

There are five little leaf stamps in the stamp set and I thought they might work well for creating a wreath using my homemade wreath builder template, and I was itching to do a little coloring with this kit wherever I could!

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On some of my ivory card stock I stamped all the leaves using my wreath template and the Acorn ink and I left a space for the pumpkin stamp at the very bottom. I colored everything with my Zig markers and then realized that the “Here Comes Fall” sentiment fit perfectly in the middle of this wreath (more acorn ink here!). I guess it kind of fills it up a little too perfectly and we lose a little bit of that wreath feeling without an empty center… c’est la vie! Every card kit teaches me more and more! I did die cut the stamping with a stitched rectangle die and added a strip of the chevron ribbon along the bottom before attaching a thin Chocolate Brown specialty card mat and gluing both down to the card front.

I took my micro applicator brushes and the SSS Fresh Fruit ink pads (and some acorn ink too!) and added all the colorful dots in and around the leaves. I added some sequins from the kit and a few Nuvo drops to finish up the wreath and tied a bow with the chevron ribbon for the final touch – that’s pretty thick ribbon so it makes a very chunky bow!IMG_5466Call me childish, immature or juvenile, but I just couldn’t resist adding this old joke on the inside of this card! This is printed on my ivory card stock in the Brushgyo font, die cut with a LFSRD, and matted to the fun orange polka-dot pattern paper (also die-cut with my LFSRD). This is a lovely, lighthearted card that gave me a chance to do a little coloring and get some more practice with my homemade wreath builder template.

We did receive a huge assortment of ephemera pieces this month and I was drawn to the pun-ny “Nuts about you” sentiment. There is the same sentiment on one of the cut-apart sheets but it is quite large and would take up an entire card front, so I opted to go with this smaller one and pair it up with the acorn pattern paper and the ephemera acorns.

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I detected a bit of a repeating pattern on that acorn pattern paper and fussy-cut this piece to use as the center panel on this card. I distressed the sides of the Vanilla card base with my ink blenders and some Vintage Photo Distress oxide ink and wrapped a piece of that crushed silk ribbon down the center of the pattern paper panel. I found it much easier to use this ribbon when I stopped trying to find a perfect match for the color and just used it as an accent.  I think it works well with the acorns!  I foam taped the panel to the card front and added the ephemera sentiment and acorns with an extra thick layer of foam tape. I did reach for my Autumn Red Nuvo Drops (from the LFL August 2017 Card Kit) for the embellishments here. Now THAT matches the silk ribbon PERFECTLY and adds a nice touch of shine. Fairly simple card here highlighting the ephemera nuts!! LOL!

I still had my eye on a few cut-apart pieces and I really liked the flowery burgundy cut-apart with the circle in the center. At first I was thinking about making a shaker card but instead turned to a stamp set that I got a while ago and hadn’t used yet.

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I stamped this sentiment with Onyx Black ink using the MFT Mini Well-Connected Alphabet and Numbers stamp set in the middle of the circle on the cut-apart panel. Since this was my first time using this stamp set, I did practice a couple times before committing to my pattern paper. I really like these stamps, and will use them more for simple sentiments like this. I was digging around in my old LFL leftover stash and found this Chocolate Brown Glitter paper (form the LFL August ’17 Card Kit) that matched this pattern paper perfectly! This is some of the sparkliest glitter paper I have ever seen!

I added a thin mat of the glitter paper to the back of the cut-apart piece and foam taped those to a panel of the matching pattern paper and glued to the Chocolate Brown card base. I added two thin strips of the glitter paper to the sides of the pattern paper and used a combination of my stitched circle dies and a nesting circle die to cut the thin glitter frame to go around the sentiment circle. I have to admit, I LOVE that glitter paper!

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I took the ephemera wreath that had a banner on it, and cut away the banner to make these two laurels to frame out the sentiment. I used foam tape to attach those around the sentiment and added two of the ephemera leaves as well. A few Nuvo Drops at the bottom for a touch of contrast on this card front and we’re almost done with this card. But why the “Autumn Leaves” sentiment… you gotta go inside to finish this thought…

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Autumn leaves…. I won’t… LOL! I think I still had my friend Autumn on my mind when I made this card! I used the MFT stamps and the onyx black ink to stamp this on one of the round ephemera pieces, and I just had to add a thin mat of that glitter card stock before attaching this to my white writing surface. An interestingly serious pun here on a card that kind of knocks my socks off! I love the matching pattern paper and that glitter paper is truly stunning!

Okay… pun-ny though that was,  I had this indescribable urge to try something silly. No, not something “Hello Autumn” silly. Something Seriously Silly!

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I took the other half of the blue leaf pattern paper and printed up this sentiment using my Silhouette Software and my favorite Brady Bunch remastered font. I glued that to my Sky Blue card front and framed the two sides (again) with an LDRS Creative Basic Background Builder 1 die cut from the Burnt Orange specialty card stock and split down the middle. This time I added that die-cut on the inside of the blue instead of the outside, but I did go ahead and add some peel-offs to the edges. That gave me enough room to add lengths of the copper ribbon to the top and bottom – I think that covers all the ribbons in this kit! I took two of the ephemera pumpkins and drew little faces on them with a fine point Sharpie, and attached them to the card front with foam tape. I love this double entendre pumpkin sentiment, and enjoy this silly diversion from the somber Fall theme.

Other than those bark leaves, we also got the unexpected embellishments of those wood slices that I was particularly interested in figuring out some use for. This is it!

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I die-cut a piece of the black flowery pattern paper with a LFSRD and added a thin white mat before gluing both to the Chocolate Brown card base. I dug around in my stamp stash and found 3 different sizes of heart stamps to stamp on the wood slices using the Hero Arts red reactive ink (from the July 2018 MMH kit). If you’re looking for a small heart stamp grab any Simon Says Stamp set you may have and chances are pretty good that there’s a small heart included!!

