10 Cards 1 Kit | My Monthly Hero October 2020 Kit

Hello Folks! Scott here with my 10 cards inspired by the My Monthly Hero October 2020 Kit. This month we have a Christmas kit featuring the Folk Art of Scandinavia!

Our 6″ x 8″ stamp set features a large ornament stamp and lots of icons perfect for creating patterns and scenes and 10 sentiments. We also get 12 coordinating frame cuts, one Ornament Shape die, and two Inner Ornament dies. We do get some extras this month including a new Watermark and Embossing ink cube and three embossing powders in Red, Glacial Blue and White Sparkle. Lots of supplies to kick start our Holiday card making!

I reached for the large ornament stamp to start off my exploration of this month’s kit.

This card is relentlessly cheery and oh, so, Christmasy! I was originally looking to make this a one layer card but ended up with a little more dimension than I intended. I stamped the ornament with the embossing ink and used the Glacier Blue embossing powder to create this shiny blue ornament. I die-cut a piece of Inkadinkado stamping mask paper with the matching ornament die, laid it over the embossing and stamped the striped background using a Love From Lizi Candy Stripe Background stamp and Fired Brick Distress Oxide ink. I stamped and embossed the sentiment in the center of the ornament with the Red embossing powder, and added a Glacier Blue ‘star’ on the right.

I was particularly pleased to discover that the two Inner Ornament dies would create this fun trim around the open part of the ornament. Pretty easy to line up if you start with the smooth oval die and then cut the scalloped die around the oval. I cut this trim piece from a piece of scrap card stock colored with Mermaid Lagoon Distress Oxide ink and glued it to the ornament. I trimmed the stamped panel to 4″ x 5.1/4″, glued that to a thin Dark Red mat and then down to a white card base. I embossed the two birds on the same red card stock using the White Sparkle embossing powder, die-cut them with the matching dies, and added them to the card with some foam tape. A double bow tied with some red and white bakers twine adds just the right finishing touch. The Mermaid Lagoon Distress Oxide ink goes quite well with the Glacier Blue embossing powder! Nothing quite like a red and white candy-stripe background to make a truly cheerful holiday card!

Other than the ornament stamp, I was really thrilled with the Santa and reindeer stamp!

I ink blended Mermaid Lagoon and Faded Jeans Distress Oxide ink on some white card stock, and trimmed that down to 1.3/4″ x 5.1/2″. I stamped Santa using VersaFine Onyx Black ink and embossed that with some clear embossing powder. The HO HO HO is embossed on that panel with the White Sparkle embossing Powder. I glued that stamped panel to the center of a white card base and lined the edges with some Love From Lizi Black Glitter peel off stickers. The other two sentiments are stamped with VersaFine ink and embossed with clear embossing powder. Some tiny stars added with a white gel pen finish out this simple scene. I really like the ink blended background and simple graphics on this! I just might start using Mermaid Lagoon more often for my skies!

I did spend some time doing a little research on Scandinavian Folk Art, and was very interested to learn that it is fairly simple, and very graphic, with lots of symbols and icons often arranged in mirror-image patterns. Now I understand all the small icon stamps!

I came up with this nice arrangement featuring the three deer stamps and embossed all on some light blue card stock with the White Sparkle embossing powder. I really like that embossing powder – really good coverage with plenty of glittery sparkle. I trimmed the stamped panel to 2.3/4″ x 3.1/2″ and glued that to a thin black mat and then to a white card base. The sentiment is stamped with VersaFine Onyx Black ink and embossed with clear embossing powder. I thought the light blue (and non-denominational sentiment) would make this card perfect for Hanukkah – and I seem to remember seeing a lot of blues in my Scandinavian Folk Art research!

I was so taken with this little arrangement that I decided to expand on that same design.

These three just happened to fit perfectly on a 4″ x 9″ slim line card! Dark Red, the same light Blue, and Dark Green card stocks all embossed with more of that terrific White Sparkle embossing powder. Thin black mats behind each, and then down to a white card base. That gives us this fun triptych holiday card. I didn’t want to cover any of this with a sentiment so I stamped that on the inside of the card.

The sentiment is stamped with VersaFine Onyx Black ink and I added a thin strip of the blue card stock to anchor that sentiment on the left of the inside. This card feels very Scandinavian to me… the repetitive pattern with the deer and trees, snowflakes and a gift.

Let’s tackle those Ornament dies now… it’s been a while since I did a shaker card…!

I die-cut the ornament die with the oval cut-out from a piece of dark blue glitter fun foam and glued a piece of acetate to the back of that. I added two more die-cut plain blue pieces of fun foam behind the acetate. I cut the top of the ornament die from some silver glitter foam and hand cut the scalloped edge for the ornament topper. I die-cut another scallop trim piece from Mermaid Lagoon colored card stock and glued that around the opening. For the back of the shaker, I took a die cut oval and gave it a quick spritz with some Mermaid Lagoon Distress Oxide spray.

I dry embossed a piece of white card stock with an old Darice snowflake embossing folder, and trimmed that to 4″ x 5.1/4″ before glueing it to a thin mat of Gina K Designs Blue Raspberry card stock and down to a white card base. I tied a short piece of blue ribbon through the ornament topper, glued my inked oval to the card front, placed some blue gems and white snowflake confetti on the oval and glued the ornament over the top. The sentiment is embossed with Glacier Blue embossing powder on a scrap of white card stock and die cut with a Lawn Fawn Everyday Sentiment banners die and mounted to the card front with foam tape. This is a fun shaker card and could be easily adapted to an actual shaker ornament! And still non-denominational too!

I wanted to play with those ornament dies and try using them on a slim line card with a little less dimension.

I originally thought about lining these three ornaments up on a landscape card but after some fiddling around thought they would work better in portrait mode! I die cut three ornaments with the oval cut-out from some Gold card stock and the topper portion from some silver card stock. The red ornament is the same background pattern used on cards 3 and 4, and I had two more of the same pattern on a plain red card stock that I initially put in the top and bottom ornament… turns out I didn’t care for that very much, so I took some Auburn Pearl card stock and embossed the double deer and star with the Red embossing powder. Love how dark the card stock made that Red embossing powder!

I cut a piece of dark green card stock to 3.1/2″ x 8.1/2″, glued that to an Auburn Pearl mat. I attached some gold cord to the bottom two ornaments and glued all three to the panel. I also cut three scalloped trim pieces from the Auburn Pearl card stock and added those around the ornament ovals. I wrapped the cords over the top of the panel, trimmed off the overhanging ornament bits and glued all down to a 4″ x 9″ card base. I embossed the sentiment with plain White embossing powder, and added the snow with some gel pens. This is really an impressive card! I’ve done a vertical slim line card before (LFL March ’19 kit) but I think the large ornaments really make this stand out! That’s 2 slim line cards!

I was playing around with some of the small stamps in our kit, trying to come up with some kind of pattern that would be large enough to use as a background, when I got the idea to create a homemade turnabout stamp using our small stamps. That should cover a lot of real estate!

This is the pattern I came up with using 15 of the small stamps in our kit. This is set up on a 5.1/2″ square piece of card stock. The idea behind turnabout stamps is you stamp this pattern on a piece of 5.1/2″ square card stock, rotate your card stock 90 degrees, stamp again with another color, rotate the card stock another 90 degrees, stamp a third color, and then rotate your card stock square one more time and stamp the fourth color. This is what I got using this pattern:

This is stamped with Fired Brick, Broken China, Fossilized Amber and Evergreen Bough Distress Oxide inks. I also stamped one using Hero Hues Reactive inks in Blue Hawaii, Splash, Pool Party, and Blue Raspberry – all different blues, and I did one stamping using only Splash Reactive ink and one using only Fired Brick and Evergreen Bough. I am totally into this design – it feels VERY Scandinavian to me – I can’t wait to make these panels into cards. You can download my pattern for this turnabout stamp right here:

I started with the pattern stamped in the HA blue inks and came up with another Santa.

I die-cut the patterned background with a Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangle die and matted that on a piece of blue card stock and glued this to a white card base. I stamped the sentiment and Santa on white card stock using Blue Hawaii Reactive ink and embossed it with some clear embossing powder. I die-cut the stamped piece with another LFSRD and added a blue mat behind that and mounted it to the card front with foam tape. I guess I’m really getting into the blues with this kit! I do think blue is a great color for Christmas – everything doesn’t have to be red and green!

More Blue to come! I figured if this was a Scandinavian Folk Art Christmas kit, then maybe we should try saying Merry Christmas to the Scandinavians!

This one uses the Splash ink background and is die-cut with a smaller LFSRD with the pattern running straight up and down instead of diagonally. That’s glued to a blue foam glitter mat cut with another LFSRD, and then down to the white card base. GOD YUL (goad yuul is a good approximation of how to say it) is die cut from the same glitter foam using the Lawn Fawn Quinn’s Capital ABCs dies and glued in the center of the card front. I know I’m getting carried away with the blue here, but I love this card! The turnabout stamp works great straight up and down, and the sentiment fits so well in the center!

Okay… enough with the blue!! Let’s use the four-color background stamp!

This one I die-cut (LFSRD) off-center so as to include the far right edge of the pattern on a standard A2 card. I found the perfect green mirror color in the Tim Holtz Metallic Confections Kraft-stock pad. I matted the stamped background to a thin mat of that mirror card stock, and down to the white card base. I die cut the Happy Christmas using a die from the Crafter’s Companion 2019 Advent Calendar (Thank You Lisa!) and layered that with three white die cuts for a thick dimensional sentiment. I die-cut a piece of heavy weight vellum with the scallop die and another scallop trim piece from the green metallic card stock, and glued those together and down to the card front. Finally I glued the chunky sentiment on top of the vellum. Here’s another card that feels like I picked it up at a street fair in Oslo! I’m loving my turnabout pattern!

I have one more sentiment from our stamp set to use, and it’s perfect for my red and green turnabout pattern.

AND I made it a square card too! I wanted one card that utilized my entire turnabout stamp pattern! I trimmed that down to 5″ x 5″ which still keeps all the images intact! I stamped the sentiment on a long piece of 1″ wide vellum with VersaFine ink and embossed that with some clear embossing powder. I wrapped the vellum around the center of the stamped panel and attached the ends on the back. Then I matted that on thin black, dark red and dark green mats, and then down to a 5.1/2″ x 5.1/2″ card base. I so very rarely make a square card, and this seemed like the perfect opportunity to do so! The red and green are very Christmas-y and the Folk Art pattern plays well with this sentiment. I hope I was able to show you a number of options for using this turnabout pattern as a background for cards made using this kit!

I had a few ornament die cuts left over, and thought they would make perfect picture ornaments for family and friends this year.

I die-cut the ornament with the scallop die three times, and the photo (and a backing) with the oval die. Some invisible thread suspends the photo panel in the center, some gold cord for a hanger, and brown satin ribbon for a bow and you have a beautiful Christmas ornament to commemorate a special occasion or just mark the passage of the year! This ornament is light and airy and the photo spins all they way around – use TWO photos!

That wraps up my 10 Cards 1 Kit post inspired by the My Monthly Hero October 2020 Kit! I did manage to use every single stamp in the stamp set this month! WOO-HOO!

WOW! What a unique assortment of holiday cards! Two slim line cards, one square card, a shaker card, and a terrific photo ornament! I really love the GOD YUL card, and the Santa flying through the sky card, and the candy stripe card, the shaker card, and both the slim line cards… Let me know which card(s) are your favorite! I really like all the ornament dies in this kit, and the embossing powders are terrific – especially that White Sparkle embossing powder. Though it’s not even Halloween yet, this kit definitely puts me in the mood for Christmas!

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10 Cards 1 Kit | Love From Lizi October 2020 “Happiness is Homemade” Card Kit + MORE!

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Hello Folks! Scott here with my 10 cards (and more!) inspired by the Love From Lizi October 2020 Card Kit. We’re in the kitchen this month and cooking up some fun cards and greetings just in time for the biggest food day of the year – Thanksgiving!

You know I’m a big fan of red, so I thought the color palette for this kit is great fun. I did take the 5 sheets of card stock included, and made my ten card bases.

Red card base, two red pattern papers, two ephemera pieces, one sticker and a stamp make this almost pun-y card! The background is pattern paper die-cut with a Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangle die and glued to a thin white mat and then down to the card base. The red and white tablecloth piece is cut to 1.3/8″ x 5″, glued to the background and outlined with some of the Strawberry Glitter peel off stickers. I stamped the sentiment using VersaMark ink and embossed that with some white embossing powder.

