10 Cards 1 Kit | Love From Lizi January 2020 “Hey Sweetie” Card Kit

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Hello Folks! Scott here with my 10 Cards featuring the Love From Lizi January 2020 “Hello Sweetie” Card Kit. Cupcakes, donuts, cookies and biscuits are featured in this kit with a bright spring palette (lots of pink!) and tons of supplies! I apologize for being tardy with this post. I did some traveling over the holidays – a little bit of a “Second Christmas” with family in Kansas – and I’m a little slow to get back into the groove…!

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If you made a New Years resolution to shed a few pounds, then this kit might push you into a relapse with all the goodies sprinkled throughout – OH – and sprinkles too! As I always do with a LFL kit, I made card bases out of the five sheets of card stock included.

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For my first card, I fussy cut the “row of donuts” pattern paper (discarding the pink portion) and die cut it to match the the white “sprinkles” pattern paper with a Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangle die. I glued the background panel to the Pink card base, and framed that panel with some of the Lemon Yellow peel offs. I stamped the sentiment using Walnut Stain Distress Oxide ink, and embossed that with some clear embossing powder.

I did add some Glossy Accents to the ‘glazed’ portions of the donuts, and when that was dry, added that panel to the card base using foam tape. A few small sequins from our sequin mix pulls your focus towards the sentiment, and we have a nice pun-ny card with some truly appetizing donuts to temp you with! It doesn’t look like I’m going to be able to avoid the pink completely in this kit, but, hey… even Homer Simpson eats pink-frosted donuts!! With sprinkles!

We got two sheets of matte mirror specialty card stock along with an embossing folder this month, and I thought that gave us an opportunity to add a touch of classy shine.

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I die cut a piece of the Gold mirror card stock with a LFSRD and embossed that with the “falling sweeties” embossing folder – love how nicely that card stock takes the embossing! I matted that panel on a thin black mat and glued it directly to the Yellow card base. I fussy cut the bunch of “sweeties” (I believe Lizi called those little merengue cookies “sweeties”) from one of the pattern papers and cut a matching blank piece from another. I matted both squares to a thin black mat and stamped the sentiment on the blank one using VersaFine Onyx Black ink and then embossed that with more clear embossing powder. The two square panels are attached to the card front using foam tape – a single layer under the sentiment and a double layer under the sweeties. A few more sequins adds a touch of sparkle to the sentiment and I am surprised how the use of that mirror card stock takes this card beyond the simply playful and makes it a bit more classy!

Our stamp set this month has a couple of pun-ny sentiments and a great assortment of cookies. I had to play with the gingerbread man stamp first!

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I stamped the gingerbread man twice on Neenah Classic Crest Solar White  80# card stock and colored them with my Spectrum Noir alcohol markers. I used a VersaMarker pen and White embossing powder to add the ‘icing’ highlights and then fussy cut them out and glued them to a piece of the blue ‘linen’ pattern paper. I bisected the sentiment stamp and stamped that below the cookies using VersaFine ink. I marked a 2″ band behind the gingerbread men, and fussy cut the pattern paper allowing for a bit of a border around their arms and legs.

I cut the background pattern paper to 3.75″ wide and glued that to the Pale Blue card base and trimmed the edges with some Sky Blue/ Silver pin stripe peel offs from our LFL November  2019 kit, and added more peel offs to the straight edges of the Blue pattern paper. The center panel is attached to the card front with foam tape, the “linzer” cookie (from the die-cut sheet) is attached with a spot of foam tape, and has a layer of Glossy Accents on the ‘jam’. The blue satin bow adds the final touch for a fun (almost pun-ny) valentine or thank you or love you card. All of the fine detail on the cookie stamps in this set makes them nicely dimensional as well as quick and easy to color.

Due to the “smart cookie” sentiment in this kit I kind of felt like this card was a given!

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I took two of our washi tape rolls and alternated them on the Green card base for this fun striped pattern. I stamped the cookie on Neenah 80# card stock, colored it with my Spectrum Noir markers and fussy cut it out. I die-cut a piece of Ivory card stock with a Darice nesting circle die and curved the sentiment using my stamp platform to match the circle and stamped the sentiment using VersaFine Onyx Black ink. I matted that on a thin black mat and mounted it to the card front with foam tape.

I couldn’t resist putting glasses on this cookie, since I had a perfect stamp from the Simon Says Stamp Some Bunny stamp set that was featured with their March 2017 kit. Stamped and colored in black, I cut them out with a craft knife and glued them to the cookie. These google eyes fit perfectly, and make me laugh! I attached the cookie using more foam tape, and added a couple strips of the peel offs and a few sequins to finish off this fun card! I know the whole glasses/smart thing is a stereotype… but it’s always fun to anthropomorphize food items!

We had that one “chocolate” sentiment in our set, but actual chocolates were sparsely represented in this kit, so I dug around in my stash for some chocolate-y card stock.

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I found this Rich Copper card stock from the My Monthly Hero September 2019 Kit and it looks good enough to eat! I wanted some sprinkles for the background, but the pattern paper sprinkles thinned out towards the bottom of the page, so I used the sprinkles washi tape to create a ‘frame’ background on the pink card base. I just laid out the 4 sides of the tape frame 1/4″ from the edge of the card front and mitered the corners. I did divide this sentiment stamp and embossed the “You’re sweet” portion here using the LFL Very Vanilla embossing powder. I die-cut the ‘chocolate’ card stock with a LFSRD, matted that on a thin white mat and glued it directly on top of the washi tape frame.

I fussy cut the tower of cookies from one of the pattern papers, and fussy cut five of the small chocolate wafers from another. I added a touch of Glossy accents to the small cookies (looks more like chocolate!) and added all the pieces using foam tape.IMG_6955 I did complete this sentiment on the inside of the card, stamping the sentiment with Walnut Stain Distress Oxide ink and embossing that with more clear embossing powder. This feels about as chocolate-y as I could get with this kit to go along with this sentiment!

I  have one more sentiment from our stamp set to use, and lots of cookies to go along!

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I stamped all the rest of the cookie stamps on Neenah 80# card stock, colored them all with Spectrum Noir markers and fussy cut them out. The “digestive” cookie on the far right is stamped on kraft card stock using Walnut Stain Distress Oxide ink and embossed with clear embossing powder for a little chocolate-y shine. I added some of our Nuvo Drops to the center of the biggest cookie and spots of enamel dots on two others, and some Spectrum Noir sparkle pen to the crackle cookie and tiny tart and set them aside to dry.

I cut a 1.75″ width of the ‘linen’ pattern paper and glued that to the middle of a white card base, and added peel offs to the edges. I took a strip of the shaped washi tape, cut it right down the middle and added that to the top and bottom edges of the card front. I stamped the sentiment using VersaFine ink and embossed that with clear embossing powder. Then I glued the small cookies down to the card front and attached the  larger cookies using foam tape. Kudos to Lizi for giving us a good pun this month!

That actually covers all the stamps in this stamp set! Let’s take a look at our dies!

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Using some E6000 spray adhesive, I covered the front of a pale Blue card base with the printed tissue paper and set that aside to dry. I die cut the frame from our matte silver specialty card stock using two LFSRDs and added a thin mat to the “Birthday wishes” die cut banner in silver too. I die cut the cupcake from Neenah 110# card stock and colored the pieces with my alcohol markers. I die-cut it a second time from more of the silver card stock and inset the sentiment on the frosting, and the base of the candle as well.

I added some sparkle pen highlights to the sweets on the background tissue and glued the frame directly to the card base. I die-cut a round piece of vellum to glue behind the cupcake, and mounted that and the banner with foam tape. The banner seemed a touch odd just sitting there below the frame, so I did add a short piece of silver cord along the top. That’s really a great cupcake die and I think that’ll get a lot of use over the years!

The “Best Wishes” die looks nice too, and I still have some ‘chocolate’ card stock!

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I die-cut a piece of the blue patter paper (plenty of pink on that too!) matched up with a 2″ wide piece of the blue ‘linen’ pattern paper using a LFSRD, glued them together and matted them to a thin ‘chocolate’ mat before gluing all down to a white card base. I added thin strips of the ‘chocolate’ card stock to the top and bottom of the linen strip as well. I die cut the sentiment from back card stock twice and the ‘chocolate’ card stock once and glued all three together to make this chunky sentiment.

The “linzer” cookie was removed from its clothespin, the heart enameled with the Hero Arts Glitter Lacquer pen, and some sparkle pen was added on the cookie for that special sugar effect! I glued the stacked sentiment to the middle of the panel, IMG_6951and just had to cut up one more sentiment to finish this card out. On the inside, I stamped “Sweetie” (from the “Hey Sweetie” stamp) using Walnut stain Distress Oxide ink and more clear embossing powder. I think that helps justify a cookie / sweet treats card sporting a Best Wishes sentiment. Unless you might want to give this card to a friend starting a new diet! Is that mean?

I have some extra pieces from the silver frame card and the ‘chocolate’ field on the ‘You’re sweet’ card so let’s not let them go to waste!

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The silver piece is from the inside of the silver frame, and the ‘chocolate’ frame is from the outside of the “You’re sweet” panel, so they fit together perfectly. I embossed the silver panel using the embossing folder, and glued that and the frame to the yellow card base. The cookie is one of the stickers glued down to a scrap of card stock and fussy cut – the heart is enameled with Glossy Accents, and some Hero Arts Prisma Glitter (from the MMH October 2019 kit) was added for a little touch of sugar sparkle.

