10 Cards 1 Kit | Love From Lizi August 2019 “Flawless” Card Kit

Hello Folks! Scott here with my 10 cards inspired by the Love From Lizi August 2019 “Flawless” Card Kit.  This month’s kit features an assortment of gem images and icons and some unique layered sentiment stamps. And lots of PINK!

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I decided to go ahead and embrace the pink this month and see where this kit inspires me! If you can’t beat ’em… join ’em! And it’s not like I’m allergic to pink or anything!! I do make card bases from all the letter-size card stock included in the kit… let’s use the pink card bases first!

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To begin with, my eye was drawn to our hexagonal sentiment die, which I paired up with the matching sentiment pattern paper and the hexagonal pattern paper. I die-cut the Bronze specialty paper with the hexagonal sentiment die, and stacked that up with 3 die-cuts from white card stock for some added thickness, and matted that on some of the pink specialty card stock. I fussy cut the hexagonal pattern paper following the right side of the darkest hexagons, and die-cut that and the sentiment pattern paper with a Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangle die. I cut a thin mat of white for the sentiment pattern paper and glued those to a pink card base. The hexagon pattern paper is mounted with foam squares, the die cut sentiment stack is glued directly to the card front, and I added a sprinkling of the Silver Lining metallic Nuvo Drops for more shine. I think this pattern paper feels like rising bubbles to me – even though they’re hexagons! Nice and PINK but with a bit of a classic Bronze pop on our sentiment. Love those Nuvo Drops too!

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For some reason I got the idea to do this diamond stamp using the white/gold peel off stickers from the kit. I stamped the diamond using Simon Says Stamps Barely Beige on a scrap of white card stock and used the thinnest peel off stickers right on top of the stamped lines. VERY COOL! Almost like an embossed stamp but smoother and sharper and every bit as dimensional! The diamond stamp was perfect for this – nice and large without too many lines. I did add a touch of shading on this gem with a simple pencil, and added some glitz with a Spectrum Noir Sparkle pen.

I stamped the sentiment using Delicata Golden Glitz ink, and was so pleased with that sparkle, that I skipped the layering part for this sentiment. I die cut the white panel with a LFSRD, and cut a reverse mat in the center of the foiled pattern paper cut to 5.5″ x 3.875″ – that saved me a nice solid piece of that pattern paper, while still providing a nice mat for the focal piece. The pattern paper and white panel are glued directly to the pink card base, with a couple more thin peel off stickers on the sides, and a few sequins along the bottom for the finishing touch. That big white diamond balances out the pink nicely!

This is a big SHOUT-OUT to Pat Cyzauskas who reached out and shared some of her Daniel Smith watercolors with me. IMG_6378BUT, she didn’t just give me a DOT card, she sent me a BLOB card!! Oh my heavens, big blobs of colors to play with!  And about 60 different colors! I was in a little bit of watercolor heaven when I received this! SO… I thought I would break into this DS BLOB card and watercolor me some gems with this kit. Of course I had to go do a little research and found this great picture of birthstones featuring all different colorsBirthstone-Options-01_1024x1024 of gems. It’s not just the top cut that makes a gem sparkle, it’s the facets cut into the back of gems that give them their real sparkle and shine.  Maybe I can achieve that effect with watercolors! And look at that Pink Tourmaline!

I stamped the rectangular gem on some watercolor paper using VersaFine Onyx Black ink and decided to color it as an Emerald for this card – after all, pink and green go very well IMG_6458together! I simply laid down a layer of very thin water color (phthalo green) over the whole image and thought about the back of the gem coming to a point at the center – I lightly painted in some lines going from the corners of the flat cut surface to a center point, and then added layer after layer of more watercolor trying to define the facets – I did find that simply creating little triangles of color seemed to suggest facets without getting TOO mathematical about it!! I do use a very small brush, and very little water, and it seems that if you get a nice assortment of light to dark triangles, then the illusion of depth really works!  I fussy cut the gem and added some Spectrum Noir sparkle pen to add some real twinkle to the emerald.

I die-cut the white specialty card stock panel and the marble pattern paper with LFSRDs and stamped the sentiment on the white pearlescent panel using Emerald Green Archival ink for the letters and LFL Emerald City embossing powder for the highlights. I matted the white panel with some green glitter card stock from my stash,  added a thin black mat behind the marble pattern paper, and glued all down to a white card base. Lastly, I mounted the emerald with some foam squares and called it a day! Painting the gems like this may be a little tedious, but I had great fun creating some depth in this emerald with the “facets”. And the pink marble pattern paper goes well with the bright pop of green from the emerald.

I really liked all the dies in our kit this month, and wanted to try to use them all…

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The heart die matched the design of this pattern paper, and that’s what gave me the idea for this card. Red, yes… but no Pink! I die-cut the heart from white card stock five times and glued them all together to make a chunky, chipboard-like embellishment. I embossed the top of the die cut heart using VersaMark ink and the LFL Cherry Red embossing powder. I love that embossing powder so much! I embossed the sentiment on the pattern paper, and using our Nuvo Clear Mark pen, embossed the red stripes on the edges of the 3.75″ wide pattern paper. I did add some Sheer Shimmer Spritz to the pattern paper before stamping the sentiment and adding it to the card front. Everything is glued directly to the Dark Grey card base. I didn’t really like seeing through the heart to the pattern paper behind, so I added some red glitter card stock from my stash to the back of the heart before I glued it to the card front. Shiny and sparkly and NOT pink!!

The “Smile” die-cut is in a really nice font and a useful sentiment, so I grabbed that next!

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The “Smile” on the hexagonal pattern paper with the assorted sentiments actually matches the die so I fussy cut a strip of that pattern paper to capture as many “Smile”s as I could. Let’s get rid of any hexagons that DON’T say “smile”! I die-cut the four center hexagons (no “smile”s in those) with one of the LFL Nesting Hexagon dies (included in the LFL March ’18 kit and still available as an add-on with this kit) and considered making this a shaker card, but realized the spaces between the hexagons were very thin and probably would be difficult to foam tape. I reached for my Adhesive Mirror Hexagons (from the LFL August ’18 kit and an add-on this month) and saw that they fit just inside the die-cut openings. Okay… let’s try something else..!

I die-cut some silver mylar from my stash into four hexagons to cover over the four remaining non-smile sentiments on my pattern paper (also die-cut some of the marble pattern paper to cover the center hexagon). And I die-cut the “Smile” from the same mylar, and added it to a stack of four white die cuts glued together for the chunky sentiment. I cut two 1″ strips of the spatter pattern paper and glued those to the sides of another Dark Grey card base. I attached the hexagon pattern paper with foam squares and glued the mirror tiles directly to the card base inside of the die-cut openings. I glued the stacked “Smile” sentiment to the center, and added some of the medium clear/silver peel off stickers down either side. IMG_6461I’m not a huge fan of simple declarative sentiments, so I decided to add to this card with an additional sentiment on the inside writing surface. I think “It makes people wonder what you’re up to!” is a fun addition to the simple “Smile” sentiment and provides a light-hearted chuckle for the recipient! This sentiment is created using my Silhouette software (it’s FREE!) and printed with the Smoothie Shoppe font. FUN!

I still felt compelled to do a shaker card this month – we did get the perfect frame for one!

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I trimmed off the wider side of the ‘polaroid’ foiled frame to make an even frame all the way around, added an acetate window behind the frame, added a triple layer of foam tape around the edges, filled it with sequins and one of the “You are Loved” die cuts from our kit, and covered the back with a piece of the striped glitter pattern paper. On an Ivory card base, I used some 1/8″ score tape to add our Tonic Copper gilding flakes to the sides and then glued a 4″ panel of pattern paper (cut to expose as many of the “You are Loved” sentiments as possible) directly to the card front, and glued the shaker element on top of that. I die cut three hearts (using the rectangle / heart die in our kit) from a glitter portion of the glitter marble pattern paper and added those below the shaker with spots of foam tape. I really like the repeated sentiments here (seems like a theme is developing!) and I love that the “You are Loved” ephemera piece is free to shake around!

Now, pink and purple are a classic combination as well, so let’s paint an Amethyst!

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I painted this gem using the same technique as the Emerald on Card 3 (using mostly carbazole violet) – LOVE the facets on this – it’s bigger so you have a little more room to add triangles..! I added sparkle pen to the top, fussy cut it out and covered the whole gem with Glossy Accents. I think you would need a BIG dome of glossy accents to really make a difference on this big gem – the shine is nice, but I don’t think waiting for the lacquer to dry is worth the effect.

On an Ivory card base I glued down a 2.25″ strip of the marble pattern paper, to a 2.75″ mat of the foiled circles pattern paper and two 1/4″ strips of the grey specialty card stock to the sides of that. On a scrap of white card stock, I stamped the sentiment with Wilted Violet Distress Oxide ink and embossed the layering stamp with LFL Pastel Purple Party embossing powder.  Now I really LIKE this one! I think you have to carefully consider the color combinations you use with these layering stamps – they seem to work best with compatible colors yet strong contrast..! And of course it helps to get the layering matched up perfectly! I die-cut the sentiment with another LFSRD, and used foam squares to attach the sentiment and the gem to the card front. Another sprinkling of our Nuvo Drops on the card front, and for a final touch, I drew two lines down the sides of the card front using a ultra-fine-tip metallic copper/rose Sharpie – that matches the foiling on the pattern paper and adds a nice sparkle as well! I LOVE painting the gems like this!

My new DS BLOB card (thank you, Pat!!) has the color “Opera Pink” – who could resist??

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I think I got a little carried away with this “Pink Tourmaline” heart gem – after I had painted it, I realized that it didn’t really match ANY of the pink in this kit – OOPS! However, even I have some bright pink card stock in my stash! I added some of our patterned washi tape from the kit to the sides of one of our white tags, and matted that tag on some bright pink card stock. I also added a 1/2″ circle punched from the pink specialty card stock to the hole reinforcement at the top of the tag. I stamped and embossed the sentiment on some white card stock using the LFL Neon Grapefruit embossing powder, trimmed that out and added a matching pink mat. The gem and sentiment are attached to the tag with foam squares, and the tag is glued directly to a white card base. I considered using one of the pink glitter bows from the kit on the top of the tag but they didn’t seem to match very well, and I had some of this hot pink ribbon in my stash, so I tied a bow in the ribbon and added that to the top of the tag with some glue dots. Finally I die cut two hearts from my bright pink card stock, added a little sparkle pen to them and glued them to the corners for a final splash of pink! This card takes the pink theme of this kit and punches it up a few notches…! The pinkest I could imagine!