The honey (sticker) is glued flat to the card front and the knife and bread (ephemera) are mounted with foam tape. I used the teapot die to cut these small hearts from some scraps of white glitter paper I colored with my Spectrum Noir markers to match the honey pot. You know I can’t resist illustrating a sentiment whenever I can. I totally love this card!

We had a bunch of ‘recipe cards’ in our pattern papers this month, so I thought I would see if I could use one of those for the background on a card.

Makes for a perfectly appropriate background for this card! I added some of the matching pattern paper to the bottom of this recipe card (although the pattern is bigger, it still works well) and trimmed them down to 4″ x 5.1/4″. I glued those to a thin black mat and then down to the Sunburst Yellow card base. I stamped the sentiment using VersaFine Onyx Black ink and embossed that with some clear embossing powder. The flour sack ephemera is glued to the card front and the bowl, sugar, and recipe box (all ephemera) are attached with foam tape. An extra glitter heart below the sentiment finishes this card and adds a little spot of glitter. This card certainly radiates happiness!

On of my favorite pattern papers in this kit is that black and white animals and vegetables paper – I though I could pair that up with the terrific quote from Julia Child.

I die-cut the pattern paper with a LFSRD and glued that to a thin red mat and then down to the Grey card base. The red pattern paper is cut to 1.3/4″ x 3.3/8″ and the corners are chopped out with a 1/4″ hole punch and then glued to a thin white mat, and those are glued flat to the center of the card front. I mounted the ephemera sentiment with foam tape and added the two vegetable stickers with more of the same. This card strikes me as a perfect thank you card for your Thanksgiving dinner hosts! LOVE this one too!

Ans here we go with a bunch of ‘bake’ puns! Some of these are actually part of the kit!

Once again, the blue background pattern paper is die-cut with a LFSRD, glued to a thin white mat and then down to the Soft Pink card base. The sentiment square is cut from the 2′ x 2″ cut apart sheet and given a thin white mat as well before being foam taped to the card front. The mixer and bowls (ephemera) are glued together and mounted with foam tape. A few pink sequins add a touch of shine to this straight-forward card. Don’t worry… I’ve got some more pink for you this month! Great card for your favorite baker!

This pun is actually in our stamp set! Certainly topical this time of year (this whole year!)

Background pattern paper cut with a LFSRD, glued to a dark grey mat and down to a Pale Blue card base. Sentiment stamped with VersaFine Onyx Black ink. I fussy-cut the stove from the large side of the pattern papers (I just eliminated the upper portion so it would fit on a card). The tea pot was a little extra fussy…! There is more here than meets the eye. The handle and towel on the oven appears dimensional… can you open it?

Surprise! This is a little globe image from my files, printed, fussy-cut and mounted with some foam tape. I fussy-cut the oven door and added some grey card stock to the back which continues to the back of the oven and is glued flat to the card front. The oven is mounted with foam tape and some sequins (on the tea pot too!) add sparkle and shine! I’m not sure if this is some kind of double-entendre about global warming or just a playful image to go along with this pun-y sentiment! Fun interactive card!

I was starting to worry that I would run out of pattern papers, so I thought I’d use another recipe card for my next card.

This one’s MY pun! LOL! I trimmed this recipe card down to 4″ x 5.1/2″ and scribbled in some ingredients from Grandma Fortner, and ink blended lots of Frayed Burlap Distress Oxide ink on all the edges… this is an old one from Granny! I printed this sentiment on the pattern paper using my Silhouette Software and the Smoothie Shoppe font, and the glued it directly to the second Sunshine Yellow card base.

I fussy-cut the pie from the tag cut apart sheet (it’s the biggest pie in the kit) and glued it to a scrap of white card stock and then fussy cut that to echo the border on the ephemera oven mitt. I glued them both together and added them to the card front with foam tape. I added some Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pen to the heart on the pie and topped that off with some Nuvo Crystal Drops in Morning Dew for some dimension and shine, and added a few gold sequins to wrap up my big pun for the month!

Okay… here it comes… for all you pink fans out there… This one’s for you!

Another great pun from our tag cut apart sheet! At first I dismissed this cut apart because it was pink… but the sentiment won me over! There’s not much in the way of pink pattern paper in this kit, so I grabbed the Love From Lizi Candy Stripe Background Stamp and used some Worn Lipstick Distress Oxide ink to stamp directly on my Soft Pink card base. I cut out the tag and glued it to a mat of Black Tie glitter card stock, punched out the hole and added a bit of the Charcoal ribbon.

I paired that with one of the wood veneer die cuts that I colored with Frayed Burlap and Walnut Stain Distress Oxide inks. I die-cut the medium heart die from more Black Tie card stock, glued that to the stained tag, added another spot of Charcoal ribbon, and glued that to the card front. A few red sequins bring a pop of color and shine, and I actually like this card a lot! This would make for a great Valentine for the pancake-maker in your life!

There is another sentiment in our ephemera pack that really caught my eye…

Here’s another birthday card for “those of a certain age”! A 1.1/2″ strip of that tablecloth pattern paper is glued to the center of the Grey card base, Strawberry Glitter peel offs line the edges and some of the red satin ribbon adds a little different texture and shine. I took my sparkle pen to the cake on the ephemera piece and added that and the sentiment banner with foam tape. Lots of sparkle on this card, and a wise sentiment as well!

There is one more sentiment stamp I thought would be fun to illustrate for my next card.

The background is a piece of the LFL white card stock in our embellishment bag stamped with a Carta Bella Designer Diamond A2 stamp using Frayed Burlap Distress Oxide ink. I masked off the bottom and ink blended some Walnut Stain distress Oxide ink for the ‘floor’, and die cut that piece with a LFSRD. I glued that to a thin brown mat, and added a quarter inch strip of a lighter brown card stock for the floorboard and glued all down to the Pale Blue card base.

I stamped the sentiment on a scrap of white card sock and used a LFSRD to cut that to size, and then colored in the ‘frame’ with my colored pencils. The stove and heart ephemera pieces, and the sentiment are attached to the card front with foam tape, and I die cut some white glitter hearts using the smallest heart die from our kit, and added them coming out of the tea pot spout with tiny pieces of foam tape. I don’t think I can make cooking more visible on a card that with these ‘boiling steam hearts’. LOL!

I’m a BIG fan of “licking the bowl” so I couldn’t resist using that sticker!

This makes me smile! I printed the Live a Little and Happy Birthday sentiments on another piece of the LFL white card stock from our kit using the Lobster 1.4 font and die-cut that with an old LDRS Fancy Rectangle and Layers die. I die cut the larger layer from pattern paper and a piece of black card stock. I glued those all together using the black piece to add a bit of a drop shadow, and glued them down to the last Red card base. I added the Lick the Bowl and the two small flower stickers with foam tape and finished off this card with some Red Glitter Heart peel offs (from last month’s add on peel off variety pack) to the four corners. If you can’t lick the bowl on your birthday, then something, somewhere, has gone terribly wrong!! I thought this shaped die worked quite well, and seemed very homey to me!

That’s my 10 cards inspired by the Love From Lizi October 2020 Card Kit but there is MORE! My first idea was to make some kind of an art journal using the chipboard pieces for the cover. I looked through my stash for some appropriate art paper to use in the journal and came across a large pad of Strathmore 140# cold press watercolor paper in a 15″ x 22″ pad… That gave me the idea to make an accordion watercolor art journal!

I was going to use the pattern paper from the back of the 2″ x 2″ cut apart sheet, but I had unfortunately cut out one of the tiles (Bake Someone Happy) and that prevented me from using that pattern paper in the right orientation. So I grabbed a piece of pattern paper from my stash for this journal. I cut the pattern paper to 5″ x 7″ so I would have a half of an inch to wrap around the edges.

I took some Aileens Tacky Glue and thinned it down with a little water to a thickness that was easy to spread with a brush. I used a damp stamp cleaner to wet down the front of the pattern paper (helps the glue soak into the paper) and brushed the glue all over the back of the pattern paper. I centered the chipboard piece on the pattern paper and pressed it down. Then I trimmed away the corners. When you trim your corners, you want to stay about an eighth of an inch away from the corner of the chipboard. That will help cover the corners of the chipboard without things getting bulky and wrinkly!

Once your corners are mitered, fold over the flaps on opposite sides and glue them to the back. Press them right up against the sides of the chipboard, and over to the back – try to keep them nice and tight and flat. When you have two sides secured, you can fold over the extra bit of card stock on each corner to cover the chipboard corners – I like to use my bone folder for that. Nice clean corners with little extra bulk! Then you can fold over and glue down the remaining two sides. I like to run my damp shammy over all of the pattern paper – front and back – it will remove any excess glue and help the paper absorb the glue as well. Repeat with another piece of chipboard and pattern paper for the back of the journal. Place those under a couple of heavy books and let them dry thoroughly.

I cut a piece of watercolor paper to 5.1/2″ x 22″ and set about dividing that up for the inside of our art journal. After a little calculating, I scored along the long edge every 3.1/2″. That gave me 6 panels. I did flip the watercolor paper over for each score, so it would fold in an accordion fashion. Then it was an easy matter of gluing the ends of the watercolor panels to the inside of our covers.

I die-cut the word art from a scrap of white card stock colored with my alcohol markers using an Alpha die set from the old LFL Oh, Baby kit and glued that to the front of my Journal. I LOVE THIS ART JOURNAL!!!! I am so surprised that this came together so quickly, and was relatively easy to construct! I just may send this off to Sandy Allnock! I know she loves her art journals and maybe she’ll like the handmade quality of this one too!

Now, Lizi mentioned in her Unboxing that she had done another kitchen/food kit a number of years ago… I remember precisely, because it was the first Love From Lizi Kit that I got to play with – the August 2017 kit. I actually made a little recipe book as an extra project with that kit… maybe that’s what gave Lizi the idea to encourage us to make recipe books with this kit! And she included supplies specifically for that project!

The foiled vellum sentiment, pattern paper, and book plate were all from the LFL 8/17 kit

I wanted to rise to the challenge and make a recipe book using the supplies in this kit.

I used the other 2 pieces of chipboard for the front and back cover of this recipe book. I covered the outsides with the floral pattern paper and the insides with the pattern paper from the back of the 2×2 cut apart sheet. I didn’t wrap the card stock around the chipboard so I colored the edges of the chipboard with an alcohol marker. I glued the pattern papers to both side of the card stock in the same manner as the journal.

I made a little template for the holes in the covers and recipe cards (so they would all match) and punched them out with an eighth inch hole punch. I added grommets to the holes on the chipboard pieces and added some hole reinforcements to the back side of the recipe cards. Then I bound this with two lengths of the teal ribbon tied into bows in case you want to add, subtract or otherwise change the contents. I decorated the front with some ephemera pieces, and I think this is a truly lovely little recipe book. You could fill it out with 10 of your favorite recipes or you could ask the recipient to fill it out with 10 of THEIR favorite recipes and gift it back to you (or whoever they wish!) A re-gift-able gift! Now that’s conservation! I hope some of you try this for yourselves. It is truly rewarding!

That wraps up my 10 cards and two projects using the Love From Lizi October 2020 Card Kit! I enjoyed working with this kit a lot! We have a number of truly useful cards and a couple of terrific presents as well! I used a little bit of everything in this kit and a LOT of some things! This kit is still available on Lizi’s website… If I have managed to capture your imagination, or given you a new idea for some gifts, please use my links when you go shopping with Lizi! It helps support this site and it is always gratefully appreciated!

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Scor-Pal Project • Coffee and Chocolate Gift Boxes

Hello Folks! Scott here with another Scor-Pal project for you… Coffee and Chocolate Gift Boxes! Double yum! The holidays are fast approaching, and these boxes make lovely gifts for your friends, neighbors and co-workers. Who doesn’t like coffee and chocolate!

This month we have two different sizes of coffee pod gift boxes with convenient fold-over lids, and two sizes of chocolate gift boxes with windows showing off delectable treats.

Let’s start with the Coffee Pod Gift Boxes… I have a new template for these right here.

Our template shows two sizes of coffee pod gift boxes – a small one that holds 2 pods and a larger one that holds 4 pods. Let’s start with the smaller one. Our template shows that we need a piece of card stock cut to 9″ x 9″. On one side you score at 1/2″, 2.5″. 6.5″, and 8.5″. Rotate the paper 90 degrees and score in the other direction at 2″, 4″, 6″, and 8″. That should leave you with a 1″ piece of card stock at the end.