I created this sentiment using my Silhouette software and the Sign Painter font, and printed that on a piece of photo paper to make it nice and shiny. That is a bit of a paraphrase of a Cookie Monster quote! The cookie and sentiment are attached to the card front with foam tape, and this makes quite a dear friendship card!

Though we had a couple of nice puns in our stamp set, I couldn’t resist just one more!

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LOVE THIS PUN!! Perfect card for any loved one who has a doughnut obsession..! This card kind of turned into a referendum on different glazing mediums. I “glazed” the white donut using a Hero Arts clear lacquer pen, and the other two donuts using theNuvo Morning Dew Crystal Drops, and, of course, Glossy Accents for the sentiment.  It’s always a bit of a crap-shoot when trying to “glaze” such large surfaces on a card. The Hero Arts lacquer pen worked very well and leveled out nicely but developed some light wrinkles when dry. The Nuvo Drops flowed easier but didn’t level off particularly well. All dried perfectly clear, and gave me the “glazed” effect I was going for.

I die-cut the yellow sprinkles pattern paper with a LFSRD and printed the sentiment on that using my Silhouette software and the Candara font (“you drive me”) and the Santa Fe font (Glazy). I glued that to a thin white mat and down to the last Green card base. I did take Glossy Accents to the “Glazy” portion of the sentiment and let that dry. I glued the pattern paper donuts to some scrap card stock to add some rigidity before fussy cutting all three. Those are attached to the card front with different thicknesses of foam tape. This pun never fails to bring a smile to my face!

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That’s my 10 Cards from the Love From Lizi January 2020 “Hey Sweetie” Card Kit. I did manage to use every single stamp in our stamp set this month. WOO-HOO! I used 10 different pieces of our pattern paper (I have SO MUCH left) a couple of the die cut sentiment pieces, one piece of tissue paper, both the silver and gold specialty card stock, the peel offs, embossing folder, a sticker, a satin bow, all four of the washi tapes, two of our three dies and even some sequins from the mix. Looks like the only thing I didn’t use at all was one of the round Gift tags . And though I didn’t use one of the clothespins (VERY chunky), I did use a decoration FROM one of the pegs! I thought the sentiments were pretty fun this month and the cookie stamps are quite nice and lend themselves to many different stamping methods!

As of posting this kit is still available at LoveFrom Lizi.com. If I have managed to inspire your imagination or titilate your sweet tooth, please use my links when you go shopping with Lizi! It is truly appreciated and helps support this page!

Thank you so much for sharing your time with me here, I’ll be back in the swing of things shortly…! Thank heavens Lizi is delaying the release of the February kit due to the Creativision trade show in Phoenix… that will help! Please share this post with others who might be interested, and don’t forget to Like me, List me, Pin me, Post me, and remember… It’s hard to be sad when you’re eating a cookie! HAPPY CRAFTING!!

10 Cards 1 Kit | My Monthly Hero December 2019 Kit

Hello Folks!! Scott here with my 10 Cards 1 Kit post featuring the My Monthly Hero December 2019 Kit. Sorry this is a little tardy this month… holidays, you know! Screen Shot 2019-12-16 at 8.39.34 PMHero Arts is celebrating the diversity of our beloved (yet stressed) planet Earth this month with this lovely 6″ x 8″ stamp set with a stunning (and large) “Earth Goddess” stamp. I think this must be the largest image stamp I’ve seen in a MMH kit in the couple years I’ve been a subscriber. Really beautiful! She is complimented with an earth, a tree, a pair of fish, a peace sign and a few sentiments sized to fit in the crook of her arm. There’s also a pair of hands, some birds, flowers and clouds to round things out.

We do get 18 coordinating frame cuts to die-cut all the images, a new Earth Palette Reactive Ink pad (LOVE IT!) and a pack of Green Biodegradable Glitter. VERY interesting! I’m tempted to toss some in a glass of water and see what happens!! Finally we are treated to five little mini brushes – I find these most useful for super small glue or paste or more permanent media details since they aren’t much good after a single use or two. Though I’m not overly thrilled with all the sentiments here, I do think this is one of the most interesting and unique kit I’ve ever received from Hero Arts!

So, of course, I just couldn’t resist grabbing that big Goddess stamp and plunging right in!

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I stamped this (and all the other cards this month) on Bristol smooth card stock using VersaFine Onyx Black ink and I embossed this stamp with clear embossing powder. I rarely emboss stamps I’m going to color, but for some reason I thought it was very appropriate for this stamp. WOW! I LOVE the shine that gives to this entire image! I don’t know why I don’t do that more often! I reached for my Stabilo pens to color this whole image and just worked my way around from the ‘water’ to the ‘fire’. I really like how vivid those Stabilo markers are, and, with a little water, they move on the Bristol smooth card stock super easily!

I wasn’t sure what image I wanted to put in her arms, so I went ahead and stamped, embossed and colored the earth, the fish, the tree, and the peace sign in the exact same way. Of course, the earth won out..! I cut out my stamped panel with a Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangle die and  glued that to a white card base. I fussy cut the Earth (the die in the kit leaves a small border around that stamp), added a little Spectrum Noir Sparkle pen to the oceans, and mounted that in her arms with some foam tape.

Wow WOw WOW! LOVE this so very much! The shine from the embossing makes her feel very ethereal, and I love the buck and deep blue oceans on the earth..! I couldn’t bring myself to add a sentiment to the front of this card, and I was in a bit of a celebratory IMG_6908mood after making this, so I turned to my Silhouette Software to create the sentiment on the inside. “You GO Gaia” is printed on a scrap of card stock using the Typewriter Hand font and die-cut with my smallest LFSRD. In Greek mythology, Gaia, is the personification of the Earth and one of the Greek primordial deities. Gaia is the ancestral mother of all life: the primal Mother Earth goddess. This does echo the classic “you go girl!” which made it seem all the more appropriate for this card! I LOVE THIS!

Bit of a side-bar here… After much consternation and debate over prices, I treated myself to a ream of Neenah Classic Crest Solar White 110# card stock. I have experimented with MANY heavy-weight card stocks over the last few years, and ALL were much cheaper than the Neenah… but I have to admit you get what you pay for. This Neenah card stock is smooth as butter, bright white, scores and folds beautifully, goes through my printer with no problem and it is luxuriously thick. A ream of 250 sheets stands about 3.75″ tall! All my white card bases this month (and for the foreseeable future) are Neenah!

Though I kind of felt like I had “Mastered this Kit with a Single Card”, I do have a few other ideas, and I did have three more of the round images already colored…

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One of my favorite “peace” quotes of all time! I printed this sentiment on a Neenah card base using my Silhouette Software and the Typewriter Hand font again. I was very pleased that the 110# Neenah would go through my printer using my ‘piggy-back’ printing method! You can review my technique for Printing Unique Sentiments for your  cards here: https://cardcutups.com/2017/07/18/printing-sentiments-for-cards/.

I fussy cut the (stamped, colored and embossed) peace sign (very carefully) with a craft knife, and mounted it to the card front with thin foam pieces.IMG_6910 I thought this unique stamp was cool enough to hold it’s own on the front of a card – and is very appropriate with this quote that I do attribute on the inside of the card. Plain yet powerful!

The fish stamp seemed very “Yin/Yang” to me – whether it was intended to or not, so I did color that stamp as if it was a Yin/Yang symbol – basically just reversing the colors from one fish to the other. I added a touch of light blue in the background, and die-cut them using the circle die in the kit.

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Now, I have seen LOTS of spinner cards and rotating cards and window cards using this set coming from a lot of the HA design team – obviously, this kit lends itself to those type of interactive cards, but I wanted to try something just a little bit different. I stamped the hands on a piece of Bristol smooth card stock cut to 3.5″ x 5.5″ and printed this sentiment using my Silhouette Software and the Smoothie Shoppe and Arial fonts. A simple hole punched in the middle to connect the spinning wheel to the fish. I used a stitched circle die to cut the spinner and stamped the arrows using the MFT Interactive Labels stamp set, and punched a finger-notch on the left side right in line with my center hole.

I ink blended the edges of that panel with Hero Arts Splash Reactive ink and a mini ink blending tool, and added a couple strips of pattern paper (from the Sizzix Geometrics 6″ x 12″ Cardstock Pad) down the two sides of my white card base. I attached the spinner to the fish with a brad through the center hole, and used foam tape to attach the panel to the card front leaving room for the spinner to rotate. I think these fish were just begging to ‘swim around’ (pun intended!) and this is a fairly surprising and unique interactive card with a poignant and useful sentiment!

I still have that tree stamp colored, embossed and die-cut that I haven’t used yet …

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And here we break into that Biodegradable Glitter! I cut a frame from some adhesive backed card stock using two LFSRDs and covered the adhesive with glitter. I burnished it down quite vigorously, but this glitter is super fine and still sheds a little bit..! I also die cut a slightly larger circle than the tree and covered that with glitter before gluing it behind my tree die-cut for a matching mat. I did print this sentiment on a Neenah card base using the Typewriter hand font and glued the frame to the card front and added theIMG_6913 matted tree with some foam tape. Of course there is more to this sentiment than just “Be a Tree”… I printed the rest of this sentiment on the inside of the card using my Silhouette software and the same font. Very good advice for most anybody at most anytime! And I think this is particularly appropriate with this stamp that shows the roots of the tree!