Okay, let’s turn the dial down a lot for this next card. I ran across this sentiment when I was doing research for the LFL June ’19 “Sending Love” Card Kit.

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Wow! I water colored this ‘aquamarine’ gem like all the rest – in cerulean blue. I got a really good match for this lovely sentiment with my printer and the Silhouette software (Stone Sans font) and used a full-card-sized LFSRD to die-cut the card front. I matted a white oval die cut on a Platinum Tiara embossed oval and glued the ovals to the card front before mounting the gem with foam squares. I don’t know whether it’s the welcome break from all the pink in this kit, or this truly lovely sentiment, or just all the white space, but I love this card! A unique sympathy card!

The moment I saw that rectangular die cut with the three hearts, I thought of this card.

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With the hearts stacked on top of each other in this rectangle, my mind immediately went to a traffic light! It’s been a little while since I did an interactive light-up card, and I thought this was the perfect opportunity. I die-cut the front panel from the vanilla card stock with a LFSRD and die-cut the heart rectangle from some Hero Hues Mustard card stock. There is a layer of white card behind the yellow (so the yellow and green glassine have white behind them) a mat of the grey specialty card and a mat of the bronze specialty card, then the vanilla card front and a thin grey specialty card mat. ALL of those layers have a cut opening behind the top heart, and the red chibitronics light is wired on top of the vanilla card base. I used glassine paper (kite paper) for the ‘lenses’ and actually  doubled up the yellow and red for a little more intense color.

I actually built this whole card with the sentiment “Stop in the name Love” – even taking pics and video of the card – before I realized I was missing “of”! AARRGGHH! LOL!! I corrected the sentiment, trimmed it out and mounted it with foam squares on top of my mistake – – no one will ever know!!  I stamped the “press” using the MFT Interactive Labels stamp set and Onyx black ink over the battery concealed at the bottom right. I then die-cut one more heart from the red kite paper, sent it through my Xyron sticker maker and glued it over the stamp. The whole card front is mounted to the electrified card base with 1/8″ thick foam squares. Voila! A fun interactive card without any pink!

 

 

That’s my ten cards inspired by the Love From Lizi August 2019 “Flawless” Card Kit.  Five stamped gems, four featuring the dies and one shaker card! I did manage to use all the sentiments from the stamp set though I didn’t use all the layering pieces, and I didn’t get to the small star jewel stamp. But I did manage to get in a couple of my own sentiments!

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I have lots of leftovers as usual, though I did use a lot more of the pattern papers than I thought I would. I only have one sheet of pattern paper that I didn’t use at all. I have a quarter-sheet of vanilla card stock left, and some decent pieces of our specialty card stock as well. I did use a little of most of the items in our embellishment bag, with the exception of the button and bows – all the extras and that great jewel stamp set will find loving homes in my stash! Actually, taken as a whole, these cards don’t read terribly pink! I was quite pleased to be able to bring some different colors to these cards and I REALLY got into water coloring those jewel stamps. Overall, a good time was had by ME!

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10 Cards 1 Kit | My Monthly Hero July 2019

Hello Folks! Scott here with my 10 cards from the My Monthly Hero July 2019 Kit. This kit is all about summertime fun at the lake and celebrating the great outdoors!

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The 6″ x 9″ clear stamp set includes three layering stamps – the dock, mountains and trees along with assorted ‘summertime on the lake’ silhouettes. We have 14 coordinating frame cuts and two fancy dies in our die package, and we are treated to FIVE ink cubes with this kit –  Lime Green, Forest, Sand Stone, Cocoa, and Dusty Blue. We get four 8.5″ x 5.5″ sheets of the Hero Hues card stock – two Meadow and two Lapis, and a half-ounce pot of Blue Pearl embossing powder. Grab your swimsuit and let’s head to the lake!

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For my first card, I ink blended a sunset (or sunrise! – aren’t those prime fishing hours?) on the top third of a card front using Simon Says Stamp Hybrid ink cubes in Watermelon, Orange Slush and Lemon Zest,  and the lake with a simple layer of the HA Dusty Blue ink. I embossed the large water ripple stamp on the lake twice using VersaMark ink and the included Pearl Blue embossing powder. I die cut both of our tree dies from some dark green card stock from my stash, and used the negative cut to ink their reflection in the water using the green inks from our kit. Easy reverse inking using the negative die-cuts!

I toned down the Dusty Blue lake with Salty Ocean Distress Oxide ink and added some sky reflections with the SSS Hybrid inks. I stamped the fisherman boat, the fish, birds and sentiment using VersaFine Onyx Black ink – I did mask off the bottom of the boat stamp to look like it was in the water. I glued the die-cut trees to the horizon, added some invisible thread between the fishing pole and the fish, and added more Blue Pearl embossed water ripples (and a splash for the fish) using a VersaMarker pen. I used the oval die from the MMH May ’18 kit to die-cut an oval frame from some dark grey card stock and glued that to the top of the card front.IMG_6382 A perfect birthday card for the fisherman in your life! I did add a pun on the inside of this card – I thought it went quite well with the Birthday sentiment and fishing theme! I printed that sentiment using my Silhouette software and the Arial and Black Jack fonts, and trimmed that to a banner shape with my Lawn Fawn Everyday Sentiment dies. I really love the colors on this card – the silhouette stamps in our kit seem to dictate back-lighting – and I think that fishing line is the perfect accent – you can almost feel the tension on that pole!

When Hero Arts released this kit, Josmary Gonzales posted a lovely picture on the Hero Arts Kit Fanatics FaceBook page of a canoe being paddled on a lake in Canada with the aurora borealis in the sky above. I decide to give that northern lights effect a try!

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On black card stock, I used Hero Arts Unicorn White ink, Cracked Pistachio and Abandoned Coral Distress Oxide inks and my small Cheap-o Blending Brushes to create the ‘northern lights’ effect in the sky and their reflections in the ‘water’. I die-cut the mountains from more black card stock, and highlighted the edge with Unicorn White ink before gluing it to the horizon line. I stamped the boat on white card stock with VersaFine Onyx Black ink and fussy cut it to avoid the border left by the die. I did add the stars in the sky and water using a water based, extra fine point white Sharpie.

I highlighted the top (white) edges of the boat with the Cracked Pistachio ink, and attached it to the card front with foam tape. I did cut away the fishing pole, and I think it looks like he’s holding an oar instead. I embossed the sentiment on black card stock with white embossing powder, trimmed it out and added it to the card front with more foam tape. I trimmed the panel down to 4″ x 5.25″ and glued it down to a dark blue card base.IMG_6384 I thought the extra “wish you were here” sentiment would be a perfect addition to this card, so I stamped that on the inside writing surface with Onyx Black ink. I think this is a pretty good representation of the Aurora Borealis, but I will definitely try some different techniques to try and get some true brightness emanating from these northern lights… isn’t there a “northern lights” stamp out there??

All of the scenic stamps and dies in this kit are sized to create portrait cards – I wanted to try a landscape card – after all, one would call these scenes “landscapes”!!

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I actually used the Hero Hues card stock from our Venice kit for this card – Mustard for the sky and Arctic for the lake. A little ink blending with the SSS Hybrid inks for the sky, and I stamped the sentiment with Onyx Black ink and embossed the entire lake piece with the Blue Pearl embossing powder. VERY water-like! I stamped the mountains, trees, and plants on white card stock using the inks from our kit, and stamped the float line (and the birds) with Spiced Marmalade Distress Oxide ink. I added white stripes to those buoys with a white gel pen and a touch of shading with an alcohol marker. I die cut everything with their coordinating dies and glued them all flat to the card front.

That Blue Pearl embossing powder is very interesting – very fluffy in the pot, yet very water-like once melted.  I didn’t add any figures to this card because the dock feels like an invitation to me – an “open door” so to say – coaxing you in and inviting you to the cool waters of the lake!

When we get one of these ‘create-a-scene’ kits from Hero Arts, I find myself thinking in terms of smaller vignettes that highlight a specific idea or stamp in the kit. Love this one!

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I used my homemade water ripple stencil and Cheap-o blender brushes to ink the ‘water’ in the center of a white card base. I did use the Dusty Blue ink from the kit and added a touch of Cracked Pistachio Distress Oxide ink for a little variety, as well as positioning the stencil in a couple of directions to add texture. The silhouette and the sentiment are then stamped with Onyx Black ink.IMG_6387 I had an interesting idea on how to complete this stamped sentiment, so before I did anything to the front of this card, I printed “you can’t make a splash without getting wet” on the inside of the card using the Arial and Brushgyo fonts. I thought this was the perfect compliment to the kit sentiment and certainly creates a real purpose for this card. I love the simplicity and all the white space on this card and how that pulls your focus right in to the vignette. All in all, a simple single-layer card that conveys a terrific sentiment of encouragement!

I’ve used five of the six sentiments include in the stamp set… how about a pun or two?

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I used the SSS Hybrid ink in Orange Slush and Lemon Zest to ink blend the sky, and the Dusty Blue for the ‘lake’ I did a second layer of the Dusty Blue with my water ripple stencil for some nice watery texture. I stamped and die-cut the mountains (on grey card stock) and the trees (on the Meadow card stock) using the included inks. Again, the negative die cut comes in handy for inking in the islands’ reflection in the lake. I stamped the dock and the grasses with the included inks directly on the card front, and stamped the silhouettes and the birds with Onyx Black ink.

I also stamped the inner tube using some SSS Barely Beige ink and colored that with my alcohol markers and fussy cut it out. I thought it wasn’t in quite the right perspective to be floating on the lake, so I simply leaned it against one of the piers on our dock. I also embossed a few water ripple stamps on the lake using the Blue Pearl embossing powder. IMG_6389Before I assembled everything together, I printed “avoid pier pressure” using the Arial and BlackJack font. Kind of a perfect pun for the theme and stamps this month! Finally, for a little extra “peer pressure”, I added the “wish you were here” sentiment on the inside, stamped again with Onyx Black ink.   I really enjoyed stamping these images directly on the card front which avoids the ‘border’ when you die-cut the images with the dies. And a really fun pun too!

