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

Hello Folks!  Scott here with my ten cards featuring the Love From Lizi February 2019 Card Kit. This is an Art Deco themed kit featuring peacocks, peacock feathers and all the lovely blues and greens associated with them. If you’d like to see my 10C1K video now, just click this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=94ngoBC18fg

Screen Shot 2019-01-27 at 3.07.59 PM

This kit sold out extremely quickly this month and I can see why…! From the intricately detailed stamps and dies to the lovely pattern papers, cut-aparts, stickers and unique embellishments, this month promises some unique design possibilities for everyone!

IMG_5741

I did cut and fold all the included card stock into A2 card bases, and, as is often the case, I began playing with this kit by stamping that gorgeous peacock stamp with VersaFine Onyx Black ink on some Bristol smooth card stock. I was reaching for my Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers when I realized I should try out some new watercolor mediums I received for my birthday (in December) and Christmas.

IMG_5756

My sister-in-law got me this Kingart set of 48 dual tip brush pens for Christmas this year. These are just like Tombow Art Markers – a felted brush tip on one end and a fine tip on the other. I used these to color this first peacock. These markers did provide some movement on the Bristol smooth card stock but IMG_5757not quite as much movement as I have become accustomed to with the Zig markers. The inks are vibrant and there is a nice variety of colors and shades, and the markers certainly seem nice and juicy! The fine tip is not quite as fine as I would like but, overall, I was very impressed with these markers! Pretty as a peacock!

IMG_5758

For my birthday, I was thrilled to get this Stabilo set of 40 fineliner pens from my oldest and dearest of friends. I used to have a small set of these markers but I passed them along to my mom when she started getting into adult coloring books. These pens are water-based but only have a 1mm felt tip – very sturdy nibs and fairly fine.IMG_5759 Just as I remembered, these Stabilo pens are super vibrant and colored up my second peacock very nicely. I was VERY impressed with how well they moved on the Bristol card stock  and there’s a great variety of colors! I think I think I got little too much color at the top center of the tail feathers where those 10 feathers get very thin… even the 1mm nib on these markers had a hard time giving me a truly fine line… Quite lovely!

IMG_5760

Now I can reach for my Zig brush markers! I have only ever had the 32 set of these markers so I have the fewest color choices with these markers but I have the most experience using them!

Of course, these IMG_5761markers move very easily on Bristol smooth card stock, and while I may not have quite the same color selection as the other two sets, you can easily combine colors to get most any color you want! This peacock is a little lighter overall than the other two, but the colors are every bit as vibrant and the shading a little more subtle… this isn’t the best picture of this peacock, but you’ll see how nicely this works on a card. BTW… I did outline the ‘eye’ of the tail feathers on all three of these peacocks with a dark blue glaze pen to add some color and shine to what amounts to be a simple black portion of the stamp. Now to figure out how to use these on my cards! I guess I am going to have to fussy cut these… ! Yikes!

After working so much with this peacock stamp (I’m in NO hurry to start fussy cutting!) I began to wonder how this super detailed stamp would work with some heat embossing.

IMG_5766

Here we go! Nice and simple – very straightforward – and quite stunning! If you take some care, and get a good impression without smashing your stamp into the paper, you can capture a lot of detail with most any ‘ultra fine’ embossing powder.  I did try the Love From Lizi Emerald City and Golden Crown embossing powders but I thought my plain gold powder had a bit more ‘presence’ on this black card base. The peacock, the corner embellishment and the sentiment were stamped directly on the black card with VersaMark ink and heat embossed with Ranger Super Fine Gold embossing powder. A simple strip of Lizi’s Gold Mirror peel off (from the May 2018 LFL kit) down the left side completes our easy introduction to this kit. With those stamped corners, this almost looks Oriental! Nice and shiny and very art deco!!

There is one cut-apart that really caught my eye – you can probably guess which one!

IMG_5767Love this sentiment! I don’t think I have ever heard this proverb before! Since the ‘framing’ on this piece was in teal, I chose to add some of the Teal Mirror peel offs to the outside frame and added little extra touches among the corner flourishes. I also added some Glossy Accents to the ‘LAUGHING’ text for some added dimension and shine. Instead of using pattern paper with this, I decided to use the embossing folder to dry emboss the front of one of the Cream card bases. I did (very lightly) sponge some Spiced Marmalade Distress Oxide ink over the embossing to highlight the pattern a little bit and, since embossing will warp most any card stock. I glued an additional panel of white card stock behind the embossed cover. I ran a couple more peel offs down the edges of the embossing and added the cut apart panel to the card front with foam tape. This card needed a little more something-something, so I reached for the small Champagne Gold gems and used them at the tip of each embossed ‘leaf’ spray. That’s the trick! The gems really highlight the embossed pattern and add some terrific bling!

IMG_5768I did consider how I could use this card, so I turned to my Silhouette Software to add a “Wishing you a Joyous Birthday” sentiment on the inside writing surface. This is using the Perpetua Titling MT Light font which I thought came very close to matching the smaller block text on the cut apart. That works! Now we have a very sharp Birthday card for anyone who enjoys laughing – or anyone who enjoys making others laugh! LOL!!

I did think one of the ladies on the 3″x 4″ panel cut apart sheet seemed very proud of herself and perfect to pair up with the ATTAGIRL! stamp.

IMG_5769

I fussy cut that lady panel following along the lines of the printed deco frame for a little extra interest, and foam taped that to a 3″x 4″piece of the Mint Green specialty paper from the kit. On the Navy card base, I glued down a 4″x 4″ piece of the dark graphic pattern paper and glued the matted piece directly to the pattern paper. Now, how about the dies in this kit…! I had the perfect space to add a couple of the straight flourish die-cuts.

I did take some StickIt double-sided adhesive and applied some to a piece of the Mint glimmer card stock in preparation for die-cutting these intricate dies. I also used a piece of wax paper between the die and the card stock to help remove the piece when it’s cut (didn’t