I turned to my Sillhouette Portrait to print and cut this sentiment using the Brushgyo font. I cut 3 extra shapes to glue together for a chipboard-like feeling for the sentiment and added that to the card front with more foam tape. Those wood slices are thick enough to warrant some extra dimension on the front of this card. I glued those slices down to the card front using my Multi Medium Matte and put some weight on them while they dried. I wasn’t really sure about this card when I glued everything together, but when everything was dry and I took the weight off, I was pleasantly surprised at how attractive this card is! LOVE that pun, and those wood slices are so very unique!

Now I still have 3 stamps from the stamp set still waiting to be used, and I got the fun idea to combine sentiments again for something a little different.

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I admit, the “be thankful’ sentiment is useful, but I had no idea how to make the “rainy season” sentiment work. With the simple addition of “for the” between these stamps  (Brushgyo font using my Silhouette Software) we have a totally different sentiment! I stamped both sentiments in acorn ink on a scrap of white card stock that had the “for the” already printed on it. I die cut that with a LFSRD and colored the small images with my colored pencils. I stamped the umbrella stamp on both sides of the Sky Blue card base using the Hero Arts Summer Sky ink pad and lightly colored them all with my colored pencils. I grabbed the MFT Mini Cloud Edges Stencil, my Tim Holtz Ink blending brushes and some Distress Oxide Iced Spruce ink to create the cloudy sky on a scrap of my light blue card stock. I did try to create a bit of an ombre effect with the clouds being darker at the bottom and lighter towards the top. I glued the cloud strip to the card front and added two thin strips of the Antique Gold specialty card on either side. I attached the sentiment right in the middle with foam tape and turned to the inside of this card.

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YAY!  A pop-up rainbow on the inside! It’s been a while since I did a pop-up card for everyone. This one was actually quite simple. I used my Stitched Rainbow die to cut out six rainbows from some scrap card stock in purple, blue, green, yellow, orange and red and glued those together on a piece of blue stationary paper. I trimmed the paper a touch smaller than the rainbow and left tabs longer at both ends. I printed up this sentiment on some white card stock using my Silhouette Software and the Ballerina Script font and used a LFSRD to cut it to size before gluing it down to the inside of the card. I scored and folded the rainbow right in the middle, folded the blue paper tabs back and glued it down to the center of the card just above the sentiment. I arranged the rainbow to fold forward instead of backward so I could attach it to the top portion of the card and it wouldn’t stick out when the card was closed. I like this simple sentiment, and I love the big color pop of the bright rainbow – especially after all these Autumn themed and colored cards. Rainbows are certainly worth a rainy season!

Those are my 10 cards from the Love From Lizi October Card Kit. These may have been a bit of a challenge for me, But I am very pleased with the masculine originality here.

 

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I DID manage to use EVERY SINGLE STAMP from the “Hello Autumn” stamp set, and I also managed to use (at least a little bit) everything included in this kit. Of course I have oodles of extras left over (as is always the case with the LFL kits) and they will find loving homes in my stash. I did try to push the envelope a little bit with this kit and come up with some ideas that might not be readily apparent. I hope this sparks some ideas of your own and encourages you to try to think outside-the-box with your creations! I always appreciate the time you share with me and any comments or questions you may have. Please share this post with anybody who has a serious addiction to all things Autumn, pin me, post me, don’t run with pumpkins (they’re a bad lot), and, as always, I send you and yours heartfelt Autumn blessings and…  Happy Crafting!!

10 Cards 1 Kit | My Monthly Hero September 2018 Kit

Hello Folks! Scott here with my ten cards featuring the Hero Arts My Monthly Hero September 2018 Kit. This is my fifth month with MMH, and for the first time since I started my subscription, I was a little underwhelmed with this kit at first sight.

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The stamp set felt a little schizophrenic to me with the clash of the Chinese lantern plants and the maple branches and leaves… It is a full 6″ x 8″ stamp set with 18 matching frame cuts and yet another Window Fancy die and Frame. The translucent sticky tag leaf notes were very interesting – and there’s 30 of them here. To finish out this kit we got a Daniel Smith Watercolor Dot Card and 5 mini brushes. Okay… so I guess we’re water-coloring…!

I figured you can never go wrong if you start a kit with a large window fancy die… so I die cut a piece of my Strathmore 400 Series cold press watercolor paper with the die and went to town on it with those mini brushes and the DS dot watercolors… hmmmmm…..

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I have to say I was not impressed at all with those mini brushes… I think they just don’t hold enough water for me, so I ended up putting some really strong pigments on this die cut. But, that’s one of the great things about watercolors… you can keep working them until your paper falls apart!! LOL!!

I was, however, very pleased with the background watercolor using my own brushes and LOTS of water..!! LOL!! I’ve got to remember those DS watercolors are very heavily pigmented (especially the reds!).  We did need some distinction between the die cut and the background, so I die cut three pieces of black card stock with the fancy window die (and a Lawn Fawn stitched rectangle die!) and glued them all together to back the watercolor die cut. I stamped the sentiment on the background using VersaFine Onyx black ink and embossed that with some clear embossing powder. That deepens the black and adds a touch of shine!

I glued the background watercolor piece directly to a black card base and glued the stack of die cuts on top of that. I thought some very thin white highlights using my 05 white gel pen would bring a little life to this card and I ended up really liking this! I think it’s very interesting that this window fancy die can be used in virtually any orientation, and this sentiment fits perfectly in the open area. Okay… I’m feeling it a little more…!

I reached for those leaf notes next and my first thought was to take that small maple leaf die and start cutting these great big leaves down to a more manageable card size…!

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I was able to line the leaf note veins up with the die very nicely but realized I’d only get one small leaf from every large leaf if I did that, and it seemed kind of wasteful – especially since I knew I wanted a ‘pile’ of leaves on the bottom of this card. So… I die-cut more leaves with no regard to the veins! I cut a piece of my standard Staples Ivory card stock with a LF stitched rectangle die and stamped the sentiment with Acorn Archival Ink and clear embossed it before I arranged the leaves around the sentiment. I used Multi Medium Matte to glue all the leaves down, and was pleased that you can’t see the glue at all! I reached for a piece of dark red Tim Holtz Kraft-Core card stock from the Nostalgic Collection and was going to trim off the leaves at the edge of the ivory card stock and make a thin mat with the red, but I liked the look of the leaves going over the ivory onto the red and just left the red mat full-sized. All is glued down to an Ivory card base and I feel like I could almost jump into this pile of leaves! Happy Autumn indeed!