I thought the little ‘Loch Ness Monster’ stamp added a cute whimsical touch to this stamp set, but it seemed a little smaller in reference to the other images. Vignette to the rescue!

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This is on a Lapis card base from the kit, and I die-cut the circle from the HA Arctic card stock, and ink blended the lake with the Dusty Blue ink from the kit. I die-cut the hills from the Meadow card stock and again used the negative die-cut to ink blend the reflection in the lake. I added a touch of Unicorn White to the base of the hills for a little bit of a ‘misty’ feel, and stamped ‘Nessie’ using the Forest ink and embossed her with some clear embossing powder.

I printed “i believe in you” on the card front using the same Arial and Brushgyo fonts, and punched a small sun with a simple hole punch. I did die-cut the circular frame using some real wood sheets in my stash, and then glued everything directly to the card front. I really like highlighting that ‘Nessie’ stamp all by itself, and it’s a perfect image for this fun and useful sentiment. Who doesn’t need to be reminded that you believe in them!!

I really like the “it’s your birthday” sentiment – I don’t have one of those in my stash. So I trimmed off the “…relax and enjoy” so I could stamp just the birthday sentiment alone.

 

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I rarely use pattern paper with the MMH kits but this seemed especially appropriate! This pattern paper is Doodlebug Designs Fairy Tales Collection (came with the Simon Says Stamp September ’17 Card Kit) matted on a thin black mat and mounted to a white card base. The sentiment is stamped on a scrap of white card using Onyx Black ink and die-cut with another LF Everyday Messages die. The silhouette is stamped on some heat resistant acetate with StazOn jet Black ink and partially die cut to leave an acetate tab underneath the stamp. This is a simple ‘double slider’ card mechanism with a slit hidden towards the bottom of the sentiment that allows the silhouette to magically appear from behind. Very simple yet I think it’s very effective! It’s your Birthday – – HOORAY! There is a little more of a how-two for this card on my 10C1K video for this kit:

 

This apparently simple birthday card is perfect for any whimsically inclined grownup!

I do have one more pun that I’m itching to use… pretty silly, but very funny! (I think!)

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Makes me laugh every time!! This is another completely flat, one layer card. Since I knew I would be printing this sentiment (Brushgyo and Arial fonts again), I used my Silhouette Software (remember the basic software is FREE!) to draw my pond ellipse with a faint blue line to guide my alcohol marker coloring of the pond. I stamped the cattails and grasses with the included inks and colored the cattails and added the grass details with a brown pigma micron pen. The ducks are stamped with Onyx Black ink, and I added a few highlights with a white gel pen. This could be another “wish you were here” card or a “happy place” card depending on the recipient… this pun makes me giggle!

While I was researching some lake images, I came upon a picture of a perfectly still lake reflecting every single star in the sky. I wanted to try and recreate that on a card.

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On a black card panel, I spattered the stars using my Permanent White Gouache watercolor paint and a thin brush. I die-cut the hills from some dark gray card stock and used Unicorn White ink and the die cut negative to blend a little reflection of the hills in the lake. I stamped the fishing boat on the same gray card stock with Onyx Black ink, die-cut it out with the coordinating die, trimmed the bottom of the boat flat and added highlights to the boat and occupants with a white gel pen.

Again, I used the negative of the die cut boat and Unicorn White ink, to add the reflection in the lake. I did use another piece of my invisible thread to create a swooping cast of line from the end of the fishing pole. If you look closely, you can see it. That seemed much more appropriate to go along with this sentiment than a line straight down into the water. I printed the “cast away your troubles” (same fonts again) in white on black and die cut that out with the LF Everyday Messages die. The images are glued directly to the card panel, the sentiment is mounted with foam tape, and the whole panel is glued to a white card base.

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Once again this begs for more on the inside, so I stamped the “life is better at the lake” to finish out this card. Talk about a seriously monochromatic card! The night sky certainly feels vast and infinite in this scene. This was really a pleasant surprise for me when this card came together. I think it’s kind of stunning!

I have one more sentiment from the stamp set waiting to be used, And 1 more good idea! Another interactive card to wrap up this kit! A “double slider” card with double actions!

 

This turned out to be simpler than I originally thought it would.

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I did make a mock-up to figure out this mechanism and then created these pieces for the actual card. The piece on the left is 4.25″ x 5.5″ with a 1/2″ square notch at the center of the bottom, and a 1/2″ slot right in the middle of the card. The girl jumper die-cut is just under 1″ wide so I added two long slots 1/2″ from the vertical center line and 1.75″ from the horizontal center line down. Those will be the ‘tracks’ that the long tab on the bottom of the splash piece will travel in.

I stamped our jumper with SSS Barely Beige ink and colored her with my Micron pens and alcohol markers – I wanted more color that the simple silhouette stamp would provide. I did a partial die-cut on her and extended the card stock underneath her to make a long tab.

The “splash” is freehanded and cut from HA Arctic card stock with a long 1/2″ tab along the bottom. I colored the splash with Pigma pens, alcohol markers and a tiny heart stamp. The front of the card piece is 4.25″ x 2.75″ (half the size of the card) I inked the top inch of that piece with HA Summer Sky ink, die-cut the water die (from the HA April 2019 Venice kit) from more of the Arctic card stock, glued that to the inked section and stamped the sentiment on the bottom with Onyx Black ink.

The assembly is the same as any other “double slider card” – wrap your 1/2″ wide plastic ‘conveyor belt’ around the bottom notch and through the center slot and glue the ends together with some very strong double-sided adhesive. Remember to keep it just loose enough to slide easily. The tab on the splash piece is folded (1/2″ either side of the center of the splash) to go through the side slots, wrapped around the back and glued to the back of the plastic ‘conveyor belt’.  The tab on the girl is glued on top of a 1/2″ pull-tab and both are attached to the front of the conveyor belt so she is above the center of the card when the wave is at the bottom, and she is below the center line when the wave is at the top.

Once the action is complete and working properly, you can add the top piece with foam tape and then add the whole panel to a card base with more foam tape. My 10C1K video has a little more detail on the assembly if you’d like to see more. I’m thrilled with this double-action card and I think it illustrates this sentiment perfectly!

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That’s my 10 cards from the My Monthly Hero July Kit. I’m sorry this took a little bit of time to get to you – I didn’t receive my kit until July 12th and we had relatives staying with us over the last weekend. The craft room becomes the guest room when we have visitors!  I am very pleased with all of these cards and I did manage to use every single stamp in this stamp set! WOO-HOO!! This is one of those MMH kits that sold out incredibly fast. I think everyone loves getting layering stamps in these kits – and I love the five ink cubes!  If you DO go shopping at Hero Arts, please use my link: http://bit.ly/2sBmuMCHeroArts   It helps support this website and my channel on YouTube, and is, of course, sincerely appreciated!

Unboxing! Love From Lizi August 2019 Card Kit

Hello Folks! Scott here un-boxing my Love From Lizi August 2019 Card Kit. Lizi is calling this the “Flawless” Card Kit and it features an assortment of gem images and icons and  some unique layered sentiment stamps. Oh, yes… and it’s VERY pink!

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As usual, we get bunches of card stock, pattern papers, dies and embellishments!

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Our five sheets of 8.5″ x 11″ card stocks come in Ivory, White (alcohol marker-friendly) Pink, Vanilla, and Dark Grey. We also get four half-sheets of specialty card stock in White, Dark Grey, Bronze and Pink pearlescent. That’s 14 card bases right there if you wish!

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We get 12 sheets of 6″ x 6″ pattern paper this month. The top two on the left have gold and rose-gold foil accents and the middle two in the top row feature glitter accents. A few pieces feature text in the patterns, and most (but not ALL!) have some pink in them!

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Our peel off stickers this month are white with gold lining. I love these dual-colored peel offs – it’a almost like every peel off is three peel offs in one! Big bang for your buck there! We are also treated to an over-sized stamp set this month with six gem images (those should be fun to color!) and five two-layer sentiments: PERFECT, A GEM, YOU”RE PRICELESS, ONE IN A MILLION, and SHINE BRIGHT. It will be interesting to see what effect the layering stamps add to these sentiments…!

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And that brings us to our embellishment bag! WHEEEEEEEE!! We get two white tags with twine ties, and a “polaroid” picture frame featuring rose-gold foiling on pink – a very thick chip board frame! We do get a new bottle of Nuvo Crystal Drops this month in a “Silver Lining” metallic finish. We also get four dies this month with a “Smile” sentiment, a faceted heart gem, three hearts in a rectangle, and a large hexagon die with the words “be happy be bright be you”. That ‘sentiment’ is actually repeated on one of our pattern papers! Back to sequins this month – we get our sample pack of the Flawless sequin mix featuring rose-gold, brushed gold, white and brushed silver sequins in a variety of sizes.

We are treated to a new LFL embossing powder this month – Platinum Tiara – platinum is the perfect name for this unique, shiny silver embossing powder. We also get six rose-gold metallic buttons and four pink glitter pre-tied bows, as well as two rolls of washi tape featuring a rose-gold foil on one and a geometric pattern on the other. There’s also a sample of the Tonic Copper gilding flakes (always fun!) and a Nuvo Smooth Precision glue pen (should work well with the gilding flakes). I’ve never used any of the Nuvo glues so I’m looking forward to giving this one a try! To go along with the embossing powder, Lizi has also included a Nuvo Clear Mark pen – similar to a VersaMark pen and perfect for embossing! Finally we get three die cut hearts with gold foil accents and a faceted heart paper clip – gold foil faceting on the heart and a copper colored clip! That an item-by-item run down of all the supplies included in the Love From Lizi August ’19 card kit.

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I did get a couple of the add on items for this kit including the August peel off bundle with Apricot Pin Stripes (new color), Gold Glitter Sway, Apple Green Bubble, and Brown Mirror Pin Stripes. I also got the Flawless Sentiments stamp set that features more of those layered sentiments with a BIRTHDAY, HAPPY, WITH, LOVE, ANNIVERSARY, and CONGRATULATIONS. Good, everyday sentiments in that interesting double-layer design.