Once scored, we need to cut away the sections shown on the template. I’ll just mark these sections on the back of my card stock so I don’t get confused while cutting.

Once all the sections are cut away, your card stock looks like this.

The four outside sections get cut into the tabs that hold our box together. You can cut the tabs with an angle on each side as illustrated in the template, or you can just cut the channel away as we have been doing with our prior box tutorials. I’m having great luck with this terrific tip! I hardly ever have to make any trims or adjustments to my tabs when I simply cut away the score channel.

The template also shows a thumb-notch on the top edge – this makes it easier to open these fold-over tops. I simply mark the center of the 4″ panel that gets the notch, and, punch it out with a 1″ paper punch. I try to stay just shy of the half-way mark. You could use a die to cut this notch or you can draw a half-circle and cut it out by hand. I have always found this 1″ paper punch to be very useful.

We also want to mitre the edges of the 1″ flap that tucks inside and closes the box. I just mark a quarter inch from the edges of the flap and cut straight to the fold line. Do that on both edges of the flap and it will slip in easily to close the box.

Once all your cuts are done we want to start folding this whole piece. Fold every score line to the inside of the box and commit the crease with your Scor-Tool.

Now I’ll do a quick dry-fit of our box – making sure everything will fit together nicely and verifying that no further adjustments need to be made.

Now we can add Scor-Tape to the four tabs. You can add your tape as illustrated on the template, but I like to add my Scor-Tape along the fold of each tab, and then another piece at a right-angle to that one on the outside edge. Exactly the same as we have done on our original single thickness wall boxes.

Burnish your Scor-Tape down with your Scor-Tool and remove the liner paper to assemble the box. Fold the tabs to the inside of your box, line up your edges, and press to adhere. Assembling the box is the best part!

Your tabs on the front of the box will cover over the thumb notch, so you’ll need to re-punch the tabs matching them up with notch we punched earlier.

That takes care of the box, now we need to make the insert. The template says we need a piece of card stock 4.7/8″ x 6.7/8″ to start with, and that gets scored at 1.5″ on all four sides.

The center rectangle is where we’re going to create the holes for the coffee pods. The template calls for a 1.5/8″ circle to be cut. I do not have a die that size… I suppose that could be cut by hand, but I was trying to make this a little simpler. I do have the Hero Arts Nesting Circles Infinity dies and that has a die that measures 1.3/4″ – just an eighth of an inch bigger than required. Let’s use that one!

The Hero Arts die has two things going for it – the cutting line is on the inside edge of the die, and the die itself fits perfectly between our score lines. It’s very easy to line up the edge of the die to the three score lines on either end of the insert, and die cut two perfectly spaces holes. If you have an easy way of cutting a 1.5/8″ circle please let me know!! This method works perfectly well!

Once your holes are cut, we want to cut the tabs on the ends. Notice that the template shows straight cut lines – perfect for our “cut the channel out” method.

And since this insert sits inside the box, I’m not even going to glue the insert together or even glue it inside the box. That way, once the coffee pods are used, the insert can be discarded and the box used for something else!

The insert slips effortlessly inside our assembled box. Just pop a couple of coffee pods inside, and you have a nice little gift or stocking stuffer for any coffee lover on your list. I love giving these treats to co-workers who like coffee – I know we have a pod style coffee maker at work and a specially flavored coffee pod like these Baileys Irish Cream coffee pods makes this treat a little extra special.

Let’s make the large Coffee Pod Box as well! We start with a 12″ x 9″ piece of card stock.

With the 12″ edge at the top of your Scor-Pal, we score at 2″ and 10″. Rotate your card stock to the 9″ side and score at 2″, 4″, 6″, and 8″. That will leave a 1″ piece of card stock at the end – that will become the flap that tucks inside and closes the box.

We’ll cut away the extra pieces as shown on the template, and cut the tabs as well. Again, you can mitre your tabs as shown in the template, but I chose to just cut out the channels to make my four tabs.

There is a notch that needs to be cut right where my finger is pointing. That rectangle piece is 8″ long so I just made a mark at 4″ and used my 1″ circle punch to make the notch.

We also want to mitre the corners on the closing flap. I did that the same way as the small box – marking 1/4″ from the edges and cutting to the score lines.

When everything is cut, we fold along the score lines toward the inside of the box, and commit the creases with your Scor-Tool. A quick dry-fit confirms that everything fits.

Use your Scor-Tape to glue this box together. Exactly the same as the small box. Again, you can place your Scor-Tape where indicated on the template or you can place it on the corners as I like to do.

Now this box doesn’t feel as sturdy as the smaller box, and the lid has a tendency to close further than it needs to. It’s the lack of side flaps on the top that causes this. SO… I cut two pieces of matching card stock to just under 2″ x 1″, and scored along the 1″ side at 1/2″ to create my own flaps.

After I scored those extra pieces (and committed the creases) I used liquid glue to attach them to both sides of the top of the box. The liquid glue gives me a little wiggle room to help in lining up the flaps. The matching pattern paper makes it so you almost can’t tell that these flaps were added. These flaps add a lot of sturdiness to the box, and keeps the lid from going too far when to closes. Now we can make the insert!

The insert starts with a 10.7/8″ x 4.7/8″ piece of card stock scored at 1.1/2″ on all four sides. You can line up your circle die cut on the two ends in exactly the same way we did on the small box. Then it’s fairly simple to line up the other two die-cut circles between the end ones… keep them lined up to the sides of the insert, but there’s a little more wiggle room between the circles.

I find using the die cut so much easier than having to measure exactly where the center of the circles belong – you can see on the left side of the large insert template where the measurements for the circle cut-outs are… yikes… that even intimidates me! It’s a good idea to recommit your creases after running this piece through your die cut machine, and then we cut the tabs, fold the insert together and slide it into the box.

Pop four coffee pods inside, close the lid, and we have another fun treat for any of your over-caffeinated friends and co-workers!

Let’s have some CHOCOLATES!!! I fiddled around with the Scor-Pal template and ended up creating one of my own. Simplified and sized to fit those delectable Ferrero Rocher chocolates, these boxes are assembled exactly the same as our standard single-thickness wall boxes with the exception of a window cut in the top, and an insert to hold the chocolates in place.

We’ll build the small box today. Start with a piece of 6″ x 6″ card stock scored at 1.1/4″ on all four sides. Cut your tabs, commit your creases, add your Scor-Tape and assemble the bottom of the box as usual.

For the top of the box, we cut our card stock to 5.5/8″ x 5.5/8″ and score all four sides at 1″. This will give us a top that is slightly shorter than the bottom so we won’t have to worry about creating any finger notches on the sides. We DO want to cut a window in the middle of this box top. I used a 1.1/2″ square die cut for this.

It is easy to line up the placement of your window, by drawing two lines from the corners of the box top and centering your square die cut on these two lines. Run that through your die-cutting machine and you should get a perfectly placed window in the center of your box top. I erased the left-over pencil lines on the back and ran some 1/8″ Scor-Tape around the opening. A 3″ x 3″ square of acetate covers the window and gets glued down with the Scor-Tape.

Now you can cut your tabs, commit your creases, add your Scor-Tape and assemble the top of the box as usual.

And we turn to the insert of the candy box now. Cut your card stock to 3.7/8″ x 3.7/8″ and score all four sides at 1/4″. Go ahead and commit your creases and that will help place your dies for the openings.

I’m using a 1.1/2″ Hero Arts circle die cut for the openings here. The original template called for 1.1/4″ openings but the Ferrero Rocher chocolates barely fit in a hole that small. Once again, it is easy to line up the die with the corners of the insert and cut the four openings.

You will want to recommit your creases after sending this piece through your die cutting machine, and then cut out your tabs. Since this is only 1/4″ tall I decided to go ahead and glue the tabs to make the box, but I still didn’t glue the insert to the inside. Just offering more options to use this box after the chocolates are gone. This is a lovely chocolate gift box – perfect for the holidays and stocking stuffers, and a great way to economize by buying your chocolates in bulk and dividing them up into small gift boxes!

My template also includes the dimensions to make an eight-piece chocolate gift box, but I won’t go to the trouble of reviewing how that was made. There are however, a couple of things you should take note of. When you cut the window in your top, if you use the same 1.5″ die cut, you will have a little extra card stock left over between the two windows. You can easily cut that away to make the two die-cuts a single window. AND… The insert piece is so long that the center of it has a tendency to sag and lose hold of the chocolates. I added a small square of foam tape (four layers) to the center of the insert to keep the candies in place. Everything else should be exactly the same as the small box!

That completes this Scor-Pal Gift Box tutorial for October. The holidays are right around the corner and it’s never too early to start thinking about small gifts for your neighbors, friends and co-workers made a little more special in a handmade gift box! I think next month we will look at some unique box designs and Hostess Gift Boxes so be sure to join us for that! If you have any special projects you’d like us to tackle, please forward those requests along to me!

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10 Cards 1 Kit | My Monthly Hero September 2020 Kit

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Hello Folks! Scott here with my 10 cards featuring the My Monthly Hero September 2020 Kit. This kit features a new HeroScapes Color Layering pumpkin patch stamp set!

Our 6″ x 8″ stamp set has the 4 layering stamps for the pumpkin patch and two layering stamps for a cornfield, plus three sentiments, and some evocative silhouettes. We also get a 3″ x 4″stamp set with 10 seasonal sentiments, five coordinating frame cuts, and five Ink Cubes in Grape Slush, Lemon Drop, Creamsicle, Moss, and Cup O’ Joe. Finally we get six sheets of 5.5″ x 8.5″ glitter card stock in Orange, Bronze and Copper.

I did take a half sheet of the Orange glitter card stock and die-cut a bunch of thin frames using an Altenew Fine Frames Cover die. I figured those would come in handy with this set of autumnal cards. I wasn’t quite sure which ink colors to use on which layering stamp, so I decided to just wing it on this first card.

This pumpkin patch is stamped using Moss for the background, Cup o’ Joe for the detail, Creamsicle for the pumpkins and Grape Slush for the pumpkin detail. The cornfield is Lemon Drop and Moss. I did use the coordinating die to cut out the stamping, and then trimmed it down to 4″ wide.

The sky is ink blended using Squeezed Lemonade and Fossilized Amber Distress Oxide inks. I stamped the sentiment using VersaFine Onyx Black ink and embossed that with Clear embossing powder, and stamped the birds using HA Soft Granite ink. I did cut the bird stamp apart to get the two groups of birds.

The whole panel is 4″ x 4.25″ and glued to a Kraft card base. A few strips of the Orange glitter card stock (from my frame die-cuts) adds a touch more sparkle to this really cool, new HeroScape pumpkin patch! I think his was one of the easiest layering stamp sets that we’ve gotten from Hero Arts and it is certainly a lovely scene.

I finally found the Hero Arts stamping guide for this kit on the scroll of pictures on the purchase page for this kit. (which IS still available)!

I think this feels like an awful lot of yellow… and I like my pumpkins more orange..!

I got a little more involved stamping this one! The background is stamped with HA Key Lime Fizz with a touch of Moss ink shading on the top. The detail is stamped with HA Sand Stone ink with a touch of Cup o’ Joe on the top – trying to make the back half of the pumpkin patch darker. I stamped the pumpkins in Creamsicle and then their detail in Grape Slush again. I masked off the pumpkin patch and ink blended the sky with Grape Slush, Fruit Punch, Creamsicle, and Lemon Drop inks.

I die cut the inked panel with a Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangle die, glued that to a thin black mat, then to a thicker orange mat and then another thin black mat before gluing all to a white card base. The sentiment and birds are stamped exactly the same as my first card. This feels like twilight to me… I like the pumpkin patch getting darker the farther away it is. Nice pun too!

Let’s try that again… I do have another sentiment from the main stamp set to use…!

This pumpkin patch is stamped in HA Green Hills, Sand Stone, Creamsicle and then Carved Pumpkin Distress Oxide ink. The orange on the orange doesn’t read as well as the purple on the orange but you can still see the nice shading that last stamp gives. The cornfield is stamped in HA Lemon Drop and Sand Stone (a little shading on the bottom) and Green Hills on top. The pumpkins and corn are from two different stampings so I trimmed them out and glued them together, and then to the background panel, and cut them all out to fit this thin glitter frame (3″ x 4 3/8″) from my original die-cuts.