We also had nine little flower, leaf and stick stamps in this kit, and I kept thinking…

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I really like the hand stamps in this kit – pretty versatile – and any plant that blooms with three different flowers is damn precious!! I stamped everything using only a mask for the hand – I simply stamped all the foliage as close together as possible. I colored these with my Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers, stamped and clear embossed the sentiment (after I removed the “so take care!”) and die cut that panel with a LFSRD.

I swiped the Earth Palette reactive ink pad on a piece of Bristol smooth card stock and blended the colors together with a paintbrush and a little water – the brownish stripe behind the sentiment happened when the purple went over the light green – it matches the stick part of our ‘plant’ nicely so I let it be! I die cut the background with another LFSRD and glued it directly to a Neenah card base. I matted the image panel with a thin black mat and added that to the card front with foam tape.

Once this was all together, I felt it was still missing something, so I stamped the little bird on a scrap of Bristol smooth card stock, colored and die-cut it out. I did try to make the bird look like a Meadowlark. I like the sense of movement that comes from die-cutting the bird (when none of the other images are die cut) and I love the matching ombre background! Precious, indeed!

We also have dies for all those little incidental stamps (and hands!) in this month’s kit…

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I stamped everything on Bristol smooth card stock, colored all with my Zig markers, and die cut everything with the matching dies. I stamped and clear embossed the sentiment on a Neenah card base and arranged all my die cuts on top. The foliage is glued directly to the card front and the hands and butterfly are mounted with foam tape. A thin strip cut from the scraps of my ombre background adds a final touch of color to our abundant cornucopia of nature being offered up. Fun and colorful, this is a great way to use all the little incidental stamps included with this kit. And those hands are really versatile!

Speaking of versatile, I had another interactive card idea to go along with a bit of a pun…

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I stamped the hands together masking the right one before stamping the left, colored them with my Zig markers and die cut those with a plain circle die. I swiped the Earth Palette reactive ink pad on a scrap of watercolor paper and blended them out with more water – that gave me more of a ‘brush’ texture on the watercolor paper versus the smooth blending on the Bristol smooth card stock. I cut that down to a 3″ square and used my corner choppers to round the corners. Again, I poked a hole in the center of a Neenah card base, die cut a 4.25″ circle for the spinner, stamped the arrows and attached the spinner to the watercolor background through the center hole. I added the hands to the watercolor piece with foam tape, and took some thin heart washi tape from my stash to run across the top and bottom of this card front. I added a finger notch to the right side this time and attached the front panel to a Neenah card base using foam tape.

There’s the pun! (I couldn’t resist!) LOL! I printed the inside sentiment using my Silhouette software and the Henny Penny font. The Neenah card stock takes the print so well…  nice and clean and very sharp. I’m extra thrilled with this card stock knowing that I can print on it! And I really like that the whole ‘square’ rotates and I think that’s a little bit of a surprise. A great interactive congratulations card! Makes me laugh!

I can’t do 10 cards with this kit and NOT do one more Earth Goddess stamp…! Let’s try her on some Kraft card stock and break out the colored pencils!

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I hadn’t used the large bird stamp or the clouds yet, so I added them to this card front using VersaFine Onyx Black ink and colored everything with my Prismacolor Colored Pencils. A little more subdued than the first card, but I think every bit as beautiful! I colored the bird in a bit of a parakeet motif and even added some of the twine along the spine tied in a simple bow. IMG_6920Again, no sentiment on the front, so you know I’m going to have something to say on the inside. I love this “Unleash your inner Goddess” sentiment! I printed that on a scrap of ivory card stock using the Brushgyo and Arial fonts, die cut that panel with a LFSRD and added it to the inside of the card. Another fun, colorful encouragement card for all the “Goddesses” in your life! I know there has to be a few! Though it does takes some time to color, I really love that stamp!

A lot of the ‘environmental’ sentiments in this kit didn’t particularly catch my eye – I had a hard time figuring out who I would send a card to that says “One world is enough for all of us” – a feuding neighbor? An estranged relative? A mortal enemy? Might as well try to laugh it up a little bit!

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I stamped the four images and the sentiment on Bristol smooth card stock and colored them with my Zig markers and die-cut them all with the matching circle die. I did fussy-cut the earth and glued it to a thin velum mat. I used a 1″ and 1/2″ paper punch to punch out the blue and green dots using the HA Neon card stock from the October 2019 Kit. The punched dots are glued to a Neenah card base, the sentiment, tree, fish and bird are mounted with foam tape, and the earth is mounted with a double layer of foam tape. Though I didn’t realize it at the time, this was the perfect card to add some of the blue and green ‘droplet’ embellishments we got in our MMH March 2019 kit. IMG_6922Perfect match! But what’s the joke you may be asking? You have to open the card to see, silly! “Mulch this card” makes me giggle every time I say it! I printed this on the inside of the card base using the Marguaritas font and the Calibri font. I thought about “Recycle this card” but I think Mulch is a much funnier word! AND it also implies that we’re returning something to the Earth! Protect the Earth!

I have used all the image stamps in this kit (many of them twice!) but there is one more sentiment stamp that I wanted to use, and I’m going to go outside the stamp set (but staying with Hero Arts) for the image on my last card.

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This is the Hero Arts From the Vault Earth stamp that I was so happy to receive for Christmas this year! That is one of my favorite “From the Vault” stamps that Hero Arts has re-released in honor of their 45th anniversary. (I asked Santa for this stamp long before I knew that this kit would have an earth stamp too!) I love the size of this stamp and the vintage dot patterns swirling through the oceans and land masses. This stamp is so detailed that it only needs a  little bit of color to bring it to life! I stamped that on some of my Neenah 110# card stock and colored it with my Spectrum Noir markers before fussy-cutting it out. I did trace the cut edges with my Memento Tuxedo Black Dual Marker and added some thick foam dots on the back. I stamped the sentiment on the same paper and die-cut it with the coordinating die, and inked the edges with a little Black Soot Distress Ink, and added thin foam dots behind that piece.

On watercolor paper, I created my “galaxy” using Brusho Black powdered pigments with some water, and let that dry thoroughly before ink blending in some Hero Arts Creamsicle, Blue Raspberry, and Taffy reactive inks. When that dried, I ink blended more of the Black Soot Distress ink all the way around the painted “galaxy”, and then spattered some Permanent White Gouache for the stars and then spattered some of my Spectrum Noir Sparkle pen for a little touch of glitter. I die cut the galaxy with a LFSRD and glued that to a Neenah card base, and mounted the two circles with foam tape. Now there’s a truly useful sentiment from this kit! A Valentine for your favorite astronomer, maybe? I really like this card and I love that Earth stamp from the vaults at Hero Arts!

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That’s my 10 cards using the My Monthly Hero December 2019 Kit. I was tempted to throw in the towel after just five cards, but I soldiered on and am very pleased with the nice variety of cards I achieved. A sweet batch of encouragement cards with a Valentine or two thrown in for good measure! I am still impressed with that Earth Goddess stamp, and am particularly pleased with how colorful all these cards came out.

This kit is still available at Hero Arts! http://shrsl.com/21ba3  If I have managed to ignite your imagination or inspire an idea or two from you, please use my links when you go shopping at Hero Arts. It is always greatly appreciated! Thank you so much for sharing your time with me here… your support and encouragement is what keeps me inspired!

I have now actually completed a full year of MMH kits! WOO-HOO! (PHEW!) I am still enjoying my subscription, and I really love getting feedback and hearing from all the Hero Arts fans out there! Please remember to Like me, List me, Pin me, Post me, share me with all your friends (and enemies!), and remember… Its not nice to fool Mother Nature! I am sending you and yours all my best for a Happy, Healthy, and Prosperous New Year! Happy Crafting, and see you in 2020!

Unboxing! Love From Lizi January 2020 “Hey Sweetie” Card Kit

Hello Folks! Scott here unboxing the new Love From Lizi January 2020 Card Kit! This kit is  the “Hey Sweetie” card kit and is packed with tons of treats from cookies to donuts, cakes, pies, gems and some proper English biscuits!

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I thought we were suppose to give our sweeties up for our New Years resolutions!? If we can’t eat ’em, then at least we can craft with them! Everything in this kit is curated to be totally coordinated – papers, stickers, die-cuts, – even an embossing folder!

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As always, we get 5 sheets of 8.5″ x 11″ card stock in Green, alcohol marker-friendly White, Pale Blue, Pink, and Yellow. In addition to those, we get two sheets of specialty card stock in Gold and Silver matte mirror. I always love Lizi’s specialty card stocks! For a new and unique item this month we get two full-sized sheets of printed tissue paper – a large ‘sprinkles’ print in color, and an outline print of assorted sweets in a soft brown. Very interesting – and unique!

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This month we get a sheet of Lemon Yellow Glitter Straight Peel-offs – a new color in the ‘Straight’ shape; and we get a die-cut Sentiment Sheet with 14 different sentiments ready to pop out and use. Sprinkled with Love, indeed!

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And look at this pattern paper! Sweeties galore! 6″ x 6″ pattern papers that coordinate with our card stock sheets and come in small patterns, large patterns, subtle and bold patterns – I got 25 sheets in my kit! And they are all double-sided!

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I think there may be a repeat in here… but if a pattern repeats in these papers, then it usually has a different background color. TONS of pattern paper! (plenty of pink as well!)