This kit has already sold out, along with many of the add-on items and special August releases as well. If you’d like to become a subscriber (so you never miss a kit!), or want to see if any new items are still available, Please use my link when you go shopping at Love From Lizi: http://bit.ly/LFLlink.

I think  this kit offers me a lot of challenges this month… Please send me any extra card-making mojo you may have to help me come up with 10 different cards! Stay Tuned!

Thank you so much for sharing your time with me. I’m so sorry this kit sold out so quickly… I guess Lizi is just going to have to start increasing the number of kits she puts together! Happy Crafting!!

10 Cards 1 Kit | Love From Lizi July 2019 “Summer Fruits” Card Kit

Hello Folks! Scott here with my 10 cards from the Love From Lizi July 2019 Card Kit. Lizi is calling this the Summer Fruits kit and it features the ‘eyelash girls’ introduced in the LFL September ’18 “Happy Haunting” kit – this month the costumes are minimal!

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This is our second Love From Lizi manufactured kit in the last year – everything is designed, created and manufactured specifically for Love From Lizi. As usual, we get tons of supplies in this kit and a few surprises! I did get some of the add on products this month including IMG_6301the two add on stamp sets – “Summer Loving” (on the left) and “Summer Girl” (on the right) which gives me another two of the ‘eyelash girls’ and that terrific camper stamp! Since Lizi provided us with some extra copic-friendly card stock this month, I decided to go ahead and stamp all of the image stamps on a half-sheet of that card stock using VersaFine Onyx Black ink. I grabbed my Spectrum Noir alcohol markers to color everything. I also did a little paper piecing here and there on the girls – can you tell? – the bows, some clothes, and the surfboard!

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I did try to match my coloring with the palette of this kit – paper piecing helps – but other than hair, there’s really not a lot to color on these girls – Just lots of skin and lots of hair!

I did cut the 5 colored card stock sheets in half, and used some for card bases and some for card panels… wherever inspiration took me.

Now, I have probably never sent a ‘Summer’ themed card to anyone ever, but you know I like to try to use all the images and sentiments in our stamp sets on my ten cards. I should at least be able to use these four sentiments! We’ll see how successful I am with this kit – some of the props in these stamp sets are pretty tiny – not to mention the extremities on the girls themselves!

There is that “watermelon in hand” sentiment that obviously goes with the watermelon girl, so lets start there! I think we can combine a sentiment or two with her as well!

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I die-cut a piece of white card stock with a Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangle die and ink blended some Lucky Clover Distress Oxide ink around the edges. I thought it would be fun to highlight the five new colors of embossing powders Lizi introduced in the July release – Neon Grapefruit, Neon Lemon, Cherry Red, Neon Lime, and Peony Purple – so I die cut five chevron borders using a Darice Borders die and embossed each with a different color powder. All of those are terrifically bright and fairly fine embossing powders, so I thought I would try them on the sentiments as well, The Neon Lime matches the Lucky Clover ink nicely, and I LOVE that Cherry Red!

I glued the embossed chevron stripes right next to each other along the bottom of the card panel, and matted that to a thin mat of the Raspberry Pink card stock, and glued those to a Pink card base. I attached the girl and the leaf to the card front using the foamimg_6313-e1562034115765.jpg squares included in the kit, and embellished with three blue enamel dots. They match the bow and skirt on the girl perfectly! (both paper pieced) I did continue the sentiments on the inside of the card stamping the “Have a wonderful Summer” on the inside writing surface. I think all three of these sentiments work very nicely together! I like how the Pink and Raspberry Pink card stocks and the green ink blending on the white card panel echo a watermelon! And if that slice of watermelon is any indicator, then that watermelon must be bigger than her head! LOL!

That knocked out three sentiments from our stamp set right there! All that’s left on this stamp set is the “Sweet thanks” sentiment. Since all of our ‘sweet’ images in the stamp sets were very small I decided to turn to some of the images in our pattern papers.

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I don’t think we can get any more pink than this card!! The pink grapefruit and lime image, along with the pineapple and the watermelon slices are fussy cut from the pattern papers and arranged together for the focal image on this card. I glued all three cut-outs together and traced their outline on the pink pineapple and lime pattern paper and fussy cut a reverse mat about a quarter of an inch wider. I glued the cut pattern paper to a Raspberry Pink mat and then down to another pink card base.

I stamped the “Sweet thanks” with Onyx Black ink and mounted the fruit arrangement with some foam squares. I did add a couple of fussy-cut pattern paper flowers for a little extra interest and embellished the card with a row of the miniature fruit pieces from the sequin mix along with a few clear sequins. I’m pleased that the pattern papers provide us with some fruit images that are large enough to hold their own on a card front! A very sweet, very PINK thank you card!

My attention was drawn to the ephemera girl holding an ice cream cone that is almost as tall as herself! Seems like the perfect image for this oft repeated sentiment!

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I printed this sentiment on a white card base using the Brady Bunch Remastered font and my Silhouette software. I used a stitched hillside die to cut the edge of the ice pops pattern paper and glued that to the left side of my card front. I attached our ephemera girl with some foam squares, added three purple enamel dots below the sentiment and a thin Mauve Moonstone peel off along the edge of the pattern paper. The thinnest pin stripe peel offs will actually follow a curve fairly easily. I like using these ephemera pieces and die-cut images on a white background because it camouflages the white borders. IMG_6316Did you notice the asterisk at the end of the sentiment? Oh yes… there is more to come! Seems like there’s always a condition when someone says they love you more than something (or someone) else! “Unless it’s mint chocolate chip” is printed on the inside of this card just the same as the sentiment on the front. Now THAT makes me laugh! A nice valentine or ‘love you’ card that doesn’t necessarily have anything to do with summer!

The ‘Summer Loving’ add on stamp set has that “life is better in a bikini” sentiment and one of the girl images that’s actually wearing a bikini is the one with her back to us. That pretty much pulls your focus right to her bikini!! I swear that has got to be one of the tiniest little bikinis EVER!!

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I cut a 2″ strip of that lovely blue-green shimmer pattern paper and glued that to the middle of a Mint card base. I stamped and clear embossed the sentiment towards the bottom of that strip. The “is” in that sentiment is so tiny I had to reinforce it with a white gel pen. It would probably read okay stamped on white but it was very hard to read when it was stamped on this pattern paper.

I reached for the new LFL Bubble peel offs in Green Mirror and edged the pattern paper with the medium bubble strips. I like those new Bubble peel offs!! I added a strip of our mauveIMG_6319 mirror washi tape on either side and then thin strips of the Raspberry Pink card stock to the outside of the washi tape. The smallest Bubble peel offs fit on those strips perfectly, and I added a super thin strip of both to anchor my girl mounted with foam squares. A few sequins for more sparkle on this shimmer pattern paper and I also stamped the “sea you soon” sentiment on the inside – gives us a little purpose for this card! And it’s a nice pun!

I was eager to use the bonus “aloha!” die included in our kit this month, so I took a scrap of white card stock and did some quick ink blending with Simon Says Stamp Watermelon and Lemon Zest hybrid inks and die-cut the “aloha!” from that.

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I also die-cut two more layers from some plain white card stock and glued all three layers together for a nice chunky  sentiment. Keeping track of that tiny little dot for the exclamation point was a little tedious, but I like the end result!. I cut more of that shimmer pattern paper with a LFSRD and matted that on a black mat before die-cutting the “aloha!” shadow die from the center. The pattern paper and mat are glued down to a Sunshine Yellow card base, and the die cut “aloha!” glued into that opening. I like doing those reverse mats – it’s a nice way to stretch your card stock! I added the ephemera pieces to the two corners with some glue and foam squares and finished this card with some enamel dots, a little Glossy Accents on the sunglasses, and the “Have a good summer” epoxy sticker in the lower right corner. I like that fact that Aloha means both Hello AND Goodbye! If I only knew someone living in or headed to Hawaii!

I like the “Eat beach sleep repeat” sentiment on the “Summer Loving” stamp set. Particularly appropriate because we have that great camper/caravan stamp as well!

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On a Cream card base, I masked off the top third with some post-it notes and ink blended some Spiced Marmalade Distress oxide ink above the line, and some Frayed Burlap Distress Oxide ink below the line. I added some texture to the ‘sand’ with a disposable micro applicator brush and some Walnut Stain Distress Oxide ink. I like the variation that these applicator brushes provide. I added some white dots to the ‘sand’ using a white gel pen and added a thin strip of the leftover blue-green pattern paper for a thin horizon of ocean in the distance.

I stamped the sentiment using Stampin’ Up Early Espresso ink and the birds IMG_6322(from the SSS “Sea you soon” stamp set) in Walnut Stain Distress oxide ink. I fussy-cut the camper and the surf board girl and added them to the card front with foam squares. It seemed only appropriate to add the “Have a wonderful summer” sentiment on the inside of this card. A relatively simple but very nice beach scene – I really like that camper stamp!

Watermelon seemed particularly prevalent in this kit – let’s play with some puns!

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I die-cut the striped pattern paper on an angle with a LFSRD and printed the “You’re one in a MELON” sentiment using my Silhouette software and the BlackJack and Brady Bunch fonts. I cut a mat to size from a scrap of white card stock and covered the edges with our gold glitter washi tape before gluing it behind the pattern paper. Both of those are glued to a Raspberry Pink card base. This is our third girl from the stamp set included with our kit – I fussy cut a slice of watermelon from the pattern papers and placed that in her hands and attached both to the card front with foam squares. Again, we have another watermelon that’s got to be bigger than this girl’s head! Fun pun!!

I couldn’t resist this pun – maybe considered a simple joke – but this cracks me up!

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I cut a 3.75″ panel of that terrific watermelon shimmer pattern paper and glued that to a Sunshine Yellow card base. I ran a couple strips of the Green Mirror Sway peel offs down either side and turned to my Silhouette software for this sentiment. I stuck two pieces of vellum together using my Xyron sticker maker and printed “when life gives you MELONS…” using the Brady Bunch font on the doubled-up vellum. I let that dry for a while and die-cut it with a Spellbinders Deckled rectangle die, ran it through the sticker maker again and glued it to the card front. IMG_6325The big kick comes on the inside with the completion of this sentiment – “you just might be dyslexic!” That makes me giggle every time I say it! I added the small watermelon wedge and the lemon from the stamp set(s) around the inside sentiment to kind of drive home the whole melon = lemon gag. A simple card with a terrifically funny sentiment. Sometimes I just can’t help myself!