The Sky is ink blended with my homemade sunburst stencil using Lemon Drop ink… but I picked up some blue somewhere (on the stencil… on my blending brush?) so the sky turned a little bit green. I was going to toss the whole thing but decided that the greenish sky (is there a tornado coming?) went quite well with the pumpkin and corn stampings. I stamped the sentiment using Memento Tuxedo Black ink, and the birds with HA Soft Granite ink, and then added the “together” using black card stock letters die-cut with an old Die-versions die – the Marker Micro Alphabet die. I glued the inked panel and frame to a white card base, and glued the die-cut letters under the sentiment to finish out this card. I really like adding the extra TOGETHER to this timely sentiment… makes things seem a little less bleak! Is that possible??

That covers the three sentiments included in the 6″ x 8″ stamp set, but we also have ten more sentiments on our 3″ x 4″ stamp set – the pumpkin spice one caught my eye first…

Once again an old MMH kit comes to my rescue! These to-go cups are from the MMH August 2018 Kit! I stamped two cups (and their lids) right next to each other using Memento Tuxedo Black ink and then stamped some masking paper with the cups in the same position. I fussy-cut the inside of the cups away from the mask, placed the mask over the stamped cups and stamped the pumpkin patch (Green Hills, Sand Stone, Creamsicle, Grape Slush) through the mask openings. Perfectly themed autumn coffee cups! I really like these!

The background is a 4″ x 5.25″ piece of Kraft card stock scored on my Scor-Buddy in a plaid pattern. The dots are scored using the Scor-bug – a FUN new scoring tool from Scor-Pal! That background is glued to a white card base, and I die-cut a piece of the tea-dyed pattern paper (LFSRD) from the same August 2018 kit and glued that to a (3.75″ x 2.5″) mat of the Bronze glitter card stock and glued those to the center of the card front.

I die-cut the coffee cups and their matching lids, added a little alcohol marker shading, glued the lids to the cups and gave both of the assembled cups a little bit of a curve before attaching them to the card front with some foam tape. I stamped the sentiments on some white card stock using the Cup-o’-Joe ink and die cut them with a couple Lawn Fawn Everyday Sentiments dies. I trimmed them down to size, and foam taped the two banners to my card front. I really enjoy this card and was thrilled to find an interesting use for those pumpkin patch layering stamps! WOO-HOO!

I started thinking about what I could do with the scarecrow and other silhouette images included with our large stamp set… they all have coordinating dies, so…

I stamped the scarecrow, bale of hay and wagon wheel on some Kraft card stock, and added some of the detail cornfield stamp along the bottom. I die-cut this scene using partial die-cutting to keep the three images attached on their bottoms, and even die-cut the sides with the cornfield die. I die-cut a piece of light grey card stock and a piece of heavy vellum with HA Circle Infinity dies, and matched the bottom of the stamped piece with the larger vellum die cut. I glued those three pieces together, and stamped the sentiment and birds with memento Tuxedo Black ink.

I spattered some stars on a HA Jet Black card base using Holbein Permanent White gouache and a small paintbrush, then glued my stamped piece on top. I added some final details to all of the silhouettes using a thin white gel pen. I don’t really send Halloween cards in general, but I think this is nicely evocative and maybe even a tiny bit spooky!

I wanted to see if adding actual dimension to the pumpkin patch and cornstalks would add to the overall dept of the image. I think it adds a lot!

I stamped the pumpkin patch twice – the back piece with Moss, Cup-o-Joe, Creamsicle, and Grape Slush, and the front piece with Green Hills, Sandstone, Creamsicle and Grape Slush. I did stamp the two pumpkin faces in Grape Slush as well. Separately, I stamped the cornfield in Lemon drop and then Green Hills with Moss shading the bottom. I die-cut the cornfield and fussy cut the two pumpkin pieces. I ink blended some HA Splash Reactive ink on some white card stock for the sky, then lined everything up and die-cut all layers with a LFSRD.

I cut an old piece of Auburn Pearl card stock from my stash to 4″ x 3.75″ to mat the stamped pieces on, and glued everything to a Kraft card base adding foam tape behind the pumpkins in the front. I stamped the sentiment and the birds using the Cup-o’Joe ink, and stretched a piece of velvet ribbon across he bottom for another luscious dab of texture. I really like this one… I think those layered pumpkins look terrific!

I have been know to occasionally use the pictures on the stamp and die packaging for a card… I couldn’t resist this one!

This one makes me giggle… and is pretty self explanatory when you open the card…

I die-cut this portion of our packaging using a LFSRD, matted that on a piece of golden pearlescent card stock I found in my stash (PERFECT!!!) and then down to an Auburn Pearl card base. I die-cut the numbers from the same golden card stock AND the Auburn Pearl card stock using an old Die-versions Little Lizzie Alphabet die. I glued the gold numbers on top of the auburn ones and then down to the card front. This font stacks together very nicely and makes for a great graphic block.

I was looking through my stash for a small flourish die cut to go at the top of this number block and found this fancy clock hand from an old LFL kit – I die-cut it twice from both card stocks and glued them together to make a perfectly sized flourish to highlight this “sentiment”. I printed the “Pumpkin Pi” on the writing surface using the Cooper Black font and stamped the sentiment using Cup-o’-Joe ink. This is a fun visual pun for any math nut, scientist or engineer who likes pumpkin pie..!! I kind of love this card!

There IS a Happy Halloween sentiment in our extra stamp set – again I turned to an old MMH kit for a little assistance!

This is the small pumpkin stamp from the MMH September 2019 kit! This white card stock is the shim I used when cutting all the small orange glitter frames… it embossed very nicely, and was just sitting on my desk…! I stamped the pumpkins using Creamsicle ink and did a little shading on them with my alcohol markers – I stamped the faces on #2 and #4 using Memento ink and drew in the other faces with a Pigma Micron pen. I stamped the sentiment using Cup-o’-Joe ink and then embossed it with VersaMark ink and clear embossing powder. Lastly, I stamped the crow on the end of the sentiment using Memento black ink.

I cleaned up the edges of my embossed and stamped piece and found I had a sliver of card stock showing, so I colored the very edges of a white card base orange with a marker. I glued the panel to the card base, added two of the die cut Orange Glitter frames (it’s easy to see where they go with the embossed background!) and some extra orange sequins and some tiny stars to sparkle us up a bit. I really like the goofy pumpkin on the right and I love the crow perched on the sentiment!

We have a couple cards with just pumpkins… maybe one with just the cornfield?

Now there’s a cornfield!! These corn rows are all stamped with Lemon Drop ink with a touch of Creamsicle shading (more on the scarecrow’s row) and Fossilized Amber Distress Oxide ink… I like this combo! Seems ripe and ready to harvest! I die-cut the six rows and trimmed them down to layer on top of each other, and glued them to a Kraft card base. I stamped the scarecrow with Lemon Drop ink and detailed him with my colored pencils and die-cut him with his matching die.

I tucked him between the cornrows with a spot of foam tape behind his head and arms, and die-cut a piece of the Bronze glitter paper with another HA circle die and glued that behind the corn on the top. I stamped the birds with Cup-o’-Joe ink and printed the punny sentiment on a scrap of white card stock using the Cooper Black font again. I die-cut the sentiment with a banner die and attached it to the card front with foam tape. Perfect pun to go along with this huge field of corn… If you build it they will come..!

I was all farmed out by this point and willingly went simple and direct for this last card.

I was able to stamp these crows facing each other by reverse stamping the left one – I have a short reverse-stamping video on my MMH June 2019 blog if you want to take a look – I’ve also included that demo on my YouTube video for this kit. I stamped the crows with Memento Black ink and printed the sentiment using the American Typewriter font.

Of course this is a Birthday Card!! I die-cut my stamped and printed panel with a LFSRD and matted that on some Black Tie glitter card stock and glued those to a white card base. The sentiment is an old LFL die cut out of the same Black Tie glitter card stock. I love this card! You know how much I like my white space, and I think this card really cleansed my soul after spending so much time down on the farm! AND this truly makes me laugh!

That’s my 10 cards inspired by the My Monthly Hero September 2020 Kit. I really love the new HeroScape layering stamps, that pumpkin patch and cornfield are pretty stunning! This set could prove handy in mixing in with some of our other ‘outdoor scenery’ kits! I have to admit that I did find it a challenge coming up with ten different cards using this kit – and that’s not like some of them are all that different…!!

I did have a good time working on these cards and was pleased that I was able to squeeze in a pun or two myself! A nice assortment of cards and sentiments! This kit is still available at Hero Arts! If I’ve managed to catch your eye, please use my links when you go shopping. It helps support this channel is is always gratefully appreciated!

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UNBOXING! Love From Lizi October 2020 “Happiness is Homemade” Card Kit

Hello Folks! Scott here unboxing the NEW Love From Lizi October 2020 Card Kit! This month we’re headed to the kitchen where Happiness is Homemade and love comes freshly wrapped up and warm from the oven!

Our supplies are shipped in a large 12″ x 12″ box this month and are sealed in zip-lock bags. All sorts of terrific colors and kitchen oriented designs are featured this month.

To begin with, we get our standard five sheets of 8.5″ x 11″ card stocks. I most always use these for my card bases. We have a sheet of Red, Sunshine Yellow, Pale Blue, Soft Pink and Gray. My Mom’s kitchen was always a bright yellow!

When we get a 12″ x 12″ box it usually means we have some cut-apart sheets coming our way, and this month is no different! We start with this 12″ x 12″ sheet of stickers! These are really thick card stock stickers featuring all sorts of foods and kitchen implements along with file tabs and a long floral border.

For our actual cut-apart sheets, we get one sheet of 2″ x 2″ cut-aparts – 36 assorted icons and sentiments from a simple recipe box to a canister set, mixer, cake, a place setting and a few (apparently alive!) animals.

These printed cut apart sheets are double-sided as well. This is the back of the 2×2 sheet. A nice greenish-teal with a pattern of flowers and laurels. Lovely!

Our second cut-apart sheet is all tags! 4″ tall and a little more than 2 and quarter inches wide. Perfect tags for gifting all sorts of homemade treats! And…

The back of that sheet continues the tag theme so the front and back of your tags match!

Our last sheet of cut-aparts feature 4″ x 6″ recipe cards! Ingredients, prep time, cook time, servings, etc. are all noted on these recipe cards and on the back…

we have matching backs with room for the recipe instructions. If Lizi isn’t encouraging us to bake, she’s certainly encouraging us to share some of our favorite recipes!

That brings us to our pattern paper pack! This month we get 12 sheets of 6″ x 8″ pattern papers with these large designs on one side (perfect for scrapbooking) and

smaller patterns on their back sides. I might have to abscond with that Kitchen Conversion Chart for my own use!! Love the flowers on the black background and the black and beige animal pattern is terrific as well!

Three more full size designs (though those shelves could be trimmed down fairly easily) the center quote is from Julia Child, and six more recipe cards!

Smaller pattern on the back of those six sheets as well as a place to note directions for the back of the recipe cards! There’s a smaller version of those kitchen shelves on the top right piece as well.

We are treated to a new peel off color this month! Strawberry Glitter pin stripe peel offs are slightly translucent and plenty sparkly! Our Happiness is Homemade Stamp set is a 4″ x 6″ set featuring a dozen sentiments alone and on various shapes. From top left to bottom right we get: “Lets Eat!”, “Perk up Darling”, “Cooking is love made visible”, “Don’t get so steamed up” on the tea pot, “Just roll with it” with a rolling pin, “Don’t flip out” with a spatula, “Spread some love”, “Whistle while you work” on another tea kettle, “Hello hot stuff” on an oven mitt, “happiness is homemade”, “Bake the world a better place”, and “always be grateful” on a box grater. Rather pun-y!

And then we have our Embellishments Bag! Here is where all the recipe cards in this kit begin to make sense! We get 4 sheets of 4″ x 6″ chipboard and 10 sheets of 4″ x 6″ Super Smooth alcohol friendly card stock. Just the supplies need to pair with all your 4″ x 6″ recipe cards to make your own little recipe book! Maybe a set of your favorite recipes to give as a gift, or possibly the beginning of your own recipe collection! Lots of fun!

We get 5 one-meter lengths of thin satin ribbon in Yellow, Charcoal, Teal, Red and Off-White, and a sample pack of the Happiness is Homemade sequin mix featuring red, green, pink, gold, and brown sequins in assorted sizes. Our wooden embellishments include 5 mini clothes pins and two wood-veneer tags (cutting board perhaps?) and our dies this month include a cute little teapot with hearts and three nesting hearts with a perfectly adorable tiny little heart in the center. But that’s not it!