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Thank brings us to the “Hey Sweetie” stamp set! This 4″ x 8″ clear stamp set features 9 difference treats and six accompanying sentiments – with a fun little pun! WOO-HOO! That’s a nice large gingerbread man stamp, and the cookies look scrumptious! We are also treated to an embossing folder this month! A 6″ x 6″ cascade of cakes and cupcakes raining down upon us all! Again… perfectly coordinating with this entire kit!

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Another treasure trove of unique items in our embellishment bag this month! Four round printed tags in large and small circles, 10 rather larger stickers (2 each of 5 designs) of cakes, cookies, donuts, cupcakes and biscuits! Perfect for a scrapbook page! Then we have our sample pack of the “Hey Sweetie” sequin mix with a really pretty iridescent blue, and (of course) some shiny pink! We get another new bottle of Nuvo Glitter Drops this month in “Enchanting Pink” – lots of glitter there but I’m not necessarily ‘enchanted’..!!

We get four clothes-pins (short, yet wide) with cardboard treats attached on top, and twenty satin bows in yellow and white and pink and blue and purple… I do wish there was matching ribbon..! We are treated to four rolls of Washi Tape this month! A very thin pink, a blue background with colored treats, a wide “shaped” washi with all round treats and tarts, and a yellow background with sprinkles! Perfectly matching everything in this kit!  Last, but not least, we do get three dies this month! A Birthday cupcake with “Make a Wish” in the icing, a “Best Wishes” sentiment die and a Frosted Donut die with little sprinkle impressions..! A well appointed and coordinated batch of embellishments!!

IMG_6904Of course, Lizi has all sorts of add ons and new releases to go along with this card kit. I did manage to get the peel off bundle assembled to go with this kit. It includes sheets of Peach/Gold Sway peel offs, White/Gold Pin Stripe peel offs, Ice Blue Pin Stripe peel offs and a Clear Pink Irridescent Straight peel offs. These all go along with this kit very nicely.

 

At posting, This kit and most of the add-ons are still available at lovefromlizi.com – including an amazing Hey Sweetie Bumper Pack with pattern papers, vellum, die cuts, alphabet stickers and so much more…! If you DO go shopping with Lizi, please use my links… it helps support this page and my YouTube channel and is ALWAYS super-appreciated!

Thank you so much for sharing your time with me here, your encouragement and support means so much to me! I am sending you and yours all my best wishes for a Happy, Healthy, Hearty and Prosperous New Year!  Please remember to Like Me, List Me, Pin Me, Post Me, share me with all your friends and remember, Don’t be too sweet, or they’ll eat you!

 

10 Cards 1 Kit | Love From Lizi December 2019 “Simple Pleasures” Card Kit

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Hello Folks! Scott here with another 10 Cards 1 Kit post using the new Love From Lizi December 2019 Card Kit. Lizi calls this the “Simple Pleasures” kit and it’s chock full of a spring-time array of pattern papers, stickers, ephemera and embellishments sporting lots of rose-gold foil highlights throughout. I think the holidays are behind us now..!

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As usual, I started by making 10 card bases from the included card stock (I did swap out a plain White from my stash for the alcohol-marker friendly White in the kit). I was really drawn to the ephemera pieces, stickers and pattern papers this month, so I started this batch with a card that almost seemed like a no-brainer to me.

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That great oval ephemera piece features that rose-gold foiling on the frame as well as on the sentiment. I loved that it matches the bottom half of this piece of pattern paper in a smaller scale. So I die-cut that panel with a Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangle die and glued it to one of the Ivory card bases. I mounted the ephemera piece to the center with some thick foam squares and framed the panel with LFL Rose-Gold mirror pin stripe peel offs. IMG_6864

I didn’t think this was an ideal sentiment all by itself, so I borrowed one of my favorite sentiments from this kit and printed that on the inside writing surface using my Silhouette software and the Rockwell (italic) font. Now, “Take time to make your soul happy” is a lovely sentiment that I can think of many uses for… I think it finishes off the “replenish” sentiment on the front very nicely! What else needs be said?

You know I’m not a big butterfly fan, but this kit included some really great butterflies!

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This is a BIG butterfly ephemera piece – nearly 3″ across – and I loved that fact that it didn’t have a white border..! I also loved this ephemera sentiment from Laura Ingalls Wilder (Little House on the Prairie!). I matted that on a piece of the dark green side of our cut apart sheet, glued it to the Yellow card front, and made a frame using the Grass Green with Gold outline peel off stickers from the kit. I glued (just the body) of the butterfly to the card base and added three Dirty Bronze Nuvo Drops (I really like those!) for a little more dimension and shine. I think I like the “old-fashioned” theme of this sentiment and can think of various uses for a card like this. And that butterfly almost seems real!

We received two large sentiment dies in our kit this month – let’s try one next!

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“Big Thanks” eclipse card! I die-cut another piece of the dark green cut apart sheet (LFSRD) and stamped a simple pattern on that with the “thank you”, “you are sweet”, and one of the flower buds using Peeled Paint Distress Oxide ink. I die cut the sentiment from the center of that background, and matted the background on a piece of the light green pattern paper before gluing it to one of the Green card bases. I added partial frames around the background on the top left and bottom right using the kit peel offs for a little sparkle. I die cut the sentiment four times from plain white card stock, and used my Multi Media Matte glue to stack them on top of each other with the die-cut pattern paper sentiment glued on top. Then it’s easy to glue that nice thick sentiment back into the die cut opening on the card front. Very pleased with how well that sentiment reads! I like the subtle, yet apparent background, and I love that this is a very masculine Thank You card!

Back to those ephemera pieces… I can’t seem to ignore them this month!

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Another groovy oval ephemera piece – though (alas) this one doesn’t have any foiling. I cut a 2″ strip of that brownish-yellow pattern paper, and two strips of the “half-dandelion” pattern paper for the top and bottom, and glued them together for the background. I ink-blended some Fossilized Amber Distress Oxide ink on the top and bottom edges of a White card base, and glued the background down in the center. I used my thick foam squares to add the oval sentiment in the middle and my thin foam squares to mount the two flower stickers on the sides (I do neutralize the sticky on the back with my powder tool). Three of those cool wooden embellishment dots adds just the right accent on this card front.IMG_6869

Again, I thought the “Be Still” sentiment could use a little extra something, so I printed “the quieter you become, the more you can hear” sentiment on the inside writing surface using my Silhouette software and the plain Geneva font. I LOVE that addition – though patently obvious, I think it’s a nice thing to be reminded of from time to time! Once more, a very masculine card that seems quite useful to me (especially these days..)!

There was one sentiment panel on our cut apart sheet and a smaller version of the same on the pattern paper cut apart that had the rose-gold foiling – the small one wins out!

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I cut out that panel and matted it on a piece of the foiled polka-dot pattern paper, and matted those to a plain white mat and then glued all three to a Burgundy card base. I neutralized the sticky on these two matching flower stickers and added them to the front with thin foam squares. With the foiled dots and sentiment, there’s plenty of sparkle here, and I think this is about as pink as I get with these 10 cards! I think this sentiment would work especially well for an anniversary or intimate valentine card!

Now I’m itching for something bolder, and that “Hello Sunshine” die is just the ticket!

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Ahhhhh…  much better!  I began this card by tracing the “Hello Sunshine” die on a piece of masking paper and fussy cutting that out to mask out the ‘shadow’ of the die cut in the center of a piece of plain white card stock die-cut with a LFSRD.  I ink blended the background using the Hero Hues inks in Lemon Drop, Creamsicle, and Fruit Punch. Then I reached for the Concord and 9th Sunshine Turnabout stamp set and embossed the rays using VersaMark ink and white embossing powder. Before removing the masking, I sprayed the background with Sheer Shimmer Mist for some all-over sparkle. Then I removed the mask to reveal the crisp white ‘shadow’ in the center.

I matted the background to a thin dark green mat (from the cut apart sheet) and glued both to a white card base. I die-cut the sentiment three times from white card stock and once from the same dark green pattern paper. I inlaid the green die cuts in the speech bubble and glued all four layers together for this chunky sentiment. I did cover the ‘Sunshine’ part of the sentiment with a Spectrum Noir sparkle pen, and glued that in the center of the ‘shadow’ on the card front. Some silver and clear gems from my stash add even more sparkle to this card front. IMG_6872There just happened to be a complimentary sentiment stamp in that Sunshine Turnabout stamp set, so I added that to the inside of this card, making this useful for graduations, sweet 16s, and many different occasions. I have to admit it was a nice diversion to punch up the colors with this card.

I did have one simple pun I was eager to use this month.

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I cut a piece of the hexagonal foil pattern paper to 1 7/8″ and matted that to a 2 1/4″ piece of the Burgundy pattern paper, and glued those to the Burgundy card base. I added strips of the LFL Rose Gold Mirror peel off stickers across the top and bottom. I mounted the potted plant ephemera piece – at almost 3.5″, that’s a big ephemera piece too – with my thick foam squares. I printed the sentiment on a scrap of white card stock using my Silhouette software and the Rockwell (italic) font, and die-cut that with a Spellbinder deckled edge rectangle die and ink blended a light touch of the Peeled Paint ink on the edges. The sentiment piece is mounted to the card front with thin foam squares and I added some sequins from our sequin mix and one tiny crystal gem from my stash for the final touch of bling. A fun pun and a great encouragement card! Pretty masculine too!

Now I get back to my favorite ‘take time to make your soul happy’ sentiment.