The “Summer Girl” add on stamp set had a “Girls just want to have fun” sentiment, and I was a little surprised that Lizi didn’t go for the obvious pun here… it is Summer!!

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On the Cream card base, I took my homemade sunburst stencil, and using the SSS hybrid IMG_5933inks and my Cheap-o blender brushes, ink blended this sunburst on the top half of the card front. I did the same technique for the sand as the camper card using Antique Linen Distress Oxide ink (a little lighter). I printed the “Girls just wanna have SUN” sentiment on the bottom of the card front using the Brady Bunch font again, and added my blue ocean horizon line using the new Denim Blue Mirror peel off from the Summer Fruits peel off bundle. I chose three of the girls from the ephemera pack and mounted them to the front with foam squares. I like our center girl facing the sun! Then I cut apart the yellow tassel from our embellishment bag and added the strips to the sunburst on the outside of the girls. That adds a LOT of dimension to the sunburst almost making it pop off the page.  Who can resist this practically perfect sentiment? My apologies to Cyndi Lauper!

One more card to go, and I still haven’t used the ephemera camper/caravan or the tiny eyelash girl from the Summer Girl add on stamp set – she seemed a little bit smaller compared to the other girls so I thought maybe…!

I reverse stamped the girl from the “Summer Girl” stamp set and colored her before fussy cutting both girls. I trimmed the white border around the camper and figured out it’s placement on a Mint card panel. I traced around the camper and colored the card panel to look like the inside of the camper, as well as the outside landscape. IMG_6330I cut a slot for the hinge in the card panel above the camper roof and added a pull tab so it would flip the front of the camper open. I also cut out the window on the front of the camper to give a hint of what’s inside. I printed the sentiment on my last Mint card panel using the Noteworthy and BlackJack fonts, and cut that to match the camper and glued it on the back of the ephemera camper. Everything is mounted to a sturdy black card base with some foam tape and double-sided adhesive, and I finished off the night sky with the smallest sequins and stars from our sequin mix.

This is the first ‘pull-tab flip-up reveal card’  I’ve done and I think I need to finesse the mechanics a bit… but it’s basically just a folded hinge that is a touch ABOVE the slit on the card front so when you pull the tab it flips the image over. If I find a reason to do another one of these type of cards, I promise I’ll do a detailed how-to! I think I was much more interested in creating a plausible scene inside this camper than I was in perfecting this mechanism!  I do think this is completely adorable and a pretty cool surprise!

That’s my 10 cards featuring the Love From Lizi July 2019 Card Kit. I think we have a pretty good assortment of cards from this kit – some good puns and jokes and only five cards are specifically summer-themed! And not too heavy on the pink!

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I did manage to use all 5 of the girls (6 if you count the reverse stamped girl!) and 7 of the sentiments from the stamp set(s). I didn’t use every single prop in our stamp sets, but I used all of the card stock except one piece of white. I used bits and pieces from 10 sheets of our pattern paper pack (10 more untouched!) and quite a few ephemera pieces. I didn’t get to use the vellum or the acetate specialty papers in our kit – I just didn’t find a need for them, but I did use a little bit of most everything else in our kit! Lizi packs her kits with so many supplies you can make so many more cards from this kit – as is the same with ALL of the Love From Lizi Card Kits!

At posting, this kit and many of the add-on and July release products are still available at lovefromlizi.com. If you go shopping with Lizi, please use my link: http://bit.ly/LFLlink. Thank You!! Even though this is rather a feminine kit, I did enjoy creating these cards – and I know any member of the fairer sex in my orbit would be thrilled to receive one! Thank you so much for sharing your time with me here! Your support and encouragement means so very much to me! If you have any questions or comments please let me know! (you can always click on the CONTACT page at the top of this post to email me directly) Please follow me on Instagram at #cardcutups, and please give my FaceBook page a thumbs up: https://www.facebook.com/cardcutups/ Remember to Pin me, Post me, Like me, List me, share me with all your friends, don’t run with pineapples, and as always… HAPPY CRAFTING!!

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Unboxing! Love From Lizi | July 2019 Card Kit

Hello Folks! Scott here with the un-boxing of the Love From Lizi July 2019 Card Kit. Sorry this is a bit late, but for some reason, DHL had a hard time finding me this month!

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This July we are treated to another LFL manufactured card kit featuring the eyelash girls introduced to us in the ‘Happy Haunting’ kit last September! All the stamps, dies, papers, and embellishments are exclusive and have been created and manufactured by Love From Lizi just for this card kit! Again… a veritable cornucopia of quality products!

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We even get a little extra card stock this month! We get seven sheets of 8.5″ x 11″ card stock in Pink, Raspberry Pink, Mint, Cream, Sunshine Yellow, and two copic-friendly white cards. Our Specialty card stock consists of an 8.5″ x 11″ sheet of striped acetate that actually sports thin silver stripes on one side and thin gold stripes on the other. Very unusual! And we get an 8.5″ x 11″ sheet of vellum printed with some bright green lime slices. Our Love From Lizi “Summer Fruits” Pattern Paper pack has 20 sheets of 6″ x 6″ pattern papers in a wild riot of fruity patterns and colors. Lots of pineapples, citrus, watermelon, tropical flowers, frozen treats, polka-dots, chevrons and stripes. Five of these pages are embellished with a shimmer as well! Fun pattern papers!

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And here’s our stamp set with three of those eyelash girls in various poses with four summery sentiments and a few props to play with as well. The girl with her back to us is wearing what must be the world’s smallest bikini!! And I love that cocktail!

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We do get matching dies to go along with our stamp set and a bonus word die “aloha!” that also has a shadow die in addition to the word die! Lizi is introducing a new color to her peel off sticker line this month – we get a sheet of Mauve Moondust pin stripe peel-offs. That’s a pink that I can almost love!! We also get a sheet of clear epoxy stickers that feature more summer sentiments and come in an assortment of different sizes! They have a nice rounded dimension to them and are perfectly clear! Very cool!

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The dies and epoxy stickers are actually in the embellishment bag which also includes a sheet of foam squares (generally means there are ephemera pieces to come!), and a collection of coordinating enamel dots. Lizi mentioned that she’s running out of new Nuvo Drops colors so she created these colorful dots for this kit! And here’s the “I’ve never seen that in a card kit before” embellishment – faux leather tassels! Two shades of green, yellow and red. Lizi thought they might make good hula skirts for the girls…! Another treat this month is a bundle of three washi tapes! A gold glitter, pink (mauve?) mirror, and a patterned washi tape that matches everything in the kit perfectly! Of course we get a sample of the Summer Fruit Sequin Mix – this is actually the Rainbow Wishes Sequin Mix with a sprinkling of mini fruit pieces throughout. Very tiny!

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Did someone say Ephemera!?? 60 pieces on our Summer Fruits ephemera pack with that large camper and 9 different girls! Lots of fruit, flowers, bows and baubles round out this ephemera pack – so much goodness here… maybe I’ll make all my cards from these!

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I did get the two add on stamp sets this month. “Summer Loving” on the left with that great camper and a surfboard girl, and “Summer Girl” on the right with the curly hair girl and bunches of props for her to hold. Seven more sentiments between these two sets provide almost unlimited option for summer cards! As part of the July Release, Lizi has come out with new embossing powders in Peony Purple, Cherry Red, Neon Lime, Neon Lemon and Neon Grapefruit (PINK grapefruit!). Really bright colors! Looks like they might even glow under black-light!

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I also got the Summer Fruits peel off selection pack (already sold out!) with Denim Blue pin stripes, Pink bubble, Holographic Silver pin stripes, and Mint sway peel offs. Bubble peel offs? YES! As part of the July Release Lizi has come out with another peel off shape for us – Bubbles! Chains of outlined circles all connected together. We have Black, Sky Blue, Pink, White, Gold, Silver, Gold Mirror, Mint, Silver Mirror, Green Mirror, Red Mirror, Lilac Mirror and Teal Mirror!  WOW!  You can bet I’ll be using some of these with my cards this month! Very groovy!

This kit (and some of the add on products) is still available at lovefromlizi.com. If you go shopping with Lizi, please use my link: http://bit.ly/LFLlink  Thank You! I will start working on this kit as soon as possible… Should prove to be fun! Please share this post with anyone who might be interested, and stay tuned for my 10C1K video! Thanks for sharing your time with me, don’t run with scissors, and HAPPY CRAFTING!

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10 Cards 1 Kit | My Monthly Hero June 2019

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Hello Folks! Scott here with my 10 cards inspired by the My Monthly Hero June Kit. “It’s a Jungle Out There” is the theme this month, and one of the most amazing things is that Hero Arts is donating 10% of the profits from this kit to jungle habitat preservation through the World Wildlife Fund. I LOVE THAT! Kudos to Hero Arts for giving back to such a worthy and necessary cause! If you’d like to follow along with the video, click here: https://youtu.be/IXaDvnDMjPQ

Screen Shot 2019-06-10 at 9.33.57 PMFlowers and leafy images along with realistic animal images make up our 6″ x 8″ clear stamp set paired with seven different sentiments. Ous dies include twenty coordinating frame cuts along with two Jungle Vine Fancy Dies! We are treated this month to a Daniel Smith Watercolor Dot card “Jungle Palette” created especially for this kit. I guess we’re going to be watercoloring this month! This kit is rounded out with a 6″ x 6″ leaf pattern stencil and a brand new black dye ink cube that is darker than Hero Arts Intense Black ink – they are calling this INTENSE-ified Black Ink. I always love getting ink cubes in our MMH kits – this looks like a great kit to color and play with!

Of course, I stamped all the images (using the INTENSE-ified ink cube) on some of my Strathmore 400 Series Cold Press 140# watercolor paper and started watercoloring.

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I did mask off the headdress on the elephant. A post-it flag was the perfect size to mask this, and I just used a Pigma Micron 08 pen to draw back in the top of his head. I think that makes the elephant less domesticated! I am only using the DS paints on the dot card. I do tend to watercolor with fairly thin paint, and add more layers of color for shading.

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I use a pretty small brush (top of this pic) to do my painting, and it helps get into the tiny spaces some of these botanical stamps require. I love the Lobster Claw plant (top center) and, of course, the Bird of Paradise flower. I don’t really see the opportunity to combine all these plants into a coherent background, so I’ll just go ahead and die-cut everything!