We also get a great bunch of ephemera pieces! A large old-fashioned stove, lots of sentiments, all sorts of kitchen equipment, a few flowers and some assorted foodstuffs! I know everyone loves Lizi’s ephemera pieces, and I always enjoy trying to come up with unique and fun ways to use them!

I did get the Happiness is Homemade Pin Stripe Peel Off Pack with Fuchsia, Silver Moondust, Denim Blue, and Pink peel offs, and the Happiness is Homemade Variety Peel Off Pack featuring Apricot with Gold lining Sway peel offs, a sheet of pin stripe Teal peel offs, a Gold Straight sheet, and Black Glitter Mini Circles. A fun variety of peel offs!

This kit and add-ons are currently available at Love From Lizi! If I’ve managed to spark your imagination or pique your curiosity, please use my links when you go shopping! Lizi’s kits usually sell out fairly quickly so if this one catches your eye, I’d get one sooner rather than later!

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10 Cards 1 Kit | Love From Lizi September 2020 “Wonderland” Super Card Kit

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Hello Folks! Scott here with my 10 cards inspired by the EXCLUSIVE September 2020 Love From Lizi “Wonderland” Super Card Kit. Every September Lizi celebrates the anniversary of LFL with a super-sized card kit packed full of goodness for your crafting pleasure.

Alice in Wonderland is the theme for this kit and all the add-ons, so I thought I would try to stay true to the spirit of this set with my ten cards. I always begin my LFL kits by cutting our colored card stock in half to use as card bases.

Despite having a pack of 100 ephemera pieces, I was thrilled at the opportunity to color some stamps this month. I stamped Alice, the key and keyhole on the included alcohol marker friendly card stock using Memento black ink and colored them all with my Spectrum Noir Alcohol Markers. I added a little more stitching to the bottom of Alice’s dress with a purple Pigma Micron pen, and die-cut all the pieces with their matching dies. I cut the purple and yellow pattern paper on a diagonal and glued that down to a Pink card base.

I carefully stamped the sentiment (very topical!) with Memento black ink – there are a lot of sentiments in this kit with very small fonts. I fussy-cut around Alice’s right hand and slipped the key in there so she had something to hold onto, and mounted all the die cuts using foam tape. I added some white highlights to Alice with a thin white gel pen, and finished up this card with three purple enamel glitter dots and some Lilac mirror pin stripe peel offs. I really like the harlequin pattern paper turned on an angle for a completely different look. This is a very classic interpretation, exactly what you would expect from this kit. It’s even Pink!!

Speaking of all those ephemera pieces, I thought I’d tackle some of those before moving along with more a=stamping and coloring. There’s also those acetate sentiments….

There are lots of flowers in our ephemera pack, so I thought a sweet “Get Well” bouquet would be nice. I even went so far as to create my own little decoupage image using the assorted ephemera pieces. The bottom layer is the large piece with the flower arrangement coming through a keyhole (works as a vase for me!) the second layer is just the flowers fussy-cut away from their border and foam taped on top of the back piece. The pink rose and yellow flower have their borders cut away as well and are foam taped on top. Really nice dimension for this little bouquet.

On the Green card base I laid out a ‘partial frame’ using the Ruby Red pin stripe peel offs from the kit, and the White pin stripe peel offs from the Wonderland variety peel off pack. I die-cut a plain white banner using a Lawn Fawn Everyday Sentiment Banners die, and placed the acetate “Get Well Soon” sentiment on top. I know a lot of folks were asking about how to adhere these acetate sentiments to our cards, and I just used two of the green enamel dots (with a spot of blue behind) to hold the sentiment to the banner. Works perfectly and actually adds a little dimension to the foiled sentiment. The decoupage flowers are glued to the card front, the sentiment banner is attached with foam tape, and more enamel dots finish out this cheerful Get Well card. When we get ephemera pieces with duplicates, you can always create your own decoupage images!

SO MANY EPHEMERA PIECES! You could make dozens of cards just using all the ephemera pieces included in this kit!

I decided to pair up the two “bunnies in teacups” ephemera pieces and match them to this fun “BONKERS” sentiment. I trimmed this pattern paper down to look more like a zig-zag than a harlequin pattern, and glued those to the top and bottom of the Red card base. I lined those with more of the new Ruby Red peel offs and stamped the sentiment in the center with Memento Black ink. I did highlight the BONKERS with a white gel pen. I attached the bunnies with foam tape and added some sequins from our mix for a little added sparkle and shine! I think these were the only ephemera pieces facing each other… but they certainly make for beautiful card… you could make dozens more with all the ephemera in this kit!

But I’m here to color and spend a little time in Wonderland… Let’s look at that Alice stamp again! Here’s my take on Alice falling down the rabbit hole! That’s where it all begins!

When I first looked at the Alice stamp, and before I had seen that image colored, I didn’t realize that she had long hair. I actually thought that stamp line to her left was part of her dress..!? Well, of course, when colored it makes perfect sense, but I realized it would be easy to NOT stamp that part of her hair and instantly give Alice a bit of a bob! LOVE IT! This Alice is stamped and colored the same as my first Alice, (I just wiped away the extra line of hair before stamping) and I couldn’t resist giving her a darker skin tone to go along with that new haircut! I did add more stitching lines again along the hem of her skirt. I saw that on some original Alice illustrations and thought they added a lot of character and movement to her dress. I finished Alice by fussy-cutting her out.

I did include this sentiment on the inside writing surface. Stamped with Memento ink on a light piece of warm grey card stock.

For the “hole” on the front of the card – first, I cut a piece of pattern paper to 4″ x 5.25″. On the bottom I measured in one quarter inch on both sides and marked those points. On the top, I marked the center and a quarter inch to each side. Cut along those quarter-inch lines from the bottom to the top and you have your two side pieces. (The center piece you cut out can be cut down the center to make another card!)

I positioned the two pattern pieces on the Navy card base and lightly traced the inside edges of both. I masked off those lines (including the top and bottom edges) and ink blended the edges of the “hole” with Hero Arts Unicorn White ink. I added dots of texture with a couple white and gold gel pens and when I was happy with that, I glued the pattern paper in place. Pop Alice up (side-down!) with some foam tape and I can almost feel the wind rushing past. In the original book, there’s all sorts of stuff lining the walls of the hole so I thought this pattern paper was quite appropriate! Love this card… LOVE her hair!

We also have a teapot and two cups in the kit stamp set. Tea is certainly pun-able!!

Stamped the teapot and cup on Lizi’s white card stock, colored with my alcohol markers and die cut with the included dies. I trimmed out a little tablecloth from the pattern paper and gave it a score for the edge. The white card stock background is actually scored to look like bead-board but it’s hard to see in this pic. The bead-board card stock is glued to the Blue card base and the front edge of the tablecloth and the tea service are mounted with foam tape.

I did print and cut this pun-y sentiment using my Silhouette Portrait machine and the Typewriter Hand font. I cut three extra blanks of the sentiment so I could glue them all together for some added dimension on the sentiment! A few of the blue enamel dots above the tea cup adds some shine and sparkle. Hey there, Bestie! Makes me grin!

I was so thrilled to get all four of the add-on stamp sets this month! MORE Wonderland!

This White Rabbit might be my favorite stamp from this whole set! I stamped him and the sentiment on Lizi’s white card stock, and colored the rabbit with my alcohol markers. I traced the plaid on his coat and the edges of his watch with a gold gel pen. I colored the two large capitals in the sentiment with the gold gel pen and the smaller caps with a gold colored pencil. Using the included die, I partially die-cut the rabbit and trimmed the rest to go around the sentiment. I think that is very effective here and certainly highlights the focal point of the card!

I stamped the medium watch stamp from this set along the top and bottom edges of the Green card base using VersaMark ink and embossed them with the LFL Golden Crown embossing Powder. I cut the White Rabbit pattern paper to 2.5″ x 5.5″ and glued that to the center of the card front. I lined the top and bottom edges of that pattern paper with more white peel offs and attached the rabbit and sentiment with foam tape.

I figured this card was perfect for a belated birthday wish, so I printed this sentiment on the inside writing surface using the Fearing Madness font (how appropriate!!) A perfect occasion for the White Rabbit!!

I liked the effect of having the image and sentiment all on one layer of card stock so I thought I’d try that again with the I’m Not Crazy Cheshire Cat set.

I had to resist coloring this Cheshire cat purple, so I thought a golden tabby would work! Stamped, colored and cut just like the last card. I used an old American Crafts border punch for the zig-zag pattern paper and the black mat, glued those together and foam taped them on top of two strips of the same pattern paper glued to the Blue card base and trimmed on the edges with Denim Blue mirror peel offs. Add the cat with foam tape and here’s another Wonderland card with a sentiment that could actually be useful!

Who can avoid a cake that says “Eat Me!? The Drink Me stamps and dies were calling …

I love this sentiment! And a quick snack is always a great start to an adventure! I stamped, colored and die-cut the cake and decanter as usual, and stamped the sentiment on the right end of a 2″ x 5.5″ scrap of white card stock. I cut a piece of the pattern paper to 2″ x 5.5″ and also cut two 1/8″ strips of the same paper. I glued the sentiment strip to the Navy card base, added the thin strips above and below, and then glued the 2″ pattern paper over the top. I mounted the treats with foam tape and added an assortment of sequins for the last touch of sparkle. I don’t think anyone is going to grow larger or smaller with these treats, but I do think they provide some good encouragement!

One more stamp set to go… The Gone Mad stamps and dies feature the Mad Hatter’ Hat.

I hadn’t used any of the ribbon included in the kit yet, so I thought I’d try weaving some on a diamond (harlequin) shape. I fiddled and fussed with this for a long time… My diamond is 2″ x 4″ (through the center, point to point) and I’m not sure even that is completely correct… the angle of the weave was really tricky, but I finally got a piece that I was satisfied with… I did glue the ribbon weave to a larger black mat which helped contain some of my errant edges… I’ll just use the images to cover up the messy bits!

The hat is stamped, colored and die-cut the same as all my other images, and I embossed the sentiment using VersaMark ink and HA Red embossing Powder. I fussy cut the sentiment out, and die-cut a piece of pattern paper with a LF Stitched Rectangle die. I glued the pattern paper to a black mat and then to the Red card base. I glued my diamond weave in the center and used some foam tape and glue to attach the hat and sentiment. A fun assortment of enamel dots adds shine and sparkle, and I think this is a fun, nicely textured and interesting card. I’m trying to be more brave with my alcohol markers!

I’ve already said how much I like that White Rabbit stamp… Alice’s adventures start when he disappears down the rabbit hole and she follows… I don’t think I can make him vanish down a rabbit hole, but maybe…

A slimline card and an interactive slider all in one!! The White Rabbit isn’t running down a hole but he does appear and vanish behind the panels on both ends!

Was that a rabbit running past? I spent way too much time making this card work! I actually show the assembly of this card on my YouTube video. To begin with I spent a good amount of time making the slider channel – matching up the patterns for the extra length and to try to camouflage the channel itself. I glued the channel background just below the center of this 3.5″ x 9″ card base. I know 3.5″ x 8.5″ seems to be the standard for slimline cards these days, but I wanted as much width for the rabbit run as possible. This still fits in a #10 envelope!

I attached the top and bottom of the center channel using a double layer of foam tape – on the outer edges to allow room for the penny to slide in the channel. I also added a couple of ‘racing stripes’ above and below the center raceway using the LFL Black pin stripe peel offs (in the Wonderland pin stripe pack) I stamped, colored and die-cut the rabbit just the same as my other images, but I did trim his white die-cut border down so he’d fit behind the side panels easier. The side panels are cut to 2.25″ x 3.5″ and their side edges are stiffened with an eighth inch strip of black card stock. The side panels are both going to be mounted with FOUR laters of foam tape – carefully trimmed to allow room for the rabbit to hide behind.

For the first time, I used some My Favorite Things Slider Elements to make the rabbit slide. These are like little flat plastic Tic-Tacs and substitute for foam tape when attaching your die-cut to a penny. I thought they would provide little to no resistance and let my White Rabbit slide across this card easily! I glued two to a penny (end-to-end) using some E6000 glue (I wanted to make sure they weren’t going anywhere) and attached the White Rabbit to the elements with some permanent glue dots. I slid the slider rabbit into the channel, added stoppers at the two ends and mounted the side panels.