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I fiddled around with this card a lot. I knew I wanted to pair this sticker sentiment with the foiled sentiment pattern paper, and I tried various combinations of flowers, plants, pattern papers and embellishments – but I wanted to see as many words as possible on the background pattern paper, so that finally dictated a simple approach. I die-cut the pattern paper with a LFSRD, glued it to a Green card base, and framed it with the kit peel off stickers. I die-cut a piece of 140# vellum with a stitched circle die, and glued the sentiment sticker to the that and mounted both to the card front with thin foam squares. This is my favorite sentiment in this whole kit! And that Rose-Gold foiling adds a lot of shine here – no sequins needed!

I played around with the Lotus flower stamps in our stamp set for a while and tried coloring those stamps with a couple different mediums… but finally settled on this.

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I die-cut more of that Burgundy pattern paper with a smaller LF Stitched Rectangle die, and embossed this arrangement of flowers using masking paper, VersaMark ink and the Love From Lizi Copper Rose embossing powder. I matted that on a piece of white card stock and glued both down to an Ivory card base. On one of the ephemera ‘labels’ I stamped and embossed the “good luck” stamp using the Copper Rose embossing powder, and glued that to a fussy cut mat embossed with the same powder. I mounted the sentiment with thick foam squares, added a bunch of Dirty Bronze Nuvo Drops, and added another ‘partial’ frame with the Rose Gold peel off stickers. I am in love with that teeny tiny Nuvo drop above the ‘g’ – I didn’t think I could make one that small!! I love the texture and the subtle shine of the embossed flowers. Still sticking with a masculine theme here!

I think the little wooden embellishment dots are the most unique item in this kit!

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They make perfectly nice very dimensional and graphic flowers for this card! I die-cut the floral pattern paper with a LFSRD, and glued that directly to my last Yellow card base. I fussy cut the notebook paper from one of the cut apart panels, and inked the edges with a little Vintage Photo Distress Oxide ink. I stamped the “thank you” stamp on that using VersaFine Onyx Black ink. I colored one of each size of those wooden dots with a TN3 Spectrum Noir Alcohol Marker and assembled the three flowers on the stamped and inked paper. I die-cut the doily die from a scrap of that dark green pattern paper on the back of our cut apart sheet and used the cut outs for the leaves on the flowers. Kind of perfect! I attached the notebook paper to the card front with thin foam squares, added a sprinkling of Dirty Bronze Nuvo Drops ( I love saying Dirty Bronze..!! ) and another partial frame using the kit peel offs. Even with the flowers I think this Thank You card is actually pretty masculine, and I LOVE those wood dot flowers!

So that’s my 10 cards using the Love From Lizi December 2019 “Simple Pleasures” Card Kit. I don’t think I’ve ever made so many landscape cards with one kit!

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Though I didn’t originally set out to avoid all the pink this month, it turns out that I did skip over most of the pinks featured in this kit. That ultimately gave me a nice collection of rather masculine cards with a good assortment of sentiments and plenty of shine!

I did use a lot of the pattern papers, stickers, and ephemera pieces from this kit, and a hefty sprinkling of the embellishments. I didn’t get to the wood-veneer hearts, the pearl flower buttons, the tiny keys, or the burlap flowers, but I think the wood dot flowers more than makes up for that! I used all the flower stamps in our stamp set but didn’t come close to using all the sentiments. I did use all three dies in the kit, and I really like those Dirty Bronze Nuvo Drops. As is always the case, I have plenty of left-over goodies to add to my stash this month!

As of posting, this kit is still available at LoveFrom Lizi.com. If you’re itching for a little bit of spring to brighten up your mid-winter blahs, or if I managed to ignite your imagination, Please use my links when you go shopping with Lizi. It is always greatly appreciated! LFL December 2019 Card Kit

Thanks so much for sharing your time with me here… It means more to me than you will every know! I wish you and yours a happy and hearty Holiday Season, and a healthy and prosperous New Year! God bless us everyone! Happy Crafting!

 

10 Cards 1 Kit | My Monthly Hero November 2019 Kit

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Hello Folks!  Scott here with my 10 Cards 1 Kit post showcasing the My Monthly Hero November 2019 Kit. This month we’re going Home for the Holidays with a heartwarming stamp set and an amazing batch of fancy dies. Our 6″ x 8″ clear stamp set includes some holiday images and furniture with a few family pets and a very interesting staircaseScreen Shot 2019-11-14 at 9.19.21 PM stamp. Of course we also get 13 coordinating frame cuts for all the stamped images. And here’s where the fun begins… we get a Doorway Fancy die and five more shaped fancy dies. That doorway die is very intricate, and is complimented perfectly with the wreath, topiary, letters and roof die. Since the Doorway Fancy die is a full 4.25″ x 5.5″ the rooftop fancy die is included to act as a handle for creating treat bags! Very interesting! If that wasn’t enough we also get two round plastic ornaments, 6 glassine (treat) bags, a Glitter Lacquer pen and six A10 envelopes – those are BIG (6″ x 9 1/2″ – fits cards 5 7/8″ x 9 1/4″)… Don’t know if I’ll be making any giant cards this month… but I’ll at least tackle an ornament and a treat bag!

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Naturally, I had to start my cards this month using the Doorway Fancy die. I die cut the doorway, the wreath, the topiaries and letters from some alcohol-friendly white card stock and grabbed my Spectrum Noir alcohol markers to color everything. img_6798.jpgThese are the perfect dies to take advantage of my obsessive compulsive nature…  yes… I colored every last little brick on this card! I think I was most interested in creating a white house with a red door, and I’m very pleased with the dimension I got (especially the panels) on that door. Here’s a shot of the markers I used to color this card front.

I did stamp the welcome mat on another piece of alcohol card stock and fussy cut that and glued it to the corresponding space in front of the door. I colored the wreath and topiary with the same markers and added them to the card front using foam tape. I glued some orange-y glassine (kite-paper) behind the sconces and the skylight over the door IMG_6819(I like the glossy finish on that paper), tucked a couple of the letters in the mail slot, added a mini gold brad for the doorknob, and glued the whole card front to a white card base. I did stamp the “there’s no place like home for the holidays” sentiment on the inside to finish out this first card! (I recently got a new Gina K Designs Jet Black Amalgam Ink pad so I put it to the test and used it for all my black stamping on these cards)  I love this card a lot, but it took me a little too much time to think about making duplicates…!

What if I tried paper-piecing this doorway die? That shouldn’t take quite as much time…!

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I die-cut the doorway die from Kraft card stock, and trimmed off the door at the hinge. I couldn’t resist my anal retentive nature and colored some highlights on all the bricks with a white colored pencil. Then I die cut the Doorway Fancy die from some 100# card stock and trimmed off the door, the door frame, the transom window and the mat and glued those on top of the Kraft base. I die cut the topiary and wreath from some green card stock along with four laurel branches using a die from the Love From Lizi October ’19 card kit. I used some dark red card stock from my stash to die cut the six bows (from the wreath) and the two pots, then trimmed them out and glued everything together.

I stamped the “Hello” sentiment on the mat, colored in the topiary trunks and the sconces with markers, and added a mini silver brad to be the doorknob. I glued yellow glassine (kite-paper) behind the sconces and some plain acetate behind the transom window. IMG_6821Using my masking paper to mask off the dog, I stamped the Christmas tree and the Cocker Spaniel / rug stamp on some more alcohol friendly white card stock, and colored them with the same Spectrum Noir markers I used on the door (adding GB1 and GB4 for the dog) I added some colorful confetti sequins and a star gem from my stash to the decorations on the  tree. I glued the stamped panel to the front of a white card base and added the house panel on top of that with some foam tape. I like that you can just see the top of the tree through the arched window! That Doorway die is really terrific, though I’m not really sure if this card didn’t take just as much time as the first one! Trust me… I truly contemplated wiring up those sconces with some Chibi lights! Love all of these Fancy Dies in our kit this month!!

But let’s get to stamping…!! You know I like trying to use all the stamps in my stamp set and we have seven distinct sentiments in this kit. Two down… five to go!!

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I originally contemplated masking all of the stamps in this scene in order to color a one layer card, but decided that some die-cutting would add nice dimension without a lot of extra headache! I did cut a mask for the staircase stamp, and stamped that and the tree on a panel of Bristol Smooth Card stock and colored them with my Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers. I did add the suggestion of some baseboard to the left of the tree, and I used some Xmas Red Stickles for all the ornaments. I stamped and colored the dog, the hat, the cat and the mouse using the same supplies, and die cut them all out.

I trimmed that staircase and tree panel down to 3.5″ x 4.75″, stamped the sentiment, and ink blended some Wilted Violet Distress Oxide ink around the edges. I matted that on a thin black mat, then a thin white mat, and then a thicker violet glitter mat, then glued down to a white card base. I trimmed the bottom white border off the Santa hat die-cut and glued that to the dog, then mounted all the animals to the front using foam tape. So stinkin’ cute! I actually stamped, colored and die-cut the bunting/bows for the staircase, but it’s a little short if you use the entire staircase stamp..!  Love the little mouse offering the candy to the cat… and I tried to make it look like she was watching him…! I like all the sparkle on this card and it’s really nice to have some characters (animals) to populate our scenes this month!

I do like the fact that we have some non-Christmas sentiments in this stamp set too!