You should know by now that I love me some puns, and there was one sentiment in this stamp set that I thought I could pun-i-fy up a little bit and that inspired this card.

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I knew I wanted to use the bare branch stamp on some Kraft card stock so I stamped three of those with my Acorn ink and used a die template to help me place the die for the most accurate die cut. I just cut the die out of a scrap of card stock and taped that over the stamped image to help line up the die. Worked very well for these branches! I decided to go monochromatic and stamped the vase and saucer the same. I did go in with a white colored pencil to add some highlights to these images and that brought a little life to this still-life arrangement! On an Ivory card base, I used the Mummy Bauxite watercolor dot to brush a light swatch of color across the bottom to anchor my arrangement, and stamped and embossed the sentiment again in the Acorn ink on the card front. I cut a little slit in the edge of the vase and the saucer to slip the ends of the branches into and glued the saucer flat to the card front and used foam tape to mount the vase and branches. Ok… so we’re kind of pushing the pun here, but there is a branch out… yeah? Get it??  LOL!  Okay…  I’m an easy target! LOL!

So… we have that ‘You are vibrant’ stamp and I thought maybe I could color those Chinese lantern plant stamps in some real vibrant colors if I used my Zigg Clean Color Real Brush markers. I didn’t think the dot card colors were particularly ‘vibrant’.

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I did do some research on these plants and colored them all according to pictures I was able to access. I stamped everything with my Onyx Black ink on some Bristol smooth card stock and colored everything with my Zigg markers. I again created a die template to assist in die-cutting these branches and that bulb on the bottom. The vase was simple enough to line up the die without a template. I arranged all three of the branches together and intertwined their leave to make a pleasant arrangement and tucked them all into a slit in the top of the vase. Well! That vase and arrangement filled up the entire card!! So I just stamped the sentiment on a white card front and mounted everything with foam tape. I did add a touch of a shadow under the items with a light gray alcohol marker to help ground the arrangement. I think this is quite vibrant!! LOL!

So that was pretty successful with the lantern plant branches… let’s see what I can do with those skeleton pod stamps and that other bare branch. And that dot stamp…!?

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From the plant research that I did, I knew that the dot stamp was the ‘berry’ inside these skeleton pods on the lantern plants. I experimented around a bit … I even tried embossing these on black… but I lost the berry behind the embossing… Finally I arrived at this. I stamped the dot (three times) in SSS Watermelon Hybrid ink on Ivory card stock, and then stamped a darker red (Hero Arts Red Reactive ink from the July ’18 kit) on the bottom left side of the berry. Those small stamp cubes make it pretty easy to ink up only a portion of the stamp for a great shadow and unbeatable dimension. A touch of white gel pen to highlight the top right side of the berries and I think  we’re ready to stamp the pod over the top. Creating some dimension on those berries makes all the difference!

I stamped the two flowers, the bud and the branch with Acorn ink on Ivory card stock, colored those with my Zigg markers, and die cut those along with the three pods. I used a die template for the branch but not the other pieces. I married up the flowers with the top branches and the 3 pods with the bottom branches and mounted them all with foam tape to a Kraft card base. I stamped the sentiment using the Red Reactive ink and embossed it with clear powder. I needed something else to help ‘frame’ this card and reached for some dark red card stock and a couple of circle punches from my stash to create this dotted border on the top and bottom of the card front. I think those dots echo the berries very nicely and finish out this design perfectly. And those berries look like they are actually inside those pods! Very cool!

That covers the lantern plant stamps… let’s move along to the maple branches next!

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I stamped two branches on Bristol smooth card stock in Acorn Archival ink and went back to the DS watercolors to color the branches and leaves. Had to use my smallest brush since these images are fairly petite..! I did make another die template to assist in die-cutting the branches out. It really helps!

I cut a plain piece of white card stock with a stitched rectangle die and stamped the ‘thankful’ stamp (in Acorn) just above the center of the card and went to my Silhouette software to add the ‘I am so … for you’ (Lucida Grande font) around the stamp. I love how this came out. Once I ran the front panel through my printer, I went back and embossed the ‘thankful’ with VersaMark ink and clear embossing powder over the Acorn Archival ink. I matted the card front on a thicker orange and thinner kraft card stock and then down to a white card base. I used foam tape to mount the branches and Voila! a really lovely autumnal thank you card! I felt like had better control of the DS watercolors, and was a little more familiar with the colors by now, and am very pleased with the result!

A few months ago, Gina K. came out with a Stencil Builder Template which is a very IMG_5445simple yet effective concept. Naturally, I had to make a homemade template for myself and have played around with it a little bit. You really need smallish stamps to make an effective wreath (of course Gina K. has lots of ‘wreath builder’ stamp sets available!) I haven’t used the single maple leaf stamp yet, and wreaths are certainly appropriate for the season, so I thought that perhaps the maple leaf stamp might make a good autumnal wreath!

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There you go! My first wreath card! I stamped the maple leaf on Bristol smooth card stock with Acorn Archival ink four times with the stamp in one direction, and then four times with the stamp in the other direction. I thought this was much better than having the stamps all facing the same direction around the wreath. I dug out this three little dots stamp from the Simon Says Stamp ‘Kind Flowers’ stamp set to add a little detail in the larger gaps and colored everything with the DS watercolor dot card. I stamped the sentiment in Acorn ink again in the center of the wreath, and I added some Morning Dew Nuvo Crystal Drops to the dots for a touch of shine and a little dimension. After coloring everything, I die cut the front panel with a stitched rectangle die. And what does every nice wreath call for? A bow!!  Instead of adding a bow to the wreath itself, I used both pieces of ribbon from the kit to ‘wrap’ a nice double-bow around the bottom of the card front and matted that on some core-dination Auburn Pearl card stock and then to a white card base. Perfect touch! As I add additional small stamps to my stash, I will play with that wreath template some more! I really like this sentiment paired up with a maple leaf wreath!