I stamped the sentiment (from the Gone Mad stamp and die set) on a scrap of white card stock with VersaFine Onyx Black ink and embossed that with clear embossing powder. I trimmed that down to 1.25″ x 2.25″ and used a hole punch to invert the four corners. I glued 3 pieces of card stock to the back of the sentiment for a little bit of dimension and glued that down to the right panel. This card is absolutely adorable! That rabbit can run across this card so fast you almost miss him! You have the power in your hands! Love it!

That’s my 10 cards using the Love From Lizi September 2020 Super Card kit! I am an old fan of the Alice books and really enjoyed making these cards with this super kit! Certainly a colorful collection of cards and I’m thrilled that most of them are Wonderland themed.

I did use a little bit of everything in this kit, but I still have 94 ephemera pieces, 16 full sheets of pattern paper (and lots of scraps) a sheet of White card stock, a half-sheet of pink card stock and bunches of embellishments. As of posting, this kit is still available at Love From Lizi! If you do go shopping with Lizi please use my links… it is always supremely appreciated – especially these days as I am still on furlough here in NYC!

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Thank you so much for sharing your time with me here. You know it means a lot to me! I hope I was able to highlight the extensive value and fun possibilities of this new, exclusive kit created to celebrate the Fourth Anniversary of Love From Lizi. I send you all my best wishes of health and happiness – please be safe out there – I offer prayers for those on the west coast affected by wildfires – and I send virtual hugs to you all! Please Like me, List me, Pin me, Post me, Share me with all your friends…! Don’t go chasing rabbits…! And as always I wish you Happy Crafting!

Scor-Pal Project • The Art of Box Making • Part 2

Hello Folks! Scott here with another Scor-Pal Project video for you! In Part 1 we made a variety of simple boxes with single-thickness walls. This month we’re stepping it up a notch and making boxes with double-thickness walls. Not only are they sturdier, but they are clean and sharp with no tabs or fasteners showing.

I was talking with Diana at Scor-Pal and she thought waiting until after Labor Day was a good idea for this month. I hope everyone had a good holiday – or at least some time to yourself as we wrap up this totally bizarre summer! Let’s make some more boxes!

I have created a double-thickness box template for you this month – The Art of Box Making Part 2 – that covers the new formula for figuring out what size cardstock you need for a specifically sized double-thickness box.

You can see the double-thickness formula doubles up the sides of the boxes which gives us the advantage of hiding the tabs that form the box as well as continuing any color or pattern from the outside of the box to the inside of the box. Makes for very sturdy, sharp, clean boxes!

To determine the size of card stock you need to start with to make these boxes, just decide what the dimensions of your finished box needs to be. Let’s skip the 2″ square box on the template and jump right in to the 3″ x 4″ x 1.5″ rectangular box!

Insert the dimensions of your box into the formula on the template. 3″ is the width, 4″ is the length, and 1.5″ is the height (sides) of this box. So, 1.5″+1.5″+3″+1.5″+1.5″ = 9″ wide. Then, 1.5″+1.5″+4″+1.5″+1.5″ = 10″ long. The bottom of our first box starts with a 9″ x 10″ piece of card stock.

Now we want to score the card stock. Since the sides are 1.5″ tall, we want to score all four edges of our card stock at 1.5″ AND 3″. Remember we are doubling up the sides! In order not to confuse myself, I will do all my scoring on the left corner of my Scor-Pal… 1.5″ and 3″ on all four sides.

Unlike the single-thickness boxes, we will be cutting away portions of our card stock before we fold. If you have scored twice on all four sides, then you will see 3 square in each corner that you are going to want to cut away. I actually draw an X on the squares that need to be removed.

Remember that your Scor-Tool leaves a ‘channel’ on your card stock. When you start cutting away those corner squares, I find that cutting along the inside edge of the score channel (towards the center or middle of the card stock) helps your fold-over side flaps fit inside your box quite nicely.

Once your three squares are cut away from the corner, you want to cut your tabs. We generally want the tabs to fold into the long side of the box, so cut your tabs on the 10″ side. Remember to cut to the inside of your score channel to keep the sides nice and square. Basically, anything you cut away, should include the score channels. Any extra channel left on the edges will affect the final assembly of the box.

Now, we’re going to mitre the edges of the tab we just cut, by simply cutting away a small triangle on the two sides of the tab. Now, we need to do this same cutting on all four corners of the card stock. Keep the tabs attached to the 9″ sides so they will fold under the longer side. Once everything is cut away, your card stock should look like the template.

Now we want to commit the creases! I want the patterned side to be on the outside so I fold and crease all the score lines to the plain side of the card stock. Use your Scor-Tool to commit those creases and don’t forget to fold the tabs as well! Once everything is folded, I will usually do a dry-fit to make sure everything will fit together quite nicely.

You will see your box beginning to come together at this point. The tabs are going to get captured between the double-thickness walls on the longer side of the rectangle.

Now we add our Scor-Tape! It’s very easy on these boxes! The tape goes on the top and bottom of the outer flaps on all four sides. Since this box is only 3″ x 4″, I ran my Scor-Tape along the whole length of the flaps, but you can conserve your tape and just cover an inch or so on each side of your flaps. I think we’re ready to start assembling this box bottom!

To begin your assembly, remove the liner paper from the Scor-Tape on the two 3″ sides and fold them over on themselves. Then we are going to tuck the tabs between the side walls on the 4″ sides. Remove the tape lined on one of the long sides. fold the tabs in and the side up and then fold the flap over the tabs.

Make sure your corners are nice and tight before you glue the flaps down. If your cuts were accurate, the corners should almost form themselves – you want the corners nice and tight, but not so tight that it will cause the card stock to bunch up in the corners. Attach both corners of this first side and use your Scor-Tool to burnish down the flap and make sure the corners are tucked in tightly.

Once you have one side adhered, you can do the other side. Remove the tape liner, tuck in the tabs, fold up the side and fold the flap over, making sure to get your last two corners in there nice and tight.

Look at those clean sharp corners and no trace of tabs or anything holding the box together! I love these double-thickness boxes! Really sharp and quite professional looking..!

The top of the box is assembled the exact same way starting with a piece of card stock cut to 9 1/8″ x 10 1/8″. Remember we add 1/8″ to the dimensions of the card stock for the top of the box to make sure that it will fit over the bottom of the box. But we will still score that card stock at 1.5″ and 3″ on all four sides. Assemble just like the bottom and your top will fit beautifully. IF, perchance, you are using an extremely thick card stock, you may have to add 3/16″ of an inch to your starting card stock dimensions, but all the card stock I used (up to 80# Neenah Solar White) fit just fine with only 1/8″ added.

I really love these boxes! Let’s do one more box with a specific function. How about an A2 card box. Perfect for gift-giving, you can fit five to 10 cards (and envelopes) into this lovely gift box.

Let’s make this box 4.5″ x 6″ x 1″. If you want to include envelops in your gift box, you’ll need this extra space. Using our formula for the bottom of our box we get 1″+ 1″+ 4.5″+ 1″+ 1″ = 8.5″ for the width of our card stock and, 1″+ 1″+ 6″+ 1″+ 1″ = 10″. For the bottom of our box we start with a piece of card stock cut to 8.5″ x 10″, and you score all four sides at 1″ and 2″. Assemble as before and you’ll see an envelope fits perfectly inside.

For the top of our gift box, let’s make the sides only 3/4″ tall instead of 1″ (4.5″ x 6″ x 3/4″). We won’t have to punch out any finger notches if we don’t make the top as tall as the bottom. SO… for the top of our box we insert the number into our formula: 3/4″+ 3/4″+ 4.5″+ 3/4″+ 3/4″+ 1/8″ = 7 5/8″ wide and 3/4″+ 3/4″+ 6″+ 3/4″+ 3/4″+ 1/8″ = 9 1/8″ long. Our card stock for the top of this gift box should be cut to 7 5/8″ x 9 1/8″. We score all four sides at 3/4″ and 1.5″. Cut and remove the corner sections, commit your creases, dry-fit, add Scor-Tape and burnish, remove tape liner, tuck tabs between sides and assemble.

I really do love these boxes. I gift many card sets every year and I think I will be using these types of boxes from now on! Really, very sharp, clean and special. And you can choose patterned card stock to match the cards within! Perfect!

That wraps up the second part of the Art of Box Making with the Scor-Pal and Scor-Tape! I hope I’ve been able to impart a few tip and tricks to help you in making these terrific boxes. Next month we’ll be doing some specialty boxes and some Christmas themed gift boxes! I hope you’ll join us! If you have any projects you’d like us to tackle, please forward your requests along to me!

Thank you so much for sharing your time with me here, you know how much I appreciate your support! Do let me know if you have any questions, and remember to Like me, List me, Pin me, Post me, Share this post will all interested parties… Don’t run with scissors, and, as always, I wish you and yours Health and Happy Crafting!

UNBOXING! Love From Lizi September 2020 “Wonderland” Super Card Kit

Hello Folks! Scott here with an unusual unboxing of the Love From Lizi September 2020 Super Card Kit for you! Due to supplier issues during the pandemic, Lizi JUST released the kit today, Friday, August 28th. Since September is Love From Lizi’s fourth birthday, Lizi always treats us to these SUPER card kits. These Kits always sell out quickly, so I thought I would post this as soon as possible to give everyone a chance to grab one for themselves! I’ll try to do it justice, without actually having it in hand!

This is the “Wonderland” Card Kit featuring an Alice in Wonderland theme! Here is what’s featured in this Super Card Kit.

7 sheets of 8.5″ x 11″ card stock in Red, Green, Pink, Blue, Navy and 2 sheets of super-smooth alcohol marker-friendly White.

Pin Stripe Peel Off sheet in a NEW color: Ruby Red! Mirror finish on a nice warm red!

The “We’re All Mad Here” Paper Pad. 24 different 6″ x 6″ sheets of patterned card stock featuring many “Wonderland” characters, harlequin diamond patterns, sketchy polka-dots and bright lively colors!

The “Wonderland” Stamp Set is a big 4″ x 8″ and features one of Lizi’s eyelash girls starring as Alice! There’s also an ornate lock, a plain lock, key, teapot and two tea cups. Along with those icons we get 4 “Wonderland” sentiments that might actually be quite topical! “We’re all mad here” seem to work quite well these days!!

And then we get this humongous pack of ephemera! One hundred pieces ranging from a bunch of characters to florals and props in assorted sizes. 100 – count em’ – 100!

That brings us to the Embellishment Bag! WOO-HOO! To start with, we get our sample pack of the “Wonderland” sequin mix with Sky Blue, Black, White, Red and Gold sequins in assorted sizes.

We get a pack of 36 acetate sentiments – gold foiled script on clear acetate cut outs – “Wishing you a very Happy Birthday”, “Best Wishes”, “Get Well Soon” and other less “Wonderland” inspired sentiments.

There is a sheet of Enamel Dots (with glitter) in five colors and three sizes and they match our five satin ribbons this month absolutely perfectly!

We also get a landscape version of that pack of sticky notes for the inside of your cards introduced in the LFL June 2020 “Safe and Sound” Card Kit. On the bottom of each note is printed “I made you this card with love and hope you enjoy it. My greeting is on this sticky note so you can peel it off and reuse the card to brighten someone else’s day.” GREAT to have a version to use on landscape cards!

Finally we get a set of dies that match our stamp set – every icon has a matching die! Quite a fun set to celebrate Love From Lizi’s fourth Birthday!

Lizi has also introduced a bunch of add-ons this month – perfectly matched to this kit, and for the first time, includes four new stamp and die sets!

The “I’m Not Crazy” 4″ x 4″ stamp and die set featuring the cheshire cat!
The “Oh Dear!” 4″ x 4″ stamp and die set with the White Rabbit and pocket watches.
The “Gone Mad” 4″ x 6″ stamp and die set with the Mad Hatter’s hat and some great sentiments!
And the “Drink Me” 4″ x 4″ stamp and die set – this set makes me laugh!

I also noted the two add-on peel off packs. There is the “Wonderland” pin stripe peel off pack with teal and silver and black and gold holographic pin stripes, and the “Wonderland” Assorted peel off pack with red and black mini hears, and white and cream straight peel offs.

If any of this catches your eye. I wouldn’t hesitate to get an order in as fast as possible! If you do go shopping with Lizi, please use my links! It is always graciously appreciated! Love From Lizi: https://shrsl.com/1yyuw LFL September 2020 Super Card Kit: https://shrsl.com/2gq7d

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10 Cards 1 Kit | My Monthly Hero August 2020 Kit

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Hello Folks! Scott here with my 10 cards inspired by the My Monthly Hero August 2020 Kit. This month, Hero Arts is inviting us to explore the Staycation! I don’t think a lot of people are traveling much this summer, so this seems quite timely!