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This card makes me want to take a nap! Using the dog/rug mask I cut for card #2, I stamped these two images on some Bristol smooth card stock and colored them with my Zig markers. I stamped the sentiment and die cut that panel using the Therm-o-web/Gina K double stitched Oval die and matted that on a black mat cut with the Large single-stitched Oval die. I die-cut a piece of silver matte card stock with my Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangle die, and dry embossed that panel with the LFL knitted embossing folder (very cozy)! I matted that on some black card stock and glued that down to a white card base. I mounted the oval piece using foam tape and VIOLA! Our first non-holiday card using this kit. VERY COZY!

Let’s get back to that staircase and the bunting! And more masking!

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I cut a mask for the armchair and the present and stamped all on Kraft card stock, and colored this scene using my Prismacolor Colored Pencils. It is easy to sketch in a baseboard to separate the floor from the wall, and I did stamp and color the bunting on a scrap of kraft card stock, and fussy cut that out before gluing it to the railing. I kept thinking of this as my ‘sepia-toned’ Christmas scene, and used white as a unifying highlight color. I stamped the sentiment using VersaMark ink and embossed that with white embossing powder. I glued the colored panel directly to a white card base, added a crystal star from my stash to the tree top and used the Glitter Lacquer pen included in our kit on top of the white ornaments. I think the mistletoe adds some nice height and balance to this scene, and encourages everyone using the stairs to share a kiss!

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Here’s another non-holiday sentiment from our stamp set. I stamped the cat on Bristol smooth card stock, masked off  the cat, then stamped the dog and colored both with my Zig markers, and fussy cut them out. This is my attempt at a Siamese cat and a Golden Retriever…! I stamped the sentiment on plain white card stock, and die-cut that with another LFSRD. I dug around in my paper stash and found this purple plaid pattern paper (from the SSS April 2017 card kit (Lawn Fawn Perfectly Plaid Rainbow pattern paper)) that I trimmed down using a larger LFSRD and some partial die-cutting. That piece is 5″ x 2″. I matted that with a thin white mat, and glued those to a Kraft card base. I added the sentiment panel to the card base with foam tape, and mounted our the animals to that panel with more foam tape. I really like this simple, heartfelt “special friend” card…  no holiday here!

I think this was my least favorite sentiment in our stamp set, It felt a little forced to me… but that won’t stop me from trying to use it! I also thought the grandfather clock stamp was so big, that it pulled a little focus from the cats…  I think “together” is more important than “second” with this sentiment!

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I stamped the kitten/boot stamp on a scrap of Bristol smooth card stock, masked that off and stamped the big cat and colored them with my Zig markers – I’m shooting for Calico cats this time! I actually used their coordinating dies to cut them out – some partial die cutting was all that was needed on the left of the boot die and the right of the cat die. I simply connected the die cuts in the center with my craft knife.

I masked off the bottom of the grandfather clock with a post-it note and stamped the top on more Bristol smooth card stock and colored that with my Zig markers before using the coordinating die to cut that out. I masked the clock stamp off around the pendulum and weights (post-its!) and stamped those on a plain white card panel using Walnut Stain Distress Oxide ink, and added to their length using a brown Pigma Micron Pen. I did color the pendulum and weights using the Gold Glimmer ink from the MMH August 2019 Kit. I stamped the sentiment with the Walnut Stain ink and embossed that with clear embossing powder, and die cut that panel with a LFSRD.

I used Vintage Photo and Fossilized Amber Distress Oxide ink to blend a little bit of a floor and wall on the main panel (post-its to mask!) and glued that to a thin black mat, a thin white mat, and a thicker Kraft mat and then down to a white card base. The clock is mounted over the pendulum and weights using foam tape and the cats are mounted to the card front in the same way. Very cute! These two cats do look like they’re related!

This next card was an ‘early morning’ inspiration, and a stamp masking triumph!

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That is 15 poinsettia stamps to form that tree! (did someone say I was anal-retentive?) I actually only had to fussy cut three poinsettia masks to stamp this tree! And yes… that is the present stamp underneath standing in for the base of the tree! This is stamped with the Gina K. Amalgam ink on Bristol Smooth card stock and colored with my Zig markers. I stamped the sentiment as well and added some clear embossing powder to add a little shine to that sentiment.IMG_6829

That Amalgam ink dries quicker than VersaFine Onyx Black ink so it doesn’t hold on to embossing powder quite as well as the VersaFine does. Otherwise that ink worked extremely well for coloring with alcohol markers and watercolor markers.

I die cut the colored panel with a LFSRD and added a simple red glitter mat before gluing all down to a white card base.

I did do a little research to see why poinsettias are considered a Christmas flower and came across this lovely legend I included on the inside of this card. The flowers are indigenous to Mexico, and I think this was endearing enough to include. Some little dots of white gel pen in the centers of the flowers for a final highlight and I have to say that I LOVE this card! 

I had an idea of how to use the whole grandfather clock for a birthday card…

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The grandfather clock is stamped on Bristol smooth card stock (still using the Amalagam ink) and colored with Zig markers and the Hero Arts Gold glimmer ink, and die cut with the coordinating die. img_6832.jpgI found this background patter paper in my image files and printed that with the sentiment using my Silhouette software and the Brady Bunch Remastered font. I die-cut that panel with a LFSRD, added a mat of Black Tie glitter card stock and a mat of kraft card stock before gluing everything to a white card base. I mounted the clock to the front using foam tape and completed the sentiment on the inside of the card. This is one of my all time favorite birthday sentiments for “people of a certain age”!

The only stamp I haven’t used yet is the stocking. It seemed a little large compared with the other stamps in the set, so I felt like it deserved to be highlighted by itself!

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I used my homemade wreath builder template to stamp this stocking wreath… same paper, ink and Zig markers used to color. Boy! Those designs get pretty tiny on these socks! I die cut the stockings with a Darice nesting circles die, and used my EK Success Circle Scissor to cut the black mat. I dug through my pattern paper stash and found this perfect background paper from the SSS December ’17 Kit (Doodlebug Milk and Cookies 6″ x 6″ paper pad), trimmed that to 3″ wide and glued it directly to the center of my white card base.img_6834.jpg I added some Love From Lizi Green and Red glitter Peel Offs to the sides of the pattern paper and mounted the matted circle with foam tape. I tied a little red satin bow and glued that to the card front for a final splash of color and texture. Of course, I can’t leave well enough alone, and though you might not consider this a pun, I do! I printed this sentiment on the inside of my card base using my Silhouette software and the Smoothie Shoppe font. Makes me giggle!!

One of our fancy dies this month is a ‘rooftop’ die – apparently for adding a ‘roof/handle’ to the Doorway Fancy die, and, along with the glassine bags included in the kit, make a sort of a gift/treat bag. That’s interesting… I’m game!

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I dry embossed the Doorway die on two pieces of 4.25″ x 5.5″ kraft card stock and added a few definition lines to the front doorway with a BG4 Spectrum Noir marker. I die cut another paper-pieced wreath for the door, and stamped the ‘Welcome” on the mat with Walnut Stain Distress Oxide ink. I die-cut two rooftops, added a definition line of marker and glued those to the top of the Doorway pieces. I cut a 2″ x 4.25″ piece of kraft card stock and scored the two long edges at 1/4″ to fold and attach to the doorways. I found that you want about an inch and a half of a base if you want the ‘bag’ to stand up on its own. I embossed the “merry Christmas” sentiment on a kraft tag from my stash using the HA Embossing & Watermark ink and the HA Red embossing powder. Nice pop of red to match the bow on the wreath! Very Cute! By avoiding actually die-cutting the Doorway die, this was a pretty quick and simple assembly! I’ll have to think hard about some other options for that roof die…!!

I turned my attention to the two round ornaments in the kit. I originally thought I’d be creating a little dog and cat scene inside these globes, but I was a little colored-out by this point, and I remembered I had a new die set I got last year but haven’t used yet. Here’s my Christmas ornament featuring IMG_6842the Altenew Layered Snowflakes die set. Those snowflake dies fit inside this ornament perfectly!! I dug around in my stash for some glitter card stock and found an old piece of sparsely glittered white card stock and some silver glitter card stock that I then colored with an alcohol marker (TB4) to get the blue glitter piece. I interspersed the glitter card with some 40# vellum die cuts and glued all the layers together (on both sides with a piece of invisible thread between the large center die cut. IMG_6841This ‘floating’ snowflake is actually 10 layers! I LOVE THAT SNOWFLAKE! It certainly deserves to be preserved behind glass (or plastic as the case may be!!). Of course you can see the snowflake from both sides of the ornament, and there is a little bit of movement in there as well.

This is a pic of my 10 layers all die-cut and ready to assemble. I did glue a piece of invisible thread between the two center white pieces and let that dry very well before assembling the other layers on both sides.

Once everything was good and dry, I added small strips of 1/8″ Scor-tape at the top and bottom of one of the ornament halves, and affixed the thread to the tape adding another piece of tape on top of the thread. I used my Multi Medium Matte to glue the two halves together, and the scor-tape helps as well!

Once dry, I covered the seam with 1/8″ white satin ribbon run through my zyron sticker maker and created a loop at the top for hanging. I tied a double bow with some white and silver ribbon from my stash and glued that to the top of the ornament with E6000 heavy duty glue.img_6849.jpg I liked that so much I decided to go ahead and make the second ornament. This time I eliminated the first (largest) white layer and just used the remaining four layers. That makes the snowflake just a touch smaller so the movement on this ornament is a little freer than the first, and I think a little bit more ethereal without the bold white center.