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I’ve always admired those pics of a stamp set with all the images colored and die-cut and then displayed on top of the stamp set. I couldn’t resist taking this shot. Let’s Make Cards!

I presented myself with a challenge – Can I possibly use all these images along with the 7 sentiments to create cards without having to stamp any more images?? Let’s try!

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As I said, I didn’t see a coherent background using these botanical images, so I fiddled around for a while and came up with this ‘arrangement’ that really highlights all of these images. The flowers and pineapple add a nice pop of color to the leafy greens. I cut a piece of watercolor paper to 5″ x 3.75″ and added a light brownish shadow to that to go underneath the die-cut pieces. I stamped the sentiment with VersaFine Onyx Black ink, and added a thing green mat behind the watercolor paper. I glued the panels to a white card base and added all the plants with some Multi Medium Matte glue and little pieces of foam tape. I did find some of the sentiments in the stamp set presented a bit of a challenge in conjunction with the images in this kit, but I think this floral arrangement deserves an ‘amazing’ sentiment! Not to mention that this card uses 8 of our 20 images!

The “stay wild” sentiment seems a little more in tune with the theme of this kit! And I was definitely looking forward to experimenting with the leaf pattern stencil.

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I used Lucky Clover Distress Oxide ink to stencil the leaf pattern on a panel of my plain green card stock and die cut that with a Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangle Die. I really loved that the green card stock brought out the blue tones in that ink. Perfect for this flamingo card! I stamped and embossed the sentiment with Versa Mark ink and Ranger White embossing powder, and matted that panel on a blue card stock mat before gluing down to a white card base. I die-cut a plain white oval and a blue oval mat with my Gina K./therm-o-web oval dies, and  glued those together to the center of the card front.

I added the flamingo to the oval with some foam tape, and die-cut a scrap of vellum and colored the back of that with my Spectrum Noir alcohol markers to provide the ‘shallows’ where our flamingo is hanging out. A touch of glue around the bottom edge of the vellum holds it down nicely without showing any glue spots. The two monstera deliciosa leaf images adds some extra dimension and foliage around our oval, and I used some of our blue and green droplet embellishments from the MMH March ’19 kit for a final touch of bling. I really like the vellum “water” that you can see through and this flamingo stamp is  just a little bit of perfect. The first real flamingo stamp in my stash!

I’m really eager to use that elephant – I think that’s my favorite stamp in this whole set!

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I found it terrifically funny that after I took the time to mask off the headdress on this stamp that I ended up adding a “party hat” on this elephant after all! BUT… I think that water lily “hat” is kind of hilarious! And, hey… it is a party!! LOL!! I just trimmed the bottom leaf portions away from the lily, and glued it to the top of his head – perfect fit!

One of our Jungle Vine Fancy Dies was a large curve that reminded me of half of a heart. I grabbed a piece of Tim Holtz pattern paper in a distressed olive green and die-cut two of the curved vines – they needed to go in two directions so I die-cut one vine from the front of the pattern paper and one from the back. I glued the bottom points together and then added more of a curve on the top to make the ends meet in the center to form a heart. These vine dies are thin enough to withstand a little extra bending and make a really nice heart shape!

I stamped the sentiment on a plain piece of white card stock cut to 5″ x 3.75″ and matted that on more of the Tim Holtz pattern paper and glued those to a white card base. I glued the vine heart directly to the card front and added our elephant with foam tape. IMG_6274Of course I justified this sentiment by adding a second sentiment on the inside. Using my Silhouette software and the Arial font, I printed “I remembered!” on the inside. Now that provides a good reason to use an elephant to deliver a Happy Birthday! After all… an elephant never forgets! This elephant in a “party hat” continues to make me giggle!

You know I do like to try and ‘tell a story’ with all of my card designs. The ‘story’ is so often my inspiration when working with a new stamp set, and I couldn’t resist this one!

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How about a little cat and bird drama this month!? Let the adventure begin, indeed! This feels like a snapshot of a nature program just before things go bad! LOL!  I used my cheap-o life changing brushes to blend some Lucky Clover Distress Oxide ink around the edges of a card base, then added the left-over green frame from the flamingo stenciling. I stamped the sentiment using Walnut Stain Distress Oxide ink and mounted the images with glue and foam tape. Instead of creating a rock or a log or something for the leopard to stand on, I simply hid his front legs behind the stand of tall grasses. I let the tree branch, the grasses and the leopard’s tail break the frame around this scene for a touch of whimsy, and I think we have a great little scene that brings this sentiment to life! (or death as the case may be..!) I’m fairly certain that toucan escapes..!  LOL!

I had seen lots of cards from this kit that had the tiger coming out of a swath of the tall grasses. Inspired by one of the sentiments, I decided to take that idea one step further.

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I fussy cut around the tiger’s head and slipped the little monkey behind so it looks like he’s catching a ride! Tiger Taxi, anyone!!  I cut off the monkeys tail and changed its position so we could still see it. I masked and stamped the tall grasses in a row across some more of that Tim Holtz pattern paper, added a few shadows with an alcohol marker, and fussy cut the top edge. I stamped the sentiment on a white card base, glued the bottom edge of the grasses to the card and added some foam tape towards the top of the grasses on the right side of the card. Our ‘tiger taxi’ is tucked in among the grasses and mounted with some foam tape. I did consider adding some ink blending to this card, but I really liked the white space, and how it pulls your focus right to the animals! These guys must be friends, or else I think someone might be eating the other..!!

I didn’t’t quite understand the “sending a jungle of joy” sentiment included with this kit. It seems to reference “a bundle of joy” but that’s a sentiment for a new baby and we don’t have any “baby” animals in this kit. You know how literal I can be! Then I had an idea…

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A perfect opportunity to use the sssssssnake image! LOL! I used my Sea Foam shimmer spray (from the MMH June ’18 kit) to cover a white card panel, let that dry, and then stenciled the leafs on top with Peeled Paint Distress Oxide ink. The shimmer from the spray reads right through the ink and I think this is my favorite background using this stencil! I die-cut a bunch of the straight vines and one curved vine from the Tim Holtz pattern paper, then die-cut a couple extra curved vines from white card stock and glued those curved vines together. That not only adds a little rigidity to the vine, but it helps coordinate the vine with the white border on the die-cut snake.

I die-cut the stenciled panel with a LFSRD, added a thin black mat and glued those down to a white card base. I cut the tail end of the snake off and wrapped that around the back of the curved vine, and added the front of the snake on top of the vine with foam tape. I glued (and trimmed) the edges of that vine to the card front and added some tiny bits of foam tape to the vine around the snake. I glued the rest of the vine die cuts to the top of the card front and stamped the sentiment on a scrap of white card stock using the Peeled Paint Distress Oxide ink. I did cut the ‘s’ off of the stamp and added 8 more to the beginning of this sentiment. I wasn’t too concerned with getting them perfectly straight as a little wobble just highlights the ssssnake-y sentiment! I used one of my Lawn Fawn Everyday Sentiment Banners die to do some partial die-cutting on this sentiment and fussy cut around the “jungle” word to complete this sentiment. I think that’s a fun way to use this sentiment, and I love the monochromatic palette on this card!

I’ve used all seven animals from our stamp set but still have one sentiment to go…

I had been seeing a lot of videos about the new Waffle Flower Water Media Mat and was pleased to discovered that silicon mats are good to use for reverse stamping! The Waffle Flower Mat was a little out of my budget, so I started looking for a cheaper alternative. I found this Fiskars 15″ x 18″ Silicone Craft Mat on Amazon for a third of the price! It works beautifully! I am thrilled to be able to have a GOOD reverse stamping option!

Looks like I may be reverse stamping all over the place now! I LOVE THIS!

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I swear you cannot tell which flamingo is reverse-stamped on this card! WOO-HOO!! Now, I didn’t quite have the courage to attempt a full card-sized watercolor background, so I alleviated my terror by creating a smaller heart shaped background for this card. I stamped the flamingos on my watercolor paper and die-cut the heart with a Darice Nesting Hearts die. I watercolored the flamingos and the background using the watercolors from the Daniel Smith dot card. I matted the heart on another piece of the Tim Holtz pattern paper and glued both to a white card base.

I made another Vine Heart exactly the same as the one for the elephant birthday card, and mounted that to the heart with tiny dots of foam tape for a little extra dimension. I stamped the sentiment with Onyx Black ink and embossed it with some clear embossing powder for a touch of shine. One more of the straight Jungle Vine die cuts on the bottom of the card front and here’s a terrific valentine card for anyone – especially those predisposed to the tropics! I’m very proud of my watercolor background on this card!

Now I have used every single stamp and die in this kit! Three more cards to go! I did mention in one of my sneak peeks that a wreath card just might appear this month!

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The pineapple is recognized as a traditional expression of “welcome” throughout the South and in areas along the Eastern Seaboard. Appearing on all sorts of décor – from door knockers to quilts – the fruit symbolizes those intangible assets we appreciate in a home: warmth, welcome, friendship and hospitality. I fiddled around with this pineapple stamp for quite a while trying to figure out a nice wreath pattern, but I was stuck on the notion that the pineapple had to be straight up and down. Nothing looked good to me until I actually tilted that pineapple a little and came up with this pattern! I LOVE IT!! I did use my homemade wreath builder template and stamped these pineapples on some more watercolor paper, and painted them with the DS dot card.

I die-cut the watercolor panel with a LFSRD, and grabbed the left over stencil frame from the snake card. I used my Silhouette software to create this sentiment using the Arial font and the Arabella font. I tried to match this sentiment to the other sentiments in this kit, and I think this is a pretty good approximation! I glued the frame to a white card base and mounted the watercolor panel with foam tape. That stenciled frame is a perfect compliment to the pineapples! Some tiny copper gems from the Love From Lizi March ’18 Card Kit add a little bling, and I used my Spectrum Noir sparkle pen to add some shine to the pineapple fruits. I must remember that a little tilt can add a lot to a wreath!

I did feel like I perhaps shortchanged the elephant stamp in this kit by masking off his headdress, so I remedied that with another elephant birthday card! With a Pun!!