Our 6″ x 8″ stamp set includes a couple of kids in a tent, Dad in a hammock, and Mom on a lounge chair. There’s a fire pit, and plants, some extra furniture, and a variety of props to create your Staycation scenes. There are 23 coordinating frame cuts that die-cut all the images, and a “Greetings From” Fancy Die. Love a good die-cut sentiment! To round us out we get five white postcards, and a Summer Twilight Palette Reactive Ink Pad.

I thought the 4″ x 6″ postcards were a fun alternative and decided I’d make postcards this month! At first, my eye was drawn to that hanging basket chair… there didn’t appear to be anyone posed or ready to sit in it… then I saw the cat! Aha!

I took the full-card mask I made for the eagle card in June (Inkadinkado Stamping Mask Paper), centered that on the postcard, and ink blended some HA Soft Sky ink very lightly inside the masked opening. I cut a mask for the chair and cut out the center of the pillow to make room for my cat. I stuck the chair mask in place and stamped the cat in the opening. Then I lined up the chair stamp with the chair mask on my MISTI, picked up the stamp and removed the chair mask. I cut a mask for the cat, and placed that over the stamped cat and then stamped the chair on top. I removed all the masks and everything lined up quite nicely. It looks like the cat has always been there!

Being that these are postcards, I tried to keep the designs to a single layer. I wasn’t sure what card stock these postcards were made out of, so I thought I’d be safe and use my Prismacolor pencils to color the image. But I did run into problems when I stamped the sentiments using VersaFine Onyx Black ink. After sitting and drying during the whole dinner-hour, they smudged badly when I was coloring the image. I think the postcards are slightly coated, therefore the ink didn’t set completely. The chair and cat didn’t smudge, but I think that’s because they had been stamped on top of the Soft Sky ink.

I rectified the smudges by stamping the sentiments on some 80# Neenah Solar White card stock and fussy-cutting them out and glueing them over the sentiments stamped on the postcard. That gave me the option adding a frame to the inked shape in the center – that’s the Simon Says Stamp Frames die, cut from some brushed mirror blue card stock from my stash. I made sure to glue the frame down securely, and added some soft blue glitter tape to the top and bottom for a bit of bling. I love this stamped image much more than if I had die-cut the cat and just glued it in the chair. Looks like paradise to me!

If I’m going to do the rest of the postcards, I need to use some of my own card stock cut to the same size and glued to the postcard. These aren’t that thick, so a double-thickness postcard shouldn’t present a problem with mailing!

I cut a piece of 80# Neenah Solar White card stock to 4″ x 6″ and stamped all the images using Memento Tuxedo Black ink. I had to cut a mask for Mom’s legs, the pitcher, and the left side of the tent, but those were very simple masks. Again, I’m going for a one-layer card here, so when I was thinking about the background, I got the idea of cutting a picket fence mask (Darice Picket Fence Border die) and using that with my Spectrum Noir Alcohol markers to create the fence. Well, Inkadinkado Stamping Mask Paper is NOT a stencil, so my alcohol markers bled a bit and didn’t give me clean sharp lines, but I decided to let that be since it was in the background. I kind of like the ‘blurry’ effect… it makes the sharp lines of the stamping pop a little more!

This is all colored with my alcohol markers and the sentiment stamped with Memento ink. I did add some suggestions of clouds using the MFT Mini cloud Stencil and HA Unicorn ink. I also added some stamped grass clumps on the lawn using HA Fresh Lawn and Field Greens ink. I do think I got the tent a little dark… I kept obsessing over the inside vs. the outside…! For a final touch, I drew a thin black frame around my panel and glued it down to the postcard. I like the extra length the postcards offer, and I think this is exactly what they had in mind over at Hero Arts when they designed this kit!

I might go mad creating full backgrounds for all these postcards! Let’s try some vignettes!

On a sheet of Bristol Smooth card stock cut to 4″ x 6″, I stamped the large fern stamp on the top and bottom edges using HA Lime Green ink, and the two images using Memento ink. I colored all with my Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers, including adding a little bit of color to the ferns. I stamped the “Hello From:” with HA Green Hills ink and the sanctuary sentiment using HA Summer Sky ink. I did take a Pigma Micron pen and added a touch of shadow on the “sanctuary” to help pull everything together. The extra length of the postcards encouraged me to create the fern borders on the top and bottom. I do love the little bird perched on the hammock, and a simple vignette certainly beats having to color the entire card!

The wine bottle (liquor bottle?) inspired this next postcard… Talk about timely…!

This one makes me laugh! On more Neenah card stock, I stamped the bottles top and bottom using HA Lime Green and Dusty Blue inks, and stamped the images with Memento ink. With careful placement, no masks were needed on this one! I created this sentiment using my Silhouette Software and the Smoothie Shoppe font and printed it directly on the panel. I colored everything with my alcohol markers (including a touch on the bottles – but I love them being empty!), and glued the finished panel to a postcard. As if I really needed an excuse to drink alone…!

That postcard got me to thinking about our current pandemic situation, and inspired this:

This reminds me of a needlepoint sampler! On Neenah 80# card stock I stamped the smaller fern and the large leaf sprays (from the Simon Says Stamp Kind Flowers stamp set) using HA Fresh Lawn ink, and stamped the images using Memento ink. I did cut a mask for the watering can to stamp the pot and flower behind. I created this sentiment using my Silhouette Software and the Typewriter Hand font. I colored all with my alcohol markers and, using a T-square ruler and a Pigma micron pen, added the lines and dots. Finally, I glued my finished panel down to my last postcard. I love the look of this as much as I love this sentiment! Don’t forget to take care of yourself, too!!

Those are my five postcards, all of them (except the first) are truly one-layer cards. These should all go through the mail system with no problems!

I know that my living in New York City is quite different than most folks who have the luxury of backyards, and decks and patios. I couldn’t help but think that a Staycation for a city dweller might look a little bit different. My staycation would obviously be focused more on my apartment than any outdoor areas.

I had some free time before I received this kit, so I thought I would work on some backgrounds that might be appropriate for a city dweller Staycation!

I did go ahead and create a backyard background using an actual die-cut of the picket fence, and a couple of wall units (with televisions!) and a city scape as seen from a roof. I sketched in an apartment window based on my own living room window, but hesitated coloring that because I thought I might be able to stamp one of our images directly onto that panel.

Here’s a pic of my living room! You can see the double window at the far end, and the big wall unit (with TV!) on the right. This inspired my NYC Staycation cards!

Of course, one of the drawbacks to creating backgrounds before you have your stamp set in hand is the very real possibility that you will get the scale all wrong. I thought I had a pretty good idea how big our stamps were and I actually lucked out over all!

This wall unit is actually the “Cabinet of Curiosities” stamp set from the MMH September 2019 Kit, and a lot of the items on the shelves are from that same set. I stamped all this on Neenah 80# card stock using HA Sand Stone ink, drew in my own TV, stereo, books and vase and colored the whole background with alcohol markers. I trimmed the background panel to 4″ x 5.25″ and added a thin black mat behind that and glued those down to a white card base. BA-DUM!! Anyone using Netflix these days??

I stamped the three images on Bristol Smooth card stock with Memento ink, and colored them with my Stabilo watercolor markers. I thought the bright colors of the Stabilo markers would stand out against this rather busy background. I die-cut the images with their matching dies and attached them to the card front with foam tape. I die-cut the “Greetings From” sentiment from some Hero Hues Pitch Black card stock, glued that to a scrap of white card stock and fussy-cut the shadow. I stamped the ‘bliss’ sentiment using Memento ink, trimmed it down to size and attached both sentiments with more foam tape.

I think Netflix has been something of a life-line for many people during lock-downs and quarantines – I know it has been for me – and this lady seems perfectly happy on a lounge chair in front of her large TV! That must be a TV Guide in her hands!!

I thought catching a few rays on the roof was a perfectly acceptable Staycation activity!

I adore this card! This is what city living is all about!! I ink blended the sky directly on a white card base using HA Fruit Punch, Creamsicle, and Lemon Drop reactive inks, and a little touch of Pumice Stone Distress ink towards the bottom for a little ‘haze’! I die-cut the skyline from a piece of light grey card stock using an old Darice Citiscapes background die, colored the buildings with alcohol markers and traced in the windows with a white gel pen. I die cut a piece of fun foam and glued that behind my buildings and then glued them to the card front.

I sketched out my rooftop on more Neenah 80# card stock and colored it with my alcohol markers and attached that to the card front with more foam tape. I stamped Dad, the plant and the pot on Bristol Smooth card stock, colored them with my Zig markers and die-cut them out. I did trim away the original pot from the plant and inserted the fronds into the big empty pot – that felt more like an outdoor pot to me. I attached those to the card front with foam tape. LOVING the depth and dimension here!

I did stamp the “Greetings From” sentiment in the center of the sky using Memento Tuxedo Black ink. In lieu of a Staycation pun, I decided to actually document the unique summer we are all living through with a “Staycation 2020” sentiment. I created this using my Silhouette software and the Brady Bunch Remastered font and had my Silhouette Portrait cut it out along with a few extra blanks. I glued three of those together and mounted them with more foam tape. Unfortunately, we are not actually allowed on our rooftop, but we lived in a building in midtown where there was roof access, and lots of folks took advantage of that extra little bit of sunshine available. Love this card!

I have another backyard Staycation to create using an actual die cut picket fence!

It’s amazing how much space you lose going from 6″ wide to 5″ wide! I colored the background panel with alcohol markers for the grass and ink blended the sky and clouds using the Mini Cloud stencil and Hero Hues Splash Reactive ink. I die-cut that panel with a Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangle die, mounted it to a blue-green mat and glued those down to a white card base. I die-cut the fence from a scrap of white card stock and a piece of fun foam, glued them together and added a touch of shadow on the pickets.

I stamped Mom and the Kids and the cat on Bristol Smooth card stock, colored them with my Zig markers, and die-cut them with their matching dies. I glued the cat flat to the card front and added Mom and the kids with foam tape. I die-cut the greetings die from white card stock, glued that to some Jet Black card stock and fussy-cut the shadow. I stamped the ‘happy place’ stamp with Memento ink and mounted the die-cut sentiment with foam tape. Phew! I think I got a much better result with that tent on this card, and the fence works well with all the other dimension. I also like all the red hair! Very similar to the postcard, but two completely different looks!

I did my window sketch on Neenah 80# card stock thinking I would color it all in with my Spectrum Noir Alcohol markers… but I was wary of starting every time I looked at it!

I stamped Dad on the card stock with Memento black ink and shifted the baseboard up a bit to accommodate the hammock. I started this piece coloring the outdoors. Here’s a pic and the markers I used.

Then I tackled the walls and the floor, trying to get a smooth and even application (note that the wall in MY living room is NOT beige!).

Lastly, I colored dad and the hammock. Funny how you use the most markers for the smallest details in your image!

I did finally wrap up the coloring using IG1 and BG1 to define the windows. I die cut my colored panel with my LFSRDie, added a thin black mat and a thin brown mat and glued them all to a white card base. I stamped the “greetings from” over the window using Memento ink and added another Staycation 2020 die-cut (three layers) on the floor.

I know I don’t have curtains in the windows – we have top down, bottom up pleated blinds in our windows at home, but I just couldn’t bear to cover up any of my coloring! I’m not very confident or proficient at coloring with alcohol markers, so I was very pleased at how well this came out! I did think about the possibility of putting a vellum ‘shade’ in the top of the windows… it would provide appropriate covering and still let you see what’s outside. I thought about it. I was probably overthinking. I like it like this!

The other all-wood wall unit background I made with the television wouldn’t work with this set because it had no floor… I suppose I could have strung the hammock from side to side, but wait a minute… How about this?

Not only do I use the Summer Twilight Palette ink pad, but I also use stamps from the first MMH kit I ever bought! Using a simple grass mask, I ink blended the sky using the six colors in our palette. I just used a small blending brush to pick up ink from the individual pads on the palette. Definitely a Summer Twilight! I ink blended the grass using Key Lime Fizz and Green Apple Reactive inks. The trees are stamps from the May 2018 MMH kit stamped with HA Sand Stone and Cocoa inks. I stamped them repeatedly using my MISTI to get them to cover up the background. I die-cut the colored background with a LFSRDie, mounted that to a black wood-grain mat, and glued it down to a white card base.