I never thought I’d get around to these ornaments in our kits, but inspiration took hold of me, and I am so pleased with both of these! I have a couple of people in mind who would really appreciate these ornaments as a gift this year! BONUS!

Thats my ten cards, two ornaments and one treat bag created with the My Monthly Hero November 2019 Kit. I used every stamp in this stamp set, all of the fancy dies and quite a few of the frame dies. The only thing in this month’s kit that I didn’t use, was any of the A10 envelopes. Truthfully, the thought of making a card that big gave me palpitations!

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Six Christmas cards, a birthday card, and a few friendship cards makes for a nice attractive group of cards this  month. I think that Doorway Fancy die is truly something special… the staircase stamp is unique as is that grandfather clock stamp. I think all the animal stamps are pretty adorable and will prove handy in the years to come, and I do like the non-holiday sentiments as well! I had a great time creating these cards (and extras) with this kit – enough to forgive Hero Arts for giving us two Christmas themed kits in a row this year! LOL!

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Thank you so much for sharing your time with me here… I am sending you and yours best wishes for a happy, healthy, and hearty Thanksgiving Holiday! Please remember to Like me, List me, Pin me, Post me, Share me with all of your friends, Don’t forget to warm the dinner rolls… and HAPPY CRAFTING!

UnBoxing! Love From Lizi December 2019 “Simple Pleasures” Card Kit

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Hello Folks! Scott here with the new Love From Lizi December 2019 Card Kit. It’s nice to get away from the holiday themes for a little bit, and this kit appears very useful for creating an assortment of cards appropriate for many different occasions!

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I can almost feel the spring breeze and warmer weather coursing throughout this kit!

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As always, we get five sheets of 8.5″ x 11″ card stock in our kit. I almost always use these for my card bases in my 10 Cards 1 Kit videos. We get a sheet of Lizi’s super smooth alcohol-marker friendly White (I will usually swap this out for a normal white card stock from my stash), along with a sheet of Yellow, Ivory, Green and Burgundy.

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We get one 12″ x 12″ sheet of cut-aparts, featuring a few frames, some sentiments, and even a couple of border strips. Lizi cut this sheet apart just below the top two cut-aparts to make it fit in our box this month, and the back of this page is a simple distressed dark green color.

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And we get a 12″ x 12″ sheet of stickers! These are nice, thick, card stock stickers featuring touches of Rose Gold foiling and a variety of icons, shapes and sentiments! I always like those small sentiment strips showing there on the bottom right. There’s a “Simple Pleasures” there as well as on the pencil! A PINK pencil of course!

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That’ll bring us to this huge assortment of pattern papers in our kit this month! Eighteen 6″ x 8″ single-side pattern papers again sporting more of the rose gold foiling. There’s one mini cut-apart sheet, some flowers, background sentiment patterns, geometric patterns, watercolor washes and polka-dots, stripes and tiles. A GREAT bunch of pattern papers!

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We get a new color for our peel-offs this month. Grass Green Mirror outlined with gold! That green and gold work perfectly together! And this is our Simple Pleasures Stamp set. Ten different sentiments and six flower images. Some interesting sentiments here – I really like the “Good Luck” and “Think Positive” ones, and the flower stamps give us an opportunity for some coloring this month! I’m pining for the spring already!

That brings us to Lizi’s Legendary Embellishments Bag!

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You may think those are enamel dots, but, no…! They are wooden dot embellishments! I’ve never seen those before..! There must be lots of options for using/coloring/adapting those! We do get a new Nuvo Crystal Drops in Dirty Bronze – don’t think I’ve heard the word ‘dirty’ used as a color descriptive before…!! LOL!! We get three great dies this month, two large sentiment dies “BIG Thanks” and “HELLO Sunshine” (love the size of these!) and a small 2″ doily. I’m not a big doily person but I do like the small size of this die! That’s three metal keys to the right of the doily die, and 10 pearl flower buttons. Those are real buttons and yet not too awfully thick. On the bottom row we have two burlap ribbon flowers with a nice white embellishment in the center, and four LOVELY wood-veneer die cut hearts. The intricacy of those hearts is downright beautiful. WOW.

And if that weren’t enough, we also get a huge pack of ephemera pieces this month!

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More rose gold foiling highlights a lot of these pieces, and everything matches the stickers, the cut-aparts and the pattern papers perfectly. There’s a bunch of different sentiments, panels, labels, tags, birds, butterflies, flowers and potted plants. Enough to make dozens upon dozens of cards! That is quite a treasure of supplies in this month’s embellishment bag! WOO-HOO!

I did manage to snag a few add-ons this month!

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This is the Rose Gold Sentiments Thicker Sticker sheet with all those large shiny sentiments – a little thinner than fun foam I think. And I’m thrilled to get the Simple Pleasures Peel Off pack with Forest Green pinstripes, Soft Peach sway, Copper Mirror bubble, and Gold Moondust straight. All four peel off shapes in one bundle!

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And to wrap up this kit, I got the Foam Sentiments Thicker Sticker pack – these are nice and thick and squishy…! Definitely as thick as fun foam! About half and half as far as the plain peach stickers and the rose gold foil stickers, but all are quite large and will take up a lot of real estate on a card! I do love that rose gold laurel on the left…!!

That’s the Love From Lizi December 2019 “Simple Pleasures” card kit. As usual, Lizi has given us huge amount of card-making supplies this month featuring a spring-y color palette with lots of unique products and beautiful accessories. My mind is already mulling over the possibilities!

This kit and add ons are available at lovefromlizi.com – please use my links when you go shopping with Lizi – it is always greatly appreciated! http://shrsl.com/1yyuw

Thanks for sharing a little time with me today! I’m sending you and your family best wishes for a happy, health, and hearty Thanksgiving!! GOBBLE!! GOBBLE!!  Please remember to Like me, List me, Pin me, Post me, share me with all of your friends, DON’T run with scissors… and as always, I wish you Happy Crafting!!

10 Cards 1 Kit | Love From Lizi November 2019 Card Kit

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Hello Folks! Scott here with my 10 Cards 1 Kit post featuring the Love From Lizi Card Kit for November 2019! Lizi is calling this the “Enchanted Lake” kit and it features a variety of swans, feathers, snowflakes and trees.

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As usual, I do take the 8.5″ x 11″ card stock in the kit and cut them in half to create my 10 cards bases. We did get those two silver glitter card bases in the kit this month, so I simply set aside the sheet of super smooth alcohol-friendly white card stock from the kit. The glitter card bases are apparently cut from A4 paper so they are actually 4.125″ wide and 5.85″ long. In order to fit into an A2 card envelope, I trimmed the long side down to 5.5″ – that gives us some extra strips of that silver glitter card stock!

In my unboxing, I mentioned my puzzlement of swans on Christmas cards, and lots of folks responded reminding me of the Seven Swans a Swimming in The Twelve Days of Christmas. Okay… but I’ve never seen a Leaping Lords Christmas kit or a Milking Maids Christmas kit.. so I did do a little research, and it seems that in England, from the 12th century onward, swans were eaten as a special dish at feasts, served as a centerpiece in their skin and feathers with a lump of blazing incense in the beak. They were particularly associated with Christmas, when they would be served in large numbers at royal feasts; forty swans were ordered for Henry III’s Christmas celebrations in 1247. Swan remained a delicacy eaten as part of Christmas celebrations right up until the 18th century. During the Victorian period, swan fell out of fashion as a dish, and by the 20th century was rarely eaten. So… my crack about roasting a swan for Christmas wasn’t completely off the mark! Let’s dig in!!

I always adore Lizi’s decoupage die-cuts so let’s start this collection with one of those!

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I used all of the different layers as indicated on the die-cut decoupage sheet (short of a few flower and star embellishments) and I layered them all together with the thinnest foam squares I have in my stash. I wasn’t quite sure where the small ‘wing’ piece belonged… so I ended up reversing it and mounting it to the side of the swan with a trimmed bit of a feather for some added texture.

I mounted the completed decoupage image to a 3 3/8″ x 3 3/4″ piece of black card stock sprayed with some Sheer Shimmer Mist,  and attached those to a thin mat of Pearlescent Mint card stock and glued everything down to one of the Silver Glitter card bases. I cut some short pieces of the Mint satin ribbon and tied them together to make a bit of a ‘spray’, and glued that to the card front with one of the decoupage flowers over the knot. A sprinkling of sequins from our sequin mix and one Copper gem (from the LFL March 2018 kit) in the center of the flower provide a finishing touch of sparkle. You have to love that decoupage “snow globe”! Very pretty!

That covers the winter season… let’s move on to some actual Christmas cards now!

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I die cut this wreath from one of our “cut-apart” pattern papers using a 2 3/4″ Stitched Circle die and embossed the “Merry Christmas” sentiment using VersaMark ink and the Love From Lizi Very Vanilla embossing powder. I matted that on a piece of black card stock die cut with a 3 1/4″ Stitched Circle die and covered with some sparkle using my Spectrum Noir Sparkle pen. I trimmed a piece of white card stock to 3 7/8″ x 5 1/8″ and embossed that with the snowflake embossing folder in our kit. I glued that piece to a soft Blue card base and outlined that panel using the peel off stickers in our kit. The wreath is mounted to the card front with foam squares and three of the wood-veneer snowflakes from our embellishment bag add the requisite sparkle to finish out this card. That’s a non-traditional color palette for a Christmas card, but I really like that delicate wreath!