Now I’ve used the maple leaf stamp and the maple leaf die but I haven’t used them together! The bare branch stamp (card #3) seemed out of scale with the maple leaf so I reached for the other bare branch stamp (card #5) to use with the maple leaf stamp.

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I stamped six of the maple leaves and one branch on Bristol smooth card stock with Acorn ink and colored them all with the DS watercolors and die cut them with the included dies (using a template for the branch but not the leaves). I die cut a plain piece of white card stock with a stitched rectangle die and went to my Silhouette software to create this sentiment using the Black Jack font and the Lucida Grande font. I printed that sentiment in brown and added a wide yellow mat and a thin core-dination Auburn Pearl mat before gluing the whole piece to a white card base. I glued the leaves to the branches (except one!) and mounted all to the card front with foam tape. Now here we have another simple seasonal mild pun to add to our batch this month. I really like how that branch stamp looks totally different on this card than it does on card #5.

I think I have just about exhausted the maple leaves in this kit now, and have two more stamps to use before I can claim to have ‘used every stamp’ in this stamp set.

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This card tickles me more that it probably should…! I grabbed the simple branch with leaves stamp for this card, and stamped it directly on a plain white card base 3.5 times…! Using my stamp platform, I stamped the first three branches in Acorn ink and then masked off the leaf portion and just stamped the ‘stem’ of the branch for the fourth branch (just to get placement correct). I stamped the whole stamp on a piece of scrap card stock and, using my light table, traced the rest of the branch onto the card front with my Brown Pigma Micron pen. This might be considered a little bit of an inside joke to the stampers out there, but I love that the leaves ‘disappear’ on that last stamp! This sentiment is from Ecclesiastes 3:1 (very familiar to most!) which I created on my Silhouette software using the Black Jack  and the Modern #20 fonts and printed that up in brown. Very simple coloring on the leaves using the DS watercolors (those are some TINY leaves!) and a touch of white gel pen on the naked branch for the suggestion of snow, and that’s all the coloring we need! A couple of strips cut from a dark brown piece of that Tim Holtz Kraft-Core card stock anchors the image and finishes off this card very nicely. This still makes me giggle… so simple but very effective!

I still have to use that last branch stamp with ‘berries’ on it, and while I was playing with the Chinese lantern plants, I decided I wanted to try and stamp out a bonsai tree.

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LOL! Oh, YES! I am quoting Yoda on the front of this card! LOL! If this groovy bonsai tree wasn’t enough, this sentiment is!! LOL!

On a stitched rectangle die-cut panel of Bristol smooth card stock, I began by masking the left half of the saucer stamp (stamping the right side with Acorn ink) and then masking the right side of the saucer stamp (stamping the left side with Acorn ink) to make this saucer appreciably smaller for this tree. Then I stamped the berry branch 3 times for the main branches and then masked off the bottom portion of the stamp for the shorter fourth branch. This stamp was flexible enough to allow me to bend it around into different shapes using my stamp platform.

I colored in a ‘dirt’ mound in the saucer (and thickened up the bottom of the trunk) with my Brown Micron Pen, and used the watercolor dot card to color in the berries and the saucer. I realized most bonsai seem to be planted in a mossy substrate so I took my #10 white gel pen and added lots of white dots to the mound. I let the gel pen dry and then went over that with some of my green Zig markers. Very ‘mossy’! For the final touch on this tree, I added tiny leaves to the end of every empty branch (and a couple extra spots) with the tip of the green Zig marker. I drew a light shadow under the saucer with an alcohol marker, and along with the touches of green, this bonsai tree is complete!

I used my Silhouette software to print this sentiment in browns using the Lucid Grande font again, and matted the card on more of that Tim Holtz Kraft-Core dark brown card stock and glued both down to a Kraft-Core dark red card base. Of course I couldn’t leave well enough alone and had to add a real honest-to-goodness pun on the inside of this card. IMG_5443‘You are treemendous’ is the perfect compliment to the ‘Size matters not’ Yoda quote on the front, and I am still laughing…! Something about the juxtaposition of the quite formal bonsai tree contrasting with the Yoda quote, feels delightfully silly to me. This is a card I can actually see myself giving to someone! If you can’t tell, I love this card!! LOL!!

A couple of times, I was worried that I wouldn’t be able to come up with 10 unique cards using this kit, but I persevered, and ultimately, I quite enjoy every one!

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That’s my 10 cards from the MMH September 2018 Kit, and I am so pleased to say that I was able to use every single stamp in this stamp set!! WOO-HOO!  LOL!!! I find it very interesting that these kits seem to inspire different styles of cards from me each month. These cards feel almost nothing like my August coffee cards… very interesting! The basic simplicity of a lot of these cards really highlights the coloring and the compositions. I think this a great variety of truly lovely cards, and I am thrilled that I was even able to work in few puns this month (minor though some be)! LOL!!

Thank you so much for sharing your time with me here. I hope I was able to provide you with some smiles and maybe a useful tip or two. Please share this post with anyone who might be interested, feel free to toss me around to your friends and crafting buds on social media, remember, don’t run with scissors, and HAPPY AUTUMNAL CRAFTING!!

Unboxing! Love From Lizi | October 2018 “Hello Autumn” Card Kit

Hello Folks! Scott here with my unboxing of the Love From Lizi October Card Kit. Lizi refers to this as the “Hello Autumn” kit and it is full of fall colors, images and sentiments.

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As usual, this kit is over-loaded with supplies and a couple surprises for us to play with!