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I die-cut a piece of the Hero Hues Pumpkin card stock (from the MMH April ’19 kit) with a LFSRD and glued that to a white card base. I used the Sea Foam shimmer spray on another card panel and die-cut that with a Darice Morrocan Geometric background die and glued that to the card front. Since this elephant is a little more domesticated, I figured this ‘architectural’ die would work very well on this card. I like that die! Don’t believe I’ve ever used it before now!

I stamped and watercolored the elephant on more watercolor paper, die-cut him out, and mounted him to the card front with foam tape. I turned to my Silhouette software and Silhouette Portrait to create this great birthday pun! This is the Silhouette Paprika font which is “sketched” on a scrap of watercolor paper using a Pigma Micron pen. IMG_6281I fashioned that sentiment to fit my Darice Banners die, and matted that on a scrap of the pumpkin card stock before I mounted that to the card front with foam tape. Naturally I had to add the “Happy Birthday!” sentiment on the inside, again using my Silhouette Portrait and a Pigma Micron pen to “sketch” that sentiment. Some orange sequins from my stash adds a nice birthday sparkle for our finishing touch on this card. I think that elephant headdress works well with this Moroccan die because it takes him out of the ‘wild’ and puts him in a more civilized environment. Another great birthday card!!

I wanted to do another round of reverse stamping, and I have one more pun I’d like to use, and I had an interesting idea for using the stencil in a little bit of a different way.

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A shaped gate-fold card! There is one side of that Leaf Pattern Stencil that offered a fairly continuous line from the top to the bottom that seemed about 2.5″ wide – perfect to do a gate-fold! I stenciled that one side twice using Cracked Pistachio and Twisted Citron Distress Oxide inks and leaving and extra inch on the sides to use as a flap. I fussy cut the edges of both, flipped one upside-down and scored the sides so the gate-fold would overlap a little in the center. This took a little trial and error, but I think the results are worth it!

I stamped (and reverse-stamped) the monkeys on my watercolor card – again, using a silicon mat to do the reverse stamping. That works so well, you really can’t tell which monkey is stamped backwards! I was even able to do a reverse die-cut on that monkey by putting the colored stamp on a light table and lining up the die from the back. The red monkey is reverse stamped – I actually got a better die cut on the reverse stamp than I did on the normal monkey on the left. I find that reverse stamping option so exciting! Let’s get to the pun already! The two sides of the gate-fold open to reveal…

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This pun is so perfect! LOL! I printed “you’re my prime mate!” using the Arial font on a 4.25″ x 5.5″ card panel. I also printed “you’re more than a friend…” on a scrap of white card and trimmed it down to size for the card front. I glued the side flaps of the stenciled pieces to the back of this printed panel and then covered the back of the flaps with another card panel glued to the back.

One more vine die cut, glued to a die-cut blank for a little stiffness, is glued to the gate fold across the center and cut at the seam. I added another layer behind the sentiment strip for rigidity and glued it to the left gate fold. The monkeys are mounted with foam tape leaving a little room on the right side of the left monkey so the right side of the gate-fold can tuck behind his knee. A couple green mirror peel off stickers for edging the sides of the card front add some shine, and I found an old leaf punch from my stash that was very close to the leaf shapes in the stencil, so I punched the mirror leaves from the edges of the peel off sheet for a final shiny surprise. This card tickles me to no end!

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Than’s my 10 cards from the My Monthly Hero June 2019 Kit! I did manage to use every sentiment, every stamp and every die on these cards. WOO-HOO! And a couple of good puns! YEA!! I had a fun time with this kit! I like the images in this stamp set – especially the animals – definitely something new in my stash. I think these make a handsome batch of well-themed cards!  I find watercoloring small images is much less intimidating than trying to paint larger images or scenes. I am NOT a watercolor artist by any means, but I always appreciate being prodded into practicing! And I always enjoy playing with Daniel Smith watercolors. Even if all I get is a few dots!

This kit is still available at Hero Arts! If I have sparked your imagination or given you some unique inspiration, I’d hop over to HA and grab a kit for yourself. When you do go shopping at Hero Arts, please use my link! http://bit.ly/2sBmuMCHeroArts  Thank You!

I would like to extend my heart-felt thanks to all of you for sharing your time with me here! Let me know if you have any questions, or comments and which card is your favorite! Please share this post with all who might (even remotely!) be interested, and remember to Like me, List me, Pin me, Post me, Share me with all of your friends, don’t run with leopards (you’ll never keep up!) and HAPPY CRAFTING!!

 

 

 

 

 

10 Cards 1 Kit | Love From Lizi June 2019 “Sending Love” Card Kit

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Hello Folks! Scott here with my 10 (plus!) cards featuring the Love From Lizi June 2019 Card Kit. This kit sports a soft teal, mint and peach color scheme and is chock full of a huge variety of papers, stamps, dies and embellishments. Just what we expect from Lizi!

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This kit sold out VERY quickly this month. I’m not sure if it was the colors, the stamps, the embellishments or possibly the rare opportunity this kit provides to make some lovely sympathy cards that connected with folks, but, this kit went like hot cakes! If you’d like to follow along with my 10C1K video, click here: https://youtu.be/zzJ06VjNB7s

Usually, I’ll take the 5 sheets of card stock included in Lizi’s kits and make 10 card bases out of them. IMG_6218This month, I decided to cut the card stock in half and use half of each sheet for card bases and trim the other half down to Acard-sized panels. I augmented the card bases from the kit with five white card bases from my stash, and I kind of like the option of having extra colored card panels to play with!

To begin with, my eye was drawn to the two pattern paper sheets that had 3″ x 4″ cut-apart IMG_6187panels on one side. Along with the two 12″ x 12″ cut-apart sheets also included in this kit, we have an embarrassment of cut-apart riches this month! I think it must have been that teal ombre, the wreath, and the dandelion panel that made me want to play with these. I went right ahead, and, disregarding the patterns on the back of these, cut both sheets down to eight panels. I wasn’t quite in the mood for a sympathy card right off the bat, so I decided to turn one of these panels into a masculine valentine.

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This is the ombre panel that said “sending love and sympathy”, but I just trimmed the sympathy part away from the love part leaving a little bit of the teal as a border along the bottom of the scripty ‘love’. On the black card base, I added a teal card panel die-cut with a Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangle Die, and a black panel die- cut with another LFSRD, and added the trimmed panel with some foam tape. I did use my Spectrum Noir Sparkle pen to add a layer of glitter on the ombre background before I added the ‘forever in my heart’ banner and the black heart from the sticker sheet. The banner is glued directly to the ‘love’ panel and the heart is mounted with some foam tape. Three little black sequins from our sequin mix add the finishing touch to our uber-masculine valentine!

I mentioned in my un-boxing that I thought this kit would give me the opportunity to create some unique sympathy cards to add to my stash since I’m never in the mood to make one when I need one. I grabbed some old David Tutera shimmer white card bases for these next four cards.

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I think the shimmer provides a very ‘dressy’ feeling with just the right gravitas for a sympathy card. I die-cut the printed panel with a LFSRD, and matted that on a teal panel with a thinner black mat. I cut the flowered pattern paper with another LFSRD and matted that on a thin black mat and glued that directly to the card base. The flowers were a little too prevalent, so I toned them down with a piece of vellum die-cut to the same size and glued on top. The printed assembly is foam taped to the card front and three of our gold crystals highlight the flower centers for a simple touch of sparkle. I really like this sentiment and the matching flowers. Lovely sympathy card!

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This 3″ x 4″ panel is matted on a thin black mat and paired up with a 1″ wide strip of the ‘confetti’ pattern paper that is attached to a thin black mat and glued to the left side of the card base. I used the Gold Moondust peel-offs (from the add-on peel off bundle) to both sides of the confetti strip and on the top and bottom of the three ‘sentiment strips’ on the panel. That helped this sentiment pop quite nicely! I foam taped the panel to the card base and added three gold sequins from our mix  for a final touch. I though this was a perfect sentiment for a sympathy card, and once again, quite respectful yet very pretty!

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Again, I die-cut this printed panel with a LFSRD, and glued that to a thin black mat. I did the same with the striped pattern paper for the background and glued that to the card base. The ‘notebook paper’ panel wasn’t quite cutting it on its own, so I grabbed some flower stickers from our sticker sheet and arranged them on the top and bottom edges. The sentiment panel is foam taped to the background, and the flower stickers are foam taped on top of that. The gold heart (from the add-on ephemera pack) is foam taped over the printed heart and provides a tiny bit of shine on this card. IMG_6229I did go ahead and add a sentiment on the inside of this card. One of the small sentiment strips from the sticker sheet went perfectly with this sentiment and is a great prelude to a personal note. More pretty!

While we’re at it, there’s the wreath with the “So Very Sorry” banner just waiting for me!

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Pet sympathy card to the rescue! I wanted to die-cut this wreath but didn’t have an appropriately sized die so I reached for my EK Success Circle Cutter to cut out the wreath. I did have a Darice circle die that worked for the black flowered mat, and glued that directly to the shimmer card base. The sentiment strip on the bottom is from the sticker sheet and the 3 flower bunches are from the add-on sticker pack. I mounted all of those with foam tape and outlined the sentiment with more Gold Moondust peel offs. I mounted the wreath with foam tape and cut the gold heart away from a sentiment piece from the add-on ephemera and foam taped that above the banner. The dog stamp and die is from the My Monthly Hero May ’18 Kit – that is the only dog stamp I own..! I stamped that with VersaFine Onyx Black ink and embossed him with some clear embossing powder  and mounted him under the banner with foam tape. A few gold sequins circle the bottom of our wreath for a little balance and shine, and I think the casual nature of “So Very Sorry” works great for a bereaved pet.

I think that’s enough somber thoughts for the time being… let’s play with that dandelion!

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It’s Shaker Card Time!! Using two LFSRDies, I die-cut this frame from the Blush specialty card stock, and glued a piece of the tulle netting to the back of the frame. I centered the dandelion panel on the netting, and added a double layer of foam tape around the frame and behind the panel. I added a bunch of sequins from the sequin mix around the channel, and added all the little dandelion seed pieces from the ephemera pack. I peeled off the liner paper from the foam tape and added the Ivory card panel to the back. I then used the peach/gold sway peel offs from our kit around the frame (large) and the center panel (medium) – those peel offs match the blush specialty card perfectly, and add some  nice texture and shine! The whole shaker assembly is then glued to a white card base. I think a shaker card is perfect for this dandelion image – everything floating away and moving around, and I like using the tulle netting instead of acetate – no excess static to deal with! And, if you want to clear out all those (infuriating) extra tiny dots punched out of the sequins, just use the netting as a strainer! LOL!