We received two shaker tags in our kit and I couldn’t resist taking advantage of them!

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I die-cut three snowflakes from some white glitter paper in my stash and arranged them on the Navy Blue card base. I did add the die cut pieces from the center of the snowflake for a couple of smaller “snowflake shapes” on the card front. I did cover the “Winter Wishes” sentiment on the bottom of this shaker tag with the “Christmas Wishes” sentiment from our die cut topper sheet. I used more foam squares on that for a little added dimension that more closely matches the thickness of the shaker tag. I replaced the gold cord with some silver cord from my stash and attached the shaker to the card front using some removable glue dots. IMG_6775Those allow the recipient to remove the shaker tag and use it as an ornament or as – dare I say… a TAG! I elaborate my ‘Christmas Wish’ inside the card with the ‘New Year’ sentiment stamped (VersaFine Onyx Black ink) on the writing surface. Some dark blue sequins from our sequin mix finish out this card nicely, and the Navy Blue card base almost completely neutralizes the pink shaker tag!

That glitter card stock inspired me, so I reached for the Let It Snow die for my next card.

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I used some of Lizi’s Grey Pearlescent card stock to die-cut the base of this die. I added scraps of yellow card stock behind the windows and doors of the village, and also die-cut this from a piece of Twilight Glitter card stock (from the MMH October 2018 kit). I trimmed all of the snowflakes from the twilight piece and glued them to the top of the grey base snowflakes. The bottom snowflake and two stars are inlaid. I cut this die once more from a piece of Black Tie Glitter card stock and trimmed everything away except for the ‘frame’, and glued that to the top of my layered pieces. Lastly, I glued all the pieces on top of another piece of white glitter card stock and trimmed all the edges to match. I did cut off the hole at the top of this ‘tag’ as I was only using this as our focal image for this card.

I used another snowflake embossing folder from my stash to de-boss the front of this soft Grey card base, cut a piece of the grey snowflake pattern paper to 3 1/8″ x 5″ and matted that to more of the Black Tie Glitter card stock. IMG_6777That panel is glued to the card front at a jaunty angle, and the layered die cut is foam taped to the top of that. I thought the seasonal sentiment on this die lent itself to another sentiment stamp from this kit, so I stamped the “Sweet Season” sentiment on the inside of the card. I really like the soft muted colors here! The glitter and pearlescent pieces add a really nice sparkle.

I was fiddling around with pieces from our die-cut topper sheet and came up with this…

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Another shaker card! Who can resist those pre-made shaker tags?? The “Deck the Halls” ornament from the die cut topper sheet went with this shaker tag perfectly and added a little more interest (and a sentiment) to the front of this card. I simply slipped the die-cut piece under the edge of the shaker front and glued it directly to the acetate. I like the extra pop of red as well! I die-cut a piece of the ornament pattern paper with a Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangle die, wrapped the cord from the shaker tag over the top, and matted that to a piece of Tim Holtz Kraft Core Metallic gold card stock. I glued those to a Mint card base and glued the shaker directly to the card front. You’d have to be very careful if you wanted to remove and save this shaker tag..! IMG_6779Since there’s a little bit of ‘magic’ in every shaker card I decided to add this sentiment from our stamp set to the inside of this card. I think it really completes the “Deck the Halls” sentiment on the front! More sequins scattered around for a final splash of sparkle and we have another interactive Christmas Card done up in a non-traditional color scheme!

One of our pattern papers featured a very large wreath with a swan in the middle…

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No more swan! I die cut that pattern paper using the largest LFSRD (4.25″ x 5.5″) (that wreath JUST fit!!) and glued that to our second soft Grey card base. I stamped the sentiment on a scrap of white card stock using Forest Moss Distress Oxide ink, and embossed that with some clear embossing powder. I fussy cut that sentiment out and attached that over the swan using foam squares. I added the five-pointed stars from the Mint decoupage sheet to help hide the swan’s crown and finished embellishing this card with more sequins from our sequin mix. I REALLY liked this wreath but was getting a little tired of the swans at this point… and the glitter on that white bow makes me happy!

I haven’t used any of the five ephemera pieces yet, and I did like that Christmas tree…

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I grabbed an old LDRS Fancy Rectangles and Layers die for the background shapes for this card. I cut the smaller rectangle from the grey snowflake pattern paper and the larger mat from some Tim Holtz Kraft Core Metallic silver card stock, and glued those pieces together – what a perfect ‘traditional’ shape for a Christmas Card! I added a bunch of kit peel offs to the soft Blue card base and glued the background directly to the card front. I added the “Merry Christmas” banner from the die-cut sheet over the “Winter Wishes” banner on the tree ephemera piece with some foam squares, and mounted that piece to the card front with more foam squares. I covered over the gold glitter on one of our wood veneer die-cut stars with silver glitter and glued that to the top of the tree, IMG_6782and added some small dots of our Steel Blue Jewel Drops for a little more shine and dimension. One more sentiment stamped on the inside of this card and we have another thoughtful holiday expression for loved ones or any one dear to you. And you hardly notice that tree is on a pink background..!!

I was thrilled to receive the Silent Night Stamp Set this month and was ready to color..!

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I stamped the snowman snow globe using Onyx Black ink on some LFL super smooth alcohol friendly card stock and colored him with my Spectrum Noir alcohol markers and fussy cut him out. I embossed this sentiment on a scrap of black card stock using VersaMark ink and some white embossing powder. This stamp had a bit of a typo on it – “If kisses were a snowflakes I’d send you a blizzard” – I simply trimmed the “a” away from the stamp to correct it. I die cut that sentiment with a Darice Nesting Square die and glued that to the bottom of the snow globe.

On the Navy Blue card base, I used the Simon Says Stamp Falling Snow stencil and my Ranger Opaque Matte Texture Paste to add the snowfall background. I was going to add the snow powder to these dots but that paste dried so quickly, by the time I removed the stencil nothing would stick. Oh, well!! I mounted the snow globe and sentiment using foam squares,IMG_6784 and embellished this card with a few white pearl dots from my stash (inside the snow globe) and a white glitter snowflake cut from the Let It Snow die with a heart gem (from the LFL October 2019 kit) on the bottom of the sentiment. I did wrap up this card with the “Merry Christmas” sentiment stamped on the inside writing surface. Very cute…!

By this time, I’m starting to get a little silly, so for something completely different…

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It’s been a while since I did a rebus on a card! This one is so simple and made me laugh so hard, I couldn’t resist! Of course swan + knee = Swanee and on the inside…

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No Christmas here, but a funny musical Valentine card! On my second Mint card base, I glued a piece of Tim Holtz Postal tissue paper over the top to add a little texture and interest to the card front. I die cut a panel from our second glitter card base with a LFSRD and matted that to a plain piece of black card stock before gluing that to our card front. I die cut the swan die 4 times and glued them all together adding a little detail on the top piece. I found this picture of a knee in my image stash, imported it into my Silhouette software, printed the knee and the ‘+’, and cut them both out 4 times and glued them all together. That makes all of these pieces nice and chunky and very dimensional!  I glued our images to the glitter card panel, and printed the inside sentiment using my Silhouette Software and the Henny Penny font. Nice and playful, and good for a laugh!

We did get two swan-shaped card bases in this kit. I though the most interesting thing about those pieces was the fact that the swan was printed on the front and the back of the card – thus giving us a pair of mirrored swan images!

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For our last card this month, I have a big 5″ x 7″ card featuring the two swans with their necks intertwined! I fussy cut the front and back of one card base removing the area underneath their heads. Then I cut the top of the head away from the swans back on the left swan wrapped the two necks together and taped the left head back to its cut line. I did remove the gold crown from the right swan and added the small satin bow and 3 sprigs from one of our silver die cut snowflakes. I added more of those mini copper gems to the points of the golden crown and covered that crown with my Spectrum Noir Sparkle pen. For a final touch, I poked small hoes in the sides of the swans and fed two feathers through the holes and glued them down on the back.

I cut a piece of white card stock to 10″ x 7.5″, scored and folded it in half to make a 5″ x 7″ card base. I ink blended some Salty Ocean Distress Oxide ink on the bottom and Broken China Distress Oxide ink on the top. I mounted the swans to the card front using foam tape, trimmed off the back of their tails at the edges of the card base, and added the die cut topper sentiment in the middle with foam squares. I love this!  I don’t often make a card this size, and I think the feathers really make this card come to life! A beautiful, soft and fuzzy Valentine!

That wraps up my 10 Card 1 Kit post for the Love From Lizi November 2019 “Enchanted Lake” Card Kit.  A batch of very interesting holiday cards in a mostly non-traditional color palette, and I did manage to squeeze in a couple Valentines too!

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I used all but two of the stamps from our stamp set, and I believe I used some of everything in this kit except for that snow powder and the acetate sheet… so close!! And I’m especially pleased that I managed to create 6 cards without a swan on them! LOL! Pass me a drumstick, please!

At posting, this kit is still available at lovefromlizi.com… a rarity among Lizi’s kits… If I’ve managed to capture your imagination or encouraged your interest in this unique holiday card kit, please use my link when you go shopping with Lizi! http://shrsl.com/1wqc7

Thank you so very much for your time, your encouragement and your support. It means more to me than you will ever know! Please remember to Like Me, List Me, Pin Me, Post Me, share me with all of your friends… don’t wait til the last minute this year, and as always, Happy Crafting and a warm Happy Holidays to you and yours!