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Our card stock is 8.5″ x 11″ letter-size card stock in Burgundy Red, Peach, Sky Blue, Chocolate Brown and Vanilla, and we get four half-sheets (8.5″ x 5.5″) of specialty card stock in Gold Mirror, Burnt Orange, Chocolate Brown and an Antique Gold Pearl.

This month sees the return of Lizi’s 12″ x 12″ cut apart sheets. Four big sheets of fun!

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Our first cut-apart sheet has six 4″ x 6″ portrait panels with a few large sentiments and a great stripe pattern on it’s back side… wait a minute… there’s a pink stripe in there too!!

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Our second sheet has six 4″ x 6″ landscape panels. Here we see a little ‘pumpkin spice’ sneaking into our sentiments and the back features a lovely multicolored flower pattern.

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The third cut-apart sheet has twelve 3″ x 4″ portrait panels with lots of sentiments and images just ripe for fussy-cutting! And that burgundy and black houndstooth pattern on the back of this sheet is quite appealing and very Autumnal!

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And the last cut-apart sheet has nine 4″ x 4″ panels with more sentiments and images and that nice “Hello Autumn” sentiment on faded newsprint. The reverse side of that sheet sports a very pale pink pattern of interlocking circles… I’ll concentrate on the front!

Also included with the card stock in this kit is eight 6″ x 6″ double-sided pattern papers.

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There are some great plaids and stripes and acorns, flowers and leaves. I love that black pattern paper with the flowers and am thrilled that Lizi gave us TWO of those in this set.

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The reverse side of our pattern papers continues the fall theme with more leaves and stripes, a random triangle pattern, a black and white gingham, some polka dots and a Navajo blanket pattern. I love the red, and black-and-white patterns go with everything!

That covers all the card stock in the kit! Moving right along…

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Our peel-offs this month are Copper Mirror! REALLY LOVELY! And we are treated to another 5′ x 7″ embossing folder this month! This folder features a knitted pattern in blocks and stripes and is large enough to cover the entire front of most any card!

That brings us to Lizzi’s Hello Autumn stamp set.

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This is obviously a sentiment laden stamp set with 10 Autumnal sentiments in a lovely script font. There are a number of images too (some attached to the sentiments) like the tea cup, an umbrella, a pumpkin and 5 tiny leaves that would be great for wreaths!

And finally that bring us to our embellishments bag! Or, the Goody Bag as I like to say!

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Once again, Lizi has some surprises for us this month! Our ribbon bundle includes a meter length of 1.5″ wide crushed silk burgundy ribbon, 5/8″ wide ‘tea towel’ ribbon, a 1/4″ metallic copper ribbon, and a 1/5″ wide burlap and copper ribbon in a chevron pattern. SPARKLY! we also get some lengths of twine in blue and natural. I have to admit I miss the lovely cardboard spool our ribbons came on last month!! LOL! Then, from the left, we have our sample pack of “Hello Autumn” sequins in oranges and dark blues, brushed gold, white, and YES! There are a few soft pink sequins in there too! We get a pack of five skeleton leaves in colors! I’ve only seen these skeleton leaves in natural color so these are very interesting! We get a silver leaf, two copper leaves and two gold ones!

And here is the item I’ve NEVER seen before… Bark leaf die-cuts! Six real bark ‘leaves’ in natural colors. VERY INTERESTING!! Those are complimented with our two dies this month. A Chestnut Oak leaf die and a Maple leaf die – both of these are fairly large dies! For another bit of nature, we also get six wood slices. Cut on a bias, they show off the interior wood as well as the outer bark. I don’t know whether to start a fire or make some cards! LOL!  We do get a strip of small iridescent crystals – more than 50 here I believe! And not to forget our bottle of Nuvo Crystal Drops in Ripened Pumpkin. Looks just like a can of Libby’s Pumpkin! And, if that weren’t enough…!

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We ALSO get this ginormous package of ephemera pieces! There are more than 60 pieces in this pack and I felt like I needed to lay them all out for you (and for my reference too!) There are flowers and pumpkins and mushrooms and leaves. Tags and labels and feathers and wreaths and even a pumpkin pie! YUM! I would like to know when the Starbucks ubiquitous seasonal Pumpkin Spice Latte became an acronym!! (PSL) !! Personally, I like my coffee to taste like coffee – not a pumpkin pie! A touch of mass hysteria there as far as I’m concerned!!  LOL!!

I didn’t opt in for any add-ons this month – I thought there was more than enough supplies to satisfy my creative mojo. This kit is still available as of posting. If you want to join in on the annual rush of Autumnal madness, please use my link when you shop at Love From Lizi: http://bit.ly/LFLlink

SPECIAL NOTICE!     SPECIAL NOTICE!     SPECIAL NOTICE!     SPECIAL NOTICE!

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If you were a fan of the LFL Beary Christmas Special Edition kit last year, Lizi released a new decoupage kit from the same artist this month. The Festive Friends Special Edition Card Kit has sold out once already and has just been re-stocked. Grab ’em while you can and please use my link when shopping at Love From Lizi: http://bit.ly/LFLlink

Thank you so much for sharing your time with me here. I hope I was able to show you this plethora of supplies in a little more detail. Please share this post with anyone you feel might be interested, keep an eye out for my 10 Cards 1 Kit video for this month, and, as always, Happy Crafting!

10 Cards 1 Kit | Love From Lizi September 2018 Super Card Kit

Hello folks! Scott here with the new Love From Lizi September 2018 Super Card Kit! This month, Love From Lizi turns TWO! HAPPY BIRTHDAY LIZI! To honor this momentous occasion, Lizi has come out with this “Happy Haunting” Super Card Kit that features products manufactured especially for Love From Lizi !! This kit has already sold out but Lizi has some of the add-ons for this month still available, and will probably release this stamp set for sale in the coming months. Remember… if you go shopping at Love From Lizi, please use my link: http://bit.ly/LFLlink

Screen Shot 2018-08-21 at 8.51.27 PMI do use the included card stock as card bases (A2 cards as usual) Sometimes the color of a card base will inspire the design of a card. This month, it’s all about Halloween here!!