I was eager to use the swan dies from this kit and thought a black swan would be a unique and interesting way to use this crowned swan die.

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I die-cut the swan from the black and white shimmer specialty card stocks and layered the white outline on top of the black die cut swan taking care to hold all the black pieces together with a little tape. Very striking! I die-cut the cattail die from the same card stocks and glued them together with a little offset. I used my Darice Nesting Circles dies to cut three different sized circles from the pattern paper, and turned to my Circle Cutter to cut the black mats for them. I stamped the sentiment on one circle with Onyx Black ink and glued the cattails to another. I die cut the Teal panel with a LFSRD and matted that with a piece of the black flowered pattern paper from the 2″ x 2″ cut apart sheet and glued those directly to a white card base. The sentiment and cattail circles are foam taped to the background, while the large circle is glued to the card base and the swan is foam taped on top of that. I foam taped a black heart from the ephemera pack onto the circle with the swan, and added three gold sequins to the top right corner. I really like this black swan – did you know that black swans are native to Australia?

I kept coming back to the Dr. Seuss sentiment featured on one of our pattern papers. I really love that quote but thought it was too similar to the cut apart I used on card #3.

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So I fussy cut the four sentiment strips away from the pattern paper and matted them on strips of brushed gold mirror card stock from my stash. I trimmed two rows of the grey hearts from the pattern paper, and I trimmed the black heart pattern paper to 2.25″ so it would leave me room for the black card panel to show between the pattern papers. All three pieces of the pattern papers are glued directly to a black card front. The large partial heart is fussy cut from one of the cut apart panels, and foam taped to the left side of the card front. The sentiment strips are mounted with foam tape as well. I debated whether this should be a sympathy card or a “miss you” card and finally settled on a sympathy card. IMG_6235I actually did a little stamp surgery on the “Forever in our Hearts” stamp from the “Heaven Held” add-on stamp set, and trimmed the ‘in loving memory’ away completely. Lizi mentioned possibly being able to mask off this portion of the stamp but I took that a step further and cut it off completely. Another sympathy card (I can’t help myself!) but I adore this quote and just had to use it!

I was also fascinated with the itty-bitty tiny circular sentiment on the “Heaven Held” add on stamp set referencing butterflies and angels, and wanted to see if that small of a stamp would even read, much less carry a whole card. I think it holds its own admirably!

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I stamped that on the Blush specialty card stock using StazOn Jet Black ink (I didn’t want to risk smearing ink on that shimmer card stock) and die cut that with a circle die. I embossed the laurel wreath wood veneer die cut with VersaMark ink and LFL Golden Crown embossing powder, and glued the die cut sentiment on top of the wreath. I glued those to a die cut circle of the white pearlescent specialty card stock and went to work on the rest of the card. I die cut a mint card front with a LFSRD and outlined that with the small sway peel offs. I die cut the black flower piece from one of the pattern papers and glued that to the mint piece and glued both to a white card base.

I glued two of the doilies together (since they were so thin you could almost see through them) and glued them directly to the card base, and glued the sentiment stack on top of the doilies. I stacked up two of the large glitter flowers and three of the small glitter flowers, and replaced the beads in the center of each with some gold gems and glued them to the card front. I do not have a butterfly die in my stash (surprise!) so I grabbed one of the heart dies from the LFL May kit and fashioned one of my own with a body made from the mini copper gems from the LFL March ’18 kit. I glued the gems to a strip of the peach ribbon, cut the hearts in half and glued them to the sides of the sequins – this might look more like a moth than a butterfly, but not a bad substitute for the real thing! LOL! I glued the butterfly to the card base and added some Nuvo Drops to the bottom right corner for the final touch. LOTS of embellishments on this card!!

I like the ‘harlequin’ diamonds on the sticker sheet and pattern paper and wanted to see if I could get them to work together to create a unique pattern. The sticker diamonds are about 4 times larger than the pattern paper diamonds so that gave me this idea.

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I fussy cut a bunch of the small pattern paper diamonds and glued them together in sets of four to match the size of the sticker diamonds. I cut a piece of scrap white card stock four times larger than the sticker diamonds and stamped the sentiment on that using Broken China Distress Oxide Ink. Then it was a simple matter of foam taping all these diamonds to a black card panel, and adding some “X”s and “O”s die cut from the black and white specialty card stock with an old Die-namics “Little Lizzie” alphabet die. I added some of the small peel offs to the edges of the cut diamonds top and bottom and some more gold gems on the four corners of the center diamond. I like this pattern and the juxtaposition of the small, medium and large diamonds. FUN!

I’m really itching to color something now… I thought the swan wreath might satisfy me.

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Ahhhhhhhhh…! That feels so much better!  LOL! I dry embossed the swan wreath die on a piece of Bristol Smooth card stock die-cut with a LFSRD, and used my craft knife to cut away the inside of the wreath. I reached for my Stabilo markers and a paint brush to color the swan and wreath. It felt so good just to color something! I added a little detail with a black Pigma Micron pen and stamped the sentiment with Cracked Pistachio Distress Oxide ink and clear embossed that for some nice shine and dimension. Then it was a simple matter to mount the colored panel to the Mint card base with some foam tape, add a few sequins from our mix and we get a nice bright colorful Hello card! It was terrific card therapy for me to be able to color this… this card made me a happy crafter!

I was determined to come up with a great way to use that gold chain embellishment from this kit, and after fiddling around for a bit, I arrived at this.

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On the Ivory card base, I glued a 3″ strip of the ‘stars’ pattern paper down the middle, edged that with two 1/8″ strips cut from the striped scallop border on our sticker sheet, and finished that off with 2 strips of the new Lemon Glitter peel offs from the add-on peel off bundle. I think this is my favorite sentiment from the “Heaven Held” add-on stamp set –  maybe my favorite in this whole kit! I stamped and embossed this on one of the ivory card fronts and die cut it with the middle-sized die from the Gina K/therm-o-web Small Oval die set. I really like that double stitched edge! Then, using the die as a guide, I determined the appropriate length of the chain needed, and connected the ends together with some plain needle-nose pliers. This chain is inexpensive, and very easy to open and close the links. I centered the die on the card front and used my Multi Medium Matte to glue the chain around the edge of the die. That glue holds brilliantly! Once that had properly dried, I mounted the sentiment oval with some foam tape and added three gold crystals for highlights. I LOVE THIS! Yes… one more sympathy card (that makes 7!) but I love combining “treasure” and the gold chain! And I like this sentiment stamp so much I just might have to use it to make ALL of my future sympathy cards! LOVELY!

The “Sending Love” stamp set had one sentiment stamp that I absolutely HAD to use.

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I recently bought the “To The Moon” layering stamp set from Altenew, (on sale!) and I was eager to try it out, and this sentiment gave me the perfect opportunity! It took me a number of tries to figure out the perfect alignment of these stamps, (stamped with Hero Arts Soft Granite ink) but once I figured it out it gave me a really nice moon!! A 2″ circle die cuts the moon out perfectly, and I added a little sparkle to the moon with Sheer Shimmer Spritz. I covered a white card panel with the Altenew Watercolor Nebula washi tape and die-cut that with a LFSRD. I added a thin black mat, and glued those to a white card base. I stamped the sentiment with VersaMark ink on a scrap of vellum, and embossed it with the LFL Very Vanilla embossing powder. I tried a few dies to see if they would fit this sentiment, but ultimately just fussy cut the vellum before running it through my Xyron Sticker Maker and attaching it to the card front. A few SSS Moonshine Confetti sequins adds additional sparkle to the nebula and we have another bright colorful playful card! I just love that wide washi tape… and I shouldn’t have to print a moon image ever again! I LOVE IT!

Thats a baker’s dozen for you right there. 13 cards with seven sympathy cards. But, I haven’t used the Swan with heart die yet! OK! I have one more treat for you this month!

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Did you know that swans mate for life? They do! That simple fact actually makes this sentiment stamp perfect for a pair of swans! IMG_5938On a Teal card base I grabbed my home-made ‘water ripples’ stencil and stenciled the bottom half of the card base using Salty Ocean Distress Oxide ink. I stamped the sentiment with the same ink and clear embossed that as well. I die-cut the two swans and three water  lilies from our White  specialty card stock and cut the hearts from a scrap of white glitter card stock. I took some green alcohol markers to the leaves of the lilies and glued everything flat to the card front except for the second swan who is mounted with some foam tape. I added two Teal mirror Sway peel offs (add-on peel off bundle) to the top and bottom edges of this card for a final pop of shape and shine. img_6245-e1559614308983.jpgOf course, I cannot leave you without any puns this month, so on the inside of this card we get “You’re the swan that I want” (you are the swan I want – ooh, ooh, ohh, honey!) This is printed on a die-cut white writing surface using the Raustila font. A perfect little pun to wrap up my 14 cards this month! That’s 6 sympathy cards, 1 pet sympathy card, and 7 love cards! I just couldn’t stop myself this month! So much inspiration here! I could go on and on! I did manage to use a little bit of most everything in this kit (and my add-ons) except I didn’t get to those gold bows or any of the ribbon, and I didn’t get to use the three small flower dies, and, alas, I didn’t use every stamp in the stamp set(s). I’m Only Human!!

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So there’s a little extra for everyone this month! Hopefully that makes up for the fact that his kit sold out so quickly! Most of the add-ons are gone too! I do know that the “Heaven Held” add-on stamp set is still available, and if you need some sympathy sentiments, this is a really nice set to have in your arsenal. If you missed the chance to get this card kit, I heartily encourage you to become subscriber so you won’t miss out on Lizi’s next “knock it out of the park” card kit! If you do go shopping at Love From Lizi, please use my link: http://bit.ly/LFLlink  Thank You!

I’m truly pleased to be able to share some ideas with you, along with a smile or two, and I truly appreciate the time you spend with me here. I am always eager to hear from you – let me know what your favorite cards are, if you have any questions, need more information, or just want to chat, you can always email me at cardcutups@gmail.com.

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