Hello Folks! Scott here with my 10 cards featuring the Love From Lizi December 2018 Card Kit. We have blown past the holidays and into an early dream of spring with this kit featuring butterflies and flowers in a soft palette. This kit HAS SOLD OUT at lovefromlizi. If you want to guarantee you don’t miss out on any of the fun, become a subscriber and enjoy some terrific perks! If you go shopping at LFL please use my link: http://bit.ly/LFLlink ! As usual, I did cut all the card stock included in the kit down to A4 card bases, (4.25″ x 5.5″) substituting my own 110# white card stock for the smooth white alcohol-marker-friendly card stock included in the kit.
For some reason, as I sat down to work with this kit, my eyes went to the two puffy bird stickers on the top of the sticker sheet. Looks like a (brightly colored) male and a (drab colored) female – and that “thinking of you” sticker is right there too! I thought this would be a smooth and easy introduction to this kit.
On the Smoky Grey card base, I added a 2.25″ strip of that interestingly striped pattern paper, and glued two strips of the ivory lace ribbon to the top and bottom. I used my Multi Media Matte to glue the trim down – paying extra attention to the ends to prevent fraying at the edges of the card. Then it was a simple matter of powdering the back of the puffy stickers and mounting them to the card front with foam tape. They are kind of ‘perched’ on the stripes of the pattern paper, and appear to be looking at each other! I added one of the purple heart buttons and some Nuvo Drops on the right for a little shine and a touch more dimension. Needless to say, that lace trim adds a ton of texture to this card and everything matches up quite nicely. Easy enough!
I still feel like I’m just starting to get familiar with this kit and remember seeing Lizi stamp and emboss directly on one of her doilies with her 10 cards, so I wanted to see what that would happen if I used the Wilted Violet Distress Oxide ink to stamp a doily.
I thought that color went with well with the heart buttons and I really like how the stamping highlights the texture of the doily. I glued two doilies together for a little added stiffness, and foam taped them to a 3.5″ circle die cut from one of the pink pattern papers, and them foam taped that assembly to the front of the Vanilla Ivory card base. The “Have a beautiful day” sentiment inspired me here, so I used the small bunting banners and a variety of the heart buttons to create the suggestion of a sunburst. That added some texture and a lot of shine to the front of this card! For a final touch, I added some Nuvo Drops on the doily itself to bring everything together. More purple than pink, I think the vanilla card base mellows everything out, and these sentiments are lovely!
Now, most everybody knows I’m not a big fan of pink… and Lizi likes to tease me about it as much as possible. Since this kit had a fair amount of pink, I thought I should pay tribute to that fact, throw caution to the wind, and do an all out “YES, this is PINK” card!
I was a little bit enamored with this spot gloss pattern paper but thought that I could tone down the pink just a little bit. So I trimmed the dark pink panels off and used only the light pink panels for this card. I also reached for the pattern paper that has the identical chevron trim in more of a brownish / burgundy color and trimmed a few strips away to use in place of the pink chevron strips. I think this worked very nicely! It looks like a normal piece of pattern paper and it still boasts its pink-ness without screaming about it out loud! I matted that assembled pattern paper to a piece of the plain pink pattern paper and then to a thin mat of the brownish / burgundy pattern paper to match the chevron trim. I colored a piece of the white lace trim with a PL1 Spectrum Noir alcohol marker to match the sentiment sticker, and glued that to the top and bottom edges of the card front before attaching it all down to a white card base. Again, I powdered the puffy stickers to remove the adhesive and attached them to the card front with foam tape. Finally, I used three of the paper flowers from our embellishment pack for a small arrangement on the top right of the sentiment, and here we have a VERY pink card that I actually enjoy a lot! I think finding the PL1 alcohol marker that matched the sentiment was the shining moment that actually brought this whole card together! And isn’t that a butterfly on there too!! LOL!!
It’s not that I don’t like butterflies. Of course I like butterflies! I just happen to think that they are a tad over-used as a decorative element. Truly, I think I have been lucky that this is the first stamp set I have received in a kit that features a butterfly stamp set. I believe I finished my ‘Year with Simon Says Stamp” just before they featured a butterfly stamp set in their kit! I was pleased to find that the butterfly stamps in this kit are quite nice!
This is my “No, it’s NOT pink, it’s BLUE” card! LOL!! I started by using the stencil included in our kit to do some light ink blending on the three large butterflies with Hero Arts Soft Sky ink on some plain white card stock. That Soft Sky ink is a good match to the soft blues in this kit! I then completed the butterflies using the stamps and VersaFine Onyx Black ink and then fussy cut all three. On the other Vanilla Ivory card base, I attached a background panel of the glittery blue flower pattern paper and outlined that with the thin Sky Blue Mirror peel offs. I added a 1.5″ strip of the blue textured pattern paper to the left and edged that with the medium peel offs.