One of my favorite things about the Love From Lizi Card Kits is that we usually get some unique and/or new-to-me supplies. This month was no different with the inclusion of a full-size tub of Brusho Crystal Colors in Black. I’ve never played with powdered watercolors before, so I grabbed some of my Strathmore 140# watercolor paper and started experimenting! I taped my paper to a board and added some clean water and started adding the Bruso to the wet paper… WOW! Lots of colored powders make up the black color here. I’d add more powder, and spritz more water, and after a few rounds of powder and water came up with this:

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After creating this, I am going to have to re-think my ‘galaxy’ coloring methods! This background inspired my first card this month.

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On a white card base (I do save the LFL Copic-friendly white card stock for alcohol marker coloring, and substitute a sheet of 110# white card stock from my stash). I did spatter some permanant white water color over that Brusho background for stars and that completed the ‘galaxy’ look. I die cut that background with a Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangle die (surprise!) and matted that onto a piece of the Dusty Pink specialty card stock and glued those to the card front. I used one of my Darice circle dies to cut  out a little ‘moon’ from the Blush specialty card stock and glued that directly to the background. I took the Witch ephemera piece from the kit, and mounted that over the moon with some foam tape, and added the pun-y sentiment from the decoupage sheet in the same way. A few drops of the Wisteria Purple Nuvo drops and some Glossy Accents on her eyes adds a little more shine to our witch, IMG_5345and of course, I couldn’t resist adding another pun to the inside of this card! “Spell, yeah!” (Black Jack font) works perfectly and provides a little more of laugh when the card is opened. I really love that ‘galaxy’ background, and the clear drops on her eyes add a lot of life to this image!

Now that I have done some free-for-all ‘painting’ with the Brusho powder, I thought I would try and see how much control I could exert with this medium. I am a control freak! I figured a moon would be useful with this Halloween kit so I  came up with this.

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I did add some of my permanent white watercolor to this (note the Tycho Crater on the lower right) but all the colors and speckling came directly from the Brusho Powder! Now that’s my idea of using those watercolor powders to do my bidding! LOL!

If you saw my un-boxing, you know I got a big kick out of that Owl ephemera piece and decided to pair that up with this watercolor moon.

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On a black card base, I again spattered some of my permanent white watercolor for a light background of stars directly on the card base. I glued the moon directly to the card front with my Ranger Multi Medium Matte glue, and cut out the thinnest stripe from the striped pattern paper that came with the kit. With the aid of a couple of folds, I fashioned a branch from that stripe for my Owl to stand upon and attached that along with my owl to the card front using foam tape. Halloween cards kind of lend themselves to puns so I am off and running already with this “Happy Owl-oween!” sentiment I printed up using my Silhouette software and the Black Jack font again. I trimmed that into a banner shape and foam taped that to the card front as well. IMG_5347I did think this was the perfect opportunity to use the “trick or treat” stamp from the stamp set and added that to the inside of this card using VersaFine Onyx Black ink (I do ALL my stamping this month with this ink). I also added Glossy Accents on the owls eyes (BIG eyes here!) and again that brought so much life to this card! BEWARE!!!  I am just getting started with the Halloween puns this month!!!

We got a terrific new curly-cue cobweb stencil in the kit this month and I though it would be fun to try some ‘reverse stenciling’ with this highly detailed cobweb. Basically, I’m just using the stencil as a stamp – inking up the surface and applying that to card stock. Now, the manufactured cut edges of the stencil are minutely higher (thicker?) than the body of the stencil, so if you ink your stencil and apply that directly to card stock, chances are pretty good that you will only transfer the edges of the stencil. Here are my experiments:

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Clockwise from top left: 1. Hero Arts Unicorn White ink and white gel pen 2. HA Unicorn White ink and silver stardust gel pen 3. Golden Crown embossing powder (LFL) 4. Silver Dollar embossing powder (LFL) 5. Pumpkin Pie embossing powder (LFL) 6. HA Unicorn White ink with a good spray of water. For the embossed pieces, I coated the stencil with some VersaMark ink, laid that on the card stock and ran it through my die-cutting machine using an embossing mat. That really pressed the ink into the card stock and gave me really good results with all the embossing powders. And you can get a good impression from most of your water-based inks if you spritz the stencil with a good amount of water. I was just experimenting here, but I really like the subtle  variations in color on cobweb #6!

I also took a little time to go ahead and assemble all four of the decoupage pieces included in the kit. YOWZA! there are some incredibly small pieces to these decoupage cut-outs – I don’t think I’ve ever trimmed foam tape this small! I like to use EK tools 3D-Dots with this layering decoupage. At 1/16″ thick, these are the thinnest, highest quality foam squares I have ever seen.

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Those arms on these “Ghoul-ettes” are super thin! I think my foam squares are thicker than some of the widths I was trimming it down to!! I did persevere and  got all four of our “Ghoul-ettes” assembled using all the decoupage pieces. Really fun dimension!

I thought that cobweb and the decoupage  “Ghoul-ette” with a book would work well together for my next card.  And maybe that book she’s reading is a cook book (or a spell book if you like). That ephemera cauldron would work nicely here too!

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I trimmed down my white cobweb to fit (the stencil is a 6″ x 6″ stencil with a frame, so it won’t completely fill the 5.5″ length of a card front) and glued that to the Posy card base and added a couple of the thinnest Lilac peel-offs to the top and bottom edges. I did make a little mini-shaker out of the inside of the cauldron using only the smaller sequins from the Happy Haunting Sequin Mix (doesn’t shake much, but looks cool!) and glued the cauldron and the Ghoul-ette together before mounting them to the card front with foam tape. I stamped the skulls from the stamp set with VersaFine ink and used the included die to cut out the two larger skulls and just fussy-cut the smaller one. I colored the skull on the hair bow with my Stardust gel pen and used my Spectrum Noir Sparkle Glitter Brush Pen to add some shine to the skulls. I attached the skulls with some foam tape and added a few sequins as if they were all ‘bubbles’ rising from the cauldron! And, here it comes… my second pun-y sentiment for this month: “If you got it, Haunt it!” printed using my Silhouette software and the Black Jack font. I thought white text on a black background was very appropriate for a lot of these cards this month, and I love how it kind of feels like it’s white embossing! I do complete this card with theIMG_5349 “happy halloween” stamp from the kit on the inside of the card – I think every card this month sports a sentiment on the inside! I really like pairing this Ghoul-ette up with the cauldron – it gives some context to the book she’s reading and the skull ‘bubbles’ reinforce that as well!