I stamped Dad in his hammock on Bristol Smooth card stock and colored him with my Zig markers. I colored the hammock and his skin first, and was struck with how summer-y this white outfit was, so I added a little shading and left it at that. I die-cut him out and trimmed away the hammock stand. Then all you have to do is cover the stray hammock stand stamp lines with a white gel pen. I like this stamp without the stand!!

Taking a cue from Dad’s ‘tennis whites’, I die-cut the “greetings from” die using white card stock and Pitch Black card stock and glued them together offset a little for the suggestion of a shadow. I stamped the sentiment in the grass using VersaMark ink and embossed it with white embossing powder. I glued the sentiment in the branches and mounted Dad with some foam tape. I totally love this card! I was so pleased to be able to use the ink pad, and I think all the ‘whites’ go together on this colorful background brilliantly!

That’s all folks! That’s my 10 cards inspired by the My Monthly Hero August 2020 Kit.

We’ve got five postcards and five greeting cards. I did use every single stamp in this stamp set (and a few more!) And I even used the Palette ink pad. We’ve got 4 Dads, 3 Moms, and 2 Kids… that seems about right!! No real puns but I do love my Staycation 2020 “logo”! It was fun working in a slightly different format with the postcards, and I think we have a unique variety of cards here. I had a ton of fun with each and every one of these, and I hope you like them as much as I do! Let me know which one(s) are your favorite!

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10 Cards 1 Kit | Love From Lizi August 2020 “Enjoy the Little Things” Card Kit

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Hello Folks! Scott here with my 10 cards featuring the Love From Lizi August 2020 Card Kit. Lizi calls this the “Enjoy the Little Things” Card Kit, and we get all sorts of little things in this kit to help us make an amazing assortment of cards!

As usual, I do take the five sheets of card stock included in the kit, cut them in half and score them make my 10 card bases. Sometimes, when I’m looking for inspiration, the color of my card base will give me ideas for a card!

One of our pattern papers appeared to be a miniature cut-apart sheet, but upon closer examination, it looks like two pre-made collages ready for a card front!

I simply can’t resist a good quote from Dr. Seuss! I cut the left half of that pattern paper down to size (3″ x 5″ – I just trimmed off the smaller top images). I stamped the sentiment on a piece of vellum using Deep Purple Archival ink and embossed that with some clear embossing powder. I trimmed the vellum to 3/4″ wide, wrapped that around the collage panel and secured it to the back. I glued that down to a dark purple mat from my stash.

I took a 2.25″ wide piece of the tiny flower stripes pattern paper, added a thin dark purple mat behind that, and glued that down just above the center of the Lilac card base. I attached the front panel using foam tape and added some Nuvo Plum Pudding Crystal Drops (from the LFL December 2018 kit) for a final touch. I think the dark purple additions work really well with that Lilac card stock and helps keep this from being too pink..! LOVE that Dr. Seuss quote which compliments the sentiment perfectly!

Looking at all the “journaling” cut apart pieces on our cut-apart sheet, I came up with an idea that would incorporate our alpha dies and a sentiment stamp!

I cut out this lilac panel from the cut apart sheet, and stamped the sentiment using Hero Hues Grape Slush Reactive ink, and embossed that with clear embossing powder. That matches my dark purple card stock perfectly! I glued the cut apart to a thin purple mat and cut a piece of the lilac pattern paper to 3.5/8″ x 4.1/4″. I die cut the U and the R from the center of that piece before glueing it behind the cut-apart and adding another purple mat behind that. Those are all glued directly to the Grey card base.

I cut another U and R from the dark purple card stock and glued those behind the lilac letters to add a bit of an offset shadow, and mounted both letters to the card front with small pieces of foam tape. I glued strips of the grey ribbon to the top and bottom of the card base, added a single bow to the top of the ‘tag’, and finished up with three little mini-heart peel off stickers from our kit. Yes, you ARE one of a kind!! (Thank heavens!!)

You probably know that one of my goals with these 10C1K posts is to use every stamp in the included stamp set on my 10 cards… Let’s keep using up those sentiments!

For this card, I cut the blue grid pattern paper to 3.75″ x 5″ and stamped the background builder stamp from our kit on that with VersaMark ink and embossed that with LFL Warm Navy embossing powder. It was pretty easy to stamp this pattern twice to fill up the background pattern paper, and that Warm Navy embossing powder has a lovely shine! I glued that to a thin dark blue mat and down to the Pale Blue card base.

I cut another piece of the blue grid pattern paper to match the gridded banner from the ephemera pack, stamped the sentiment on that with VersaMark ink and embossed that with the Warm Navy embossing powder. I glued those two banners together and added a super thin mat of the dark blue to the top and bottom before glueing those to the card front. I added a little signpost to the ‘Let’s Ride’ ephemera piece using the same dark blue card stock, and mounted the bike, the ‘sign’ and the circle ephemera pieces with foam tape. Lastly I added the Hooray file tab under the background piece on the right side of our card. It stuck out a bit on the side, but not enough to hinder going in an envelope. I really like this card and trust me, fresh air is one of the little things I truly have left to enjoy these days!

More sentiments in this stamp set…

This one makes me giggle…! I die cut the floral pattern paper with a Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangle die and matted that to a thin dark green mat and down to the Deep Green card base. I stamped the sentiment on a scrap of white card stock with VersMark ink and embossed that with the LFL Emerald City embossing powder. I trimmed that to 5/8″ wide and glued it to a thin dark green mat as well.

I glued the sentiment piece flat to the card base and added all the “moment” pieces from the kit I could round up. Three from our ephemera pack, one from the puffy sticker sheet and the ‘lovely little moments’ piece is from the piece of pattern paper I trimmed away from card one! All but the sticker are mounted with foam tape, and I added three mini heart peel offs to the pattern paper piece. Like I said… this makes me giggle – I love each and every moment collected here!

This next card is dedicated to Lizi…!! Since the alpha dies in our kit are all boxy capitals, I thought I’d try something out…

With some careful partial die-cutting, I was able to die cut this “SWEETY” from a piece of mauve glitter card stock from my stash leaving a thin line of card stock holding all the pieces together. There are some dies on the market that do this with some sentiments, but I thought we could accomplish the same thing with our alpha dies! This glitter card stock is DCWV Glitzy Glitter cardstock stack and the ‘pink’ glitter matched the roof of our bakery here almost perfectly!!

I cut more of the flower stripes pattern paper to 5.5″ x 3.25″ and glued that down to the Pale Blue card base. I cut thin strips of that glitter paper and glued them along the top and bottom edges of the pattern paper. I glued my die-cut “SWEETIE” to the pattern paper and stamped the sentiment using Aged Mahogany Distress Oxide ink and embossed that with clear embossing powder – another great match! I added the bakery ephemera piece with foam tape, cut a little glitter mat for the puffy sun sticker, and glued those peeking out from behind the building. A few pink sequins from our sequin mix and we have a fun, glittery card that completes the “hello there” sentiment perfectly!! This one’s for LIZI!!

I was determined to use some of those word ovals from our cut apart sheet…

I think we all need love and fun in every day… not to mention MAGIC!! All of the mats on this card are cut from some watercolor card stock that I colored with the Nuvo Lunar Rocket Shimmer Powder from our kit – nice and shiny! I cut the matching pattern paper to 3″ x 5.5″and glued that to our Grey card base. I edged the top and bottom with thin strips of the Lunar Rocket watercolor paper. I stamped the sentiment using VersaMark ink and embossed that with the LFL Silver Dollar embossing powder.

I fussy cut the two ovals from our cut apart sheet and added Lunar Rocket mats behind both of those as well as the “Magic” ephemera piece. A few sequins by the sentiment and on the ephemera piece finish out this card. I love the “seeker of everyday magic” and the shimmer mats actually provide a lot of sparkle to this card!

I have to admit, this next card was inspired by my incessant need to crack a joke!

I cut a piece of off-white card stock to 5.3/8″ x 4.1/8″ and stamped the sentiment using the purple section of the HA Ombre stamp pad from the My Monthly Hero December 2019 Kit. I traced the placement of the flower shop ephemera piece in the middle over the sentiment and stamped all the greenery and flower stamps coming out around the shop. I spaced the stamps out around the shop by stamping each stamp at least 3 times and continuing with more stamps until I filled in the whole square. All of these are stamped using the same Ombre ink pad and a variety of Hero Arts ink cubes. I used every image stamp here except the heart ones and the smallest rose.

I added a strip of dark purple card stock to anchor my shop, mounted the ephemera shop with foam tape, and glued the panel to a white card base. This was a very fun way of using all those small botanic stamps in our stamp set and, though not quite a pun, this is still a funny way of illustrating that sentiment!

That covers the seven sentiments in our stamp set! In my unboxing of this kit, I said those stamps were perfect for making wreaths… let’s experiment with that…

It seems I can’t get through most of my card kits these days with out a Miss You card…!! Oh so true!! This “wreath” started with the heart branch and grew from there… I used my Ombre stamp pad, and I did stamp the two smaller hearts on top of the heart branch to create more of a flower feel, and thought that worked pretty well, but, as is often the case, I couldn’t stop myself and soon filled this whole wreath all they way to the center. I do use my homemade wreath builder template, but I have to admit, it doesn’t give us much of a wreath when the whole circle is filled in, so I grabbed the empty chair ephemera piece to be the center of our stamping.

I die cut the stamped piece, a pattern paper mask and a dark green mask using my Hero Arts Nesting Circles Infinity dies, cut out the letters from the center of the pattern paper and the dark green circles, and then glued the circles all together. The dark green letters are offset behind the pattern paper letters and glued together. The matted stamping is glued to the Deep Green card base and the letters are glued along the edges. I mounted the ephemera chair using foam tape and added some LFL Green Glitter peel offs around the green mat and down the left side of the card front for a little sparkle. The thinnest pin stripe peel offs with often hold a curved shape if you burnish them down firmly! Pink and Green! Okay… Lilac and Green, but close enough! My furniture misses your butt!!

This IS the “Enjoy the Little Things” kit… I thought of a way to use that sentiment again!

Pattern paper cut with a LFSRD, matted to a thin white mat and glued to the last Lilac card base. Sentiment stamped on a scrap of white card stock using Seedless Preserves Distress Oxide ink and embossed with clear embossing powder. I trimmed the sentiment to 5/8″ wide, cut three more and glued them all together for some chip-board like dimension. I die-cut four of these 2″ circles using my circle dies and glued them all together as well. Everything is glued to the card front and all the “little things” are gathered from the puffy sticker sheet and arranged on the circle die-cut. I like the smallest piece… the center round sticker is a ‘home’ button! Perfect!!

Okay, I have one more chance to make an actual wreath from all these stamps!

Again, I used my wreath builder template and the HA ombre stamp pad, and started with the heart branch stamp, though this time, I didn’t bother to try to make the hearts into flowers. You can get a small curve going on that heart branch which helps a lot. I believe I got to the last few stamps I hadn’t used yet with this wreath – there’s the big heart and that tiny rose. The little blue dots I stamped using my Micro Applicator brushes. I stamped the dotted hearts border from the add-on Borders stamp set using a Hero Arts Cotton Candy ink cube. I trimmed my stamped wreath to 4″ x 5.25″, glued that to a thin dark blue mat, and down to my last white card base.

I attached a double bow tied from the green satin ribbon, and the ephemera sentiment and heart are mounted using foam tape. Some extra sequins from our kit fill in this wreath quite nicely! I believe “Let’s Hang Out” is as close to a pun as I can get this month! I will definitely remember that I have these small organic stamps and they should come in quite handy anytime I have the need for some wreaths!

And that’s my 10 cards featuring the Love From Lizi August 2020 Card Kit. I don’t know if you noticed, but I made all of these cards without using any black! I didn’t start out avoiding black but as I went along, it became one of my guiding goals for the cards!

This proved to be much more fun than I initially thought it would be…! We have a great variety of sentiments and a good assortment of designs. No real puns this month, but I did manage a couple of light chuckles! I love the alpha dies and the little botanical stamps should prove very useful! Yes, there’s plenty of pink here, but I think it’s tempered a little by the Lilac and Mauve… I really LOVE the flower shop card – Plenty of flowers for you botanists out there!

I did use every stamp in this stamp set (WOO-HOO!) and the background builder stamp, and one of the add on border stamps. I used eight of the 16 sheets of pattern paper, I used a few pieces from the cut apart sheet, some of the puffy stickers, and a few peel offs too. I did use a little bit of everything in our embellishment bag – some shimmer powder, some sequins, the alpha dies, some of the satin ribbon and a good amount of the ephemera!

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