I decided to try stamping this sentiment directly on the pattern paper background, using Onyx Black ink. That worked well, but I did have to go in with a permanent black marker to fill in the ink over the glitter portions. Maybe StazOn black ink would cover the glitter better but I just reached for a sharpie to fill in the glitter sections. That worked very well and I like the sentiment stamped directly on the pattern paper. That gives these three butterflies the chance to really shine by giving their wings a slight fold and gluing their bodies to the card front. I did stamp the antennae from the butterfly body stamps on the blue pattern paper so I didn’t have to try and fussy cut their antennae! There is a little Spectrum Noir glitter pen on the butterflies and I added three of the pearl embellishments to the top right for some balance and texture. No pink at all here, and I really like these three large butterfly stamps. Nicely detailed and perfectly sized to work with the stencil included in the kit as well. Not a lot of room for ink blending with these stamps, but I am looking forward to coloring some of these butterflies!
Pinks and purples, blues and butterflies, let’s see about a masculine card from this kit…
A plaid pattern paper almost always feels pretty macho, even when there is pink in the plaid! Using a Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangle die, I cut out a piece of the plaid spot gloss pattern paper with the plaid pattern carefully centered. I decide to camouflage the very pink stripes with thin 1/8″ strips of the gold satin mirror specialty card stock, and added a eighth-inch mat of the gold behind the plaid before attaching the background to the Forest Green card base. I stamped and embossed the sentiment on a scrap of my Staples Ivory card stock using Iced Spruce Distress Oxide ink and some Ranger clear embossing powder. That’s a pretty good match to the grey-greens on the pattern paper. I cut the sentiment out with one of my Darice Square Nesting dies, did some light ink blending around the edges with some Antique Linen Distress Ink, and then added a 1/8″ mat around the sentiment before foam taping that piece to the card front. I think we can call this a resounding success in my effort to butch-up this card kit a little bit! Fairly simple, but enough satin shine and spot gloss to make it a little special without adding any frills!
OKAY! Enough with obsessing over the themes in this set – let’s just have some fun!
Now this feels like a Scott Card! LOL!! I stamped five of the butterfly stamps using Onyx Black ink on some Bristol smooth card stock and colored them using my Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers. YAY! These are really nice stamps and, as far as I’m concerned, are kind of begging to be colored! I die cut the stamped card with a LFSRD and added a Silver Satin Mirror mat behind that, and attached all to a Forest Green card base. I colored a scrap of card with the same Cobalt Blue brush marker and die cut the “thank you” sentiment from that and from another piece of plain white card. I glued them both together for a touch of dimension, and then directly to the card front. A few sequins from the sequin mix add a little sparkle and what a nice Thank You card! This card makes me happy, and I am quite sure that “thank you” die will come in very handy over the years!
Now I have effectively used all the stamps in this stamp set. Okay, I didn’t use every little butterfly body but I’ve used all three sentiments and all six butterflies. Now for more!!
For this next card, I fussy cut the edges on the butterfly (or are those moths? LOL!) pattern paper creating a 2.125″ center panel with cut edges. I glued a 4″ x 5.5″ panel of the grey-blue polka-dot pattern paper to a white card base and added the butterfly panel to the center with some foam tape. I turned to my Silhouette Software to print this sentiment on a piece of the same polka-dot pattern paper using the Noteworthy font and the Sign Painter font and then die cut that with my Spellbinders Deckled rectangle die. I did cut two more of deckled rectangles from white card to glue together with the sentiment for a chip board feel and then mounted that to the card front with foam tape. The small pearl embellishments highlight the center polka-dots on both sides of the background and add a little bit of shine. I think this sentiment is perfectly in line with the theme of this kit and I love that it alludes to the metamorphosis of butterflies (or moths!) or US! LOL!
I’ve got a couple more sentiments up my sleeve, and we haven’t played with the embossing powder included in our kit yet, so let’s have at it!