Okay, lets dig into some of that Love From Lizi Happy Haunting pattern paper pad now. I really liked that ‘striped’ pattern paper and thought those stripes looked a lot like birch trees. I considered cutting all the stripes away from the pattern paper and gluing them to black card stock to get a ‘night sky background’, but then thought it would be very interesting to play with a ‘reverse’ night sky with a moon poking through the  trees…!

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I traced a circle on the pattern paper (another circle die to the rescue!) and used my craft knife to cut the circle out while leaving the ‘trees’ intact. I then die-cut the pattern paper with a stitched rectangle die and matted it to a piece of the Black specialty card stock (with the center cut out!) and foam taped it to the Lilac card base for some added dimension behind the ‘trees’. I also took a small piece of the chevron pattern paper and fussy-cut one edge, die-cut it to size and added it to the bottom of my card front for a little suggestion of ground. I paired up the decoupage Bat Ghoul-ette with the ephemera bat and attached their ‘hands’ together as if they were dancing in the forest… I attached those to the card front with more foam tape (you can never have TOO MUCH dimension!) and printed out the “I’m batty for you” sentiment using the Ballerina Script font. I sized that sentiment to fit my smallest stitched rectangle die and glued three layers together IMG_5351before foam mounting them to the card front. Another “happy halloween” stamped on the inside, some more Glossy Accents on her eyes for a little shine, and there you have it!  I loved pairing these two ‘bats’ together and with the Ghoul-ette’s leg kicked up in the air, it really feels like they’re dancing through the forest!

We got some terrific wood-veneer die cuts in the kit this month – nicely sized, well detailed and darker than most veneer pieces we see, and I was eager to use the large wood-veneer skull for my next card.

IMG_5352I took the white and black skull pattern paper, and noticed that it was the exact same pattern on both pieces so I stacked them on top of each other and started cutting strips. Then it was a simple process to match the patterns and create a black and white striped paper with the pattern running uninterrupted across all pieces. I LOVE that! I die cut my finished stripes with a stitched rectangle die and matted that to a piece of the Blush specialty glimmer paper before gluing them to the Dark Gray card base. I did cut a mat for the skull from more of the same glimmer card stock and added that to the card front with foam tape. And I LOVE this sentiment…!!  Makes Me Laugh every time I sing it. YES… you got to sing this one! LOL!! I printed this sentiment using my favorite Brady Bunch Remastered font, die cut it with a stitched rectangle die, and foam taped it to the card front. IMG_5353Another stamp of “happy halloween” on the inside of the card and I thought that was it. But something was missing… I experimented coloring the eye sockets with a black gel pen on the smaller wooden skull but did not care for that effect. The sockets are very textured on their bottoms (probably a result of their lase-cutting) and that kind of flattened out the shine from the gel pen. AHA! Black Nuvo Drops in the eye sockets give this fellow some GREAT personality and shine and makes me laugh even harder! He looks kind of irritated! LOL!

Last year, with the LFL Thanksgiving Special Edition kit, I made a sketch file on myIMG_4016 Silhouette Portrait for a background of ‘swirling wind’ to use for a “Sweater Weather” card. I love the fact that my Silhouette will not only cut out shapes, but that it will also draw shapes with any pen or marker that will fit in the holder. I had another great ‘witch’ sentiment that I wanted to use and I thought this would work well for a witch on her broomstick.IMG_5354

I ‘sketched’ the swirly lines using my white gel pen on a piece of the Graphite specialty card stock and used my largest stitched rectangle die to cut that to size and glued it to the Dark Gray card base for my card front. I mounted the decoupage witch to the card front with foam tape and printed this double-pun sentiment using the Black Jack font on some plain white card stock. I did size the sentiment so I could die cut it with a Spellbinders Deckle Rectangle die, and I went ahead cut two more layers and glued them all together for some added thickness. IMG_5355I distressed the edges of that sentiment with a little Pumice Stone Distress Ink and mounted that to the card front with foam tape. A few pink sequins from the sequin mix add a little bling for a nice finishing touch. Of course, I have to continue using the “happy halloween” stamp on the inside of this card as well… I guess you could say that stamp is on a roll!! I’m SO GLAD this stamp is in this stamp set! I only have one teeny tiny “Happy Halloween to You” stamp in my stash! And I have to admit, I really enjoy this double-pun sentiment!

Okay, one more card using my Silhouette Portrait – this time using it for cutting!

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I cut the “333” (Impact font) from a piece of the pattern paper and also from a piece of black card stock, and glued those together to create an offset shadow, and glued those directly to a white card base. I mounted the ephemera Devil Ghoul-ette with some foam tape on top of the numbers and added a few Nuvo Drops for some shine. I was still looking for a pop of color so I stamped the bow from the stamp set, colored that with my Zigg Clean Color Real Brush Markers and used the included die to cut it out. The white outline around the bow wasn’t working on this image so I went ahead and fussy-cut the bow right to the stamped edges and added that to her hair with a spot of foam tape. Some Stardust glitter pen on the skull and now we’ve got a nice pop of color on the front of this card. IMG_5358Ok… so… what in world is a “333” sentiment mean? Well, all you have to do is open the card to reveal the joke. That’s right… this Ghoul-ette is only “half-evil” LOL!  This is printed in the Ballerina Script font on the writing surface inside the card. This makes me laugh so hard. I love the nondescript numbers on the front and the final reveal when the card is opened. I think most of us would agree that we are all only half-evil..!!! Still makes me giggle just writing about it!!