I know Lizi calls this her Ivory Pearl embossing powder, but on this Smoky Grey card base it looks like a wonderfully soft, almost translucent gold. I stamped the two largest butterfly stamps in an easy arc over the top of this card base using VersaMark ink and embossed them with the Ivory Pearl powder. Following along with the ‘encouragement’ theme in this kit, I again went to my Silhouette Software to print this sentiment on a piece of the grey-blue pattern paper in the Rockwell font and the Ballerina Script font. I die-cut that piece with a stitched circle die and traced around the die with my EmbossIt pen to add that same embossing around the sentiment. I glued the sentiment directly to the card base – that gives us a one-layer card with a perfect sentiment for many occasions. I did take the time to do one more embossed butterfly on the inside writing surface of this card. The embossing powder is a little more Ivory-ish on a lighter card stock but still has lovely hints of soft gold…! So very pretty! I have to see what that looks like on some black card stock!
Success! I used my deco-foil Transfer Gel with the stencil in the kit, and was pleased to get a pretty darn smooth application on this white card base. After pulling this out of the laminator and jumping for joy, I just couldn’t bring myself to add anything else to these butterfly wings… I just knew I would screw this up if I tried to stamp anything on top! I decided on this simple sentiment and used my Silhouette software to print this on a black background using the BlackJack font. That sentiment banner is trimmed down to 1″ wide, sprayed with some Sheer Shimmer Spritz spray and mounted to the card front with foam tape. Enough said! I LOVE this card! That stencil should work well with all kinds of embellishment mousses and glitter pastes… endless possibilities!
Which brings us to our last card of the month! A huge shout out goes out to one of my subscribers (HELLO, KATE!) who, after seeing my two light-up cards using the ChibiTronic LEDs sent me a huge batch of multi-colored LED’s that work with a 3v button battery. A bit thicker than the Chibi lights, they work just as well and are MILES cheaper!
I took a 4.25″ x 5.5″ piece of the green textured card stock and traced the stencil of this butterfly on the center top and used my craft knife to cut it out. I did the same with a piece of black card stock matching the opening and edges. I stamped the butterfly on a piece of vellum (two or three times) using StazOn ink to get as dark a stamping as possible (I don’t have any black embossing powder). I did stamp and clear emboss one of the butterfly bodies on the pattern paper between the wings and made the body a little longer so the antennae would really show up. I used my Silhouette software again to print “light up my life” in the Bradley Hand font on the pattern paper to go along with the “you” die cut from a Lawn Fawn Scripty Borders thank you die (2 pieces glued together) in white.
Once the stamping was dry, I glued the stamped vellum behind the opening on the pattern paper and glued a piece of transparent yellow glassine on top of the black card stock. Then I glued both of those pieces together making sure to line up the openings and the edges. I trimmed that double piece down to 4″ x 5.25″ to leave a little bit of the card base exposed around the edges. I also stamped the “press here” from the MFT Interactive Labels stamp set and white embossed that at the appropriate location on the front.
These normal LEDs wire up the same way as the Chibi stickers – you just have to make sure you match the polarity and make the contact between your copper tape and the LED leads on TOP of the tape because the adhesive side of the tape does not conduct current well enough. I did do a little practice run on a scrap of card stock to make sure these little lights would work and sure enough… seems every bit as good as those Chibi lights! After wiring the card base, I attached the card front using a double thickness of foam tape.
Well..!!! I think that works great!! This simple card is extremely nice, clean, sharp and understated until you ‘press here’ and reveal the light! Really a bit of a surprise! I LOVE IT! Beware…! I have stocked up on some 3v button batteries and with all the LEDs Kate treated me to, I see a long series of light-up cards in my future..!! LOL!!
That wraps up my 10 assorted cards with the Love From Lizi December ’18 Card Kit.
I grew to really like the stamps and stencil in this kit as I worked with them, and am quite pleased with the variety of cards I managed to pull together. I did use all of the stamps in the stamp set (minus a couple bodies) and I believe I used a little bit of everything in our embellishments bag. I think the ‘with love” die was the only item I didn’t use on these 10 cards! Of course I have bunches of everything left over – five full sheets of the specialty pattern papers but only two full sheets of the double-sided pattern papers – that means I used pieces from 9 different pattern papers. It’s always the best feeling to finish up a batch of cards and then realize that you have enough left over to make a whole new batch! Of course, I file everything away in my stash for use whenever and wherever the spirit strikes me!
This kit HAS SOLD OUT at lovefromlizi.com. If you want to guarantee you don’t miss out on any of the fun, become a subscriber and enjoy some terrific perks! If you go shopping at LFL please use my link: http://bit.ly/LFLlink !
Thank you SO MUCH for sharing your time with me here! I want to wish you and yours and everyone you care for a happy, healthy and safe holiday season. Please share this post with all who might be interested, list me, like me, pin me, post me, share me with all of your friends – don’t run with scissors! – and – HAPPY CRAFTING!!!