I haven’t used that large “Spooky” sentiment from the stamp set yet, and I thought that since it was so large, it might make a nice background stamp.

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Oh, yes!! I stamped that “Spooky” sentiment multiple times on the black card base with VersaMark ink and embossed it with Ranger Clear embossing powder for a really nice, shiny, tone-on tone look for the background on this card. I added double rows of the Lilac mirror peel-offs to opposite corners of the card front for a sort of ‘partial frame’ effect (you’ve seen me do that before) and that adds a lot of shine to this card. I stamped the bottles from the stamp set and colored them with my Zigg markers before die-cutting them out with the included die. I glued those bottles to the hands of the ephemera ghost and used foam tape to mount this image to the card front. Of course the “I’m just here for the BOOS” sentiment (Brady Bunch Remastered font) is so completely apropos, that I couldn’t resist! And when I saw the bottle stamp included with the stamp set I knew this card was in my future!! IMG_5360LOL! I did take the time to finish out this card with the “happy halloween” stamp on the inside writing surface, and once again, I love the pop of color that the green bottles add to the front of this card! I guess I’m getting a little tired of all the soft pinks, lilacs and grays that comprise most of the color palette in this kit.

Okay then… let’s do some COLOR! I stamped the Ghoul-ette stamps from the kit on my Bristol smooth card stock and went at them with my Zigg watercolor markers.

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I was really itching to color the devil Ghoul-ette in reds, and red, violet and yellow-green are split complimentary colors, so that’s the route I took coloring these stamps. Of course I was planning on using them all together on one card so I thought I could get away with such a radical color intervention here! LOL!

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On the Posy card base, I paired the pink ‘terrazzo tile’ pattern paper and the soft pink cobweb pattern paper to make my background. I used the Lilac mirror peel-offs to lay out a bit of a perspective tile pattern on the ‘floor’. I though that was really interesting!  I checked our hallways here in our building, and the terrazzo floors here have metal ‘grout lines’ between the pieces of tile so the mirror peel-offs were perfect! I think of this as my ‘disco’ floor! I trimmed the background to size (WHAT!? no stitched rectangle die???!!!) and added a thin black mat before gluing the background to the card base. Then it was a simple matter of arranging our three Ghoul-ettes on the card front. I decided to bring in the large ephemera skull to give the small Bat someplace to stand so she wouldn’t get lost in the background. Everything is mounted to the card front using foam tape and you have to open the card to see my favorite pun of the month!

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Oh, heavens this one makes me laugh and laugh and laugh…! What a delightful pun!! And I think it’s ultra perfect this month since all of our images are girls!! This is printed in the Black jack font again – I went back and forth between this font and the Ballerina Script font in an effort to emulate the font of the stamp set – I think the Ballerina font is closest to matching, but I didn’t like the lower-case ‘w’ so I used the Black Jack font for my sentiments that had a ‘w’! Makes perfect logical sense, right??!!! LOL!!!

And that brings us to my last card of the month!

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Color junkie that I am, I really liked the Pumpkin Pie embossed cobweb I created earlier. That embossing powder was included with the Love From Lizi October 2017 card kit and it worked so well on this spider web. Nice glitter in that embossing powder! I dug around in my leftovers from that month and found a piece of the Burnt Orange specialty card stock that matched the embossing powder perfectly! (natch!) That inspired a little interactive card for you all!

Needless to say, this cards thrills me to no end!! This is the very same technique I used for my “Swinging Girl Card” from a couple of months ago. I didn’t fuss with the thin card stock spacers on this card and instead opted for foam tape as the spacer between the card front and the Lilac card base. I die-cut the cobweb with a stitched rectangle die and matted that on a piece of that Burnt Orange specialty card stock and then drew a line with my Emboss It pen on a scrap of black card stock and embossed that with more Pumpkin Pie embossing powder and fussy cut it out to use as my swinging web strand. IMG_5365 I did spend a little time coloring up the wood-veneer spider from the kit using my Spectrum Noir Alcohol Markers on her bow and then topping the bow and eyes with my orange Sakura Glaze Pen for a touch of shine. Some white gel pen for the bottom of her eyes really makes them pop and I used my Stardust gel pen on the skull in the center of the bow and a spot of red glaze pen on her lips. I think those glaze / gel pens work really well on these wood-veneer pieces and adds a little touch of shine as well.

I really didn’t want to cover up any more of that cool orange cobweb with my sentiment and thought it would be a blast to hide the sentiment behind the spider so she reveals the complete phrase only when she swings back and forth. I got the biggest kick out of that!!

I created the “CREEPIN’ IT REAL” sentiment on my Silhouette using the Taco Modern font and sized it to work with my Darice Banner die. I chose to print that on some photo paper for the extra bright colors and some really nice shine, and was pleased to get a really good match with the orange! I outlined the banner die-cut sentiment with some thin Lilac mirror peel-offs and that was the perfect touch to really highlight the sentiment. I did of course complete this card with the “happy halloween” stamp on the inside writing surface. IMG_5367I love the classic orange and purple Halloween colors on this card, but I do have a little bit of a bone to pick here. Spiders have 8 legs. Bugs have 6 legs. I guess that’s being really picky…  LOL!! Ultimately, it doesn’t detract from my overall enjoyment of this card!   I’m just sayin’…!!  LOL!

That completes my 10 Cards 1 Kit collection featuring the Love From Lizi September Super Card Kit. I did manage to use every stamp in this stamp set, I used two of the wood veneer die cuts, 5 pieces of ephemera, and 8 Ghoul-ettes! I didn’t get to any of the ribbon this month… I think I must have been so enamored with the spool that the ribbons came on that I didn’t want to disturb it!! LOL!! Even though every card here has ‘eyelashes’ somewhere, and even though this is an extremely feminine kit, as a whole, I think this collection of cards feels more Halloween-y to me than girly! I really enjoyed all the puns this month and hope you get a kick out of them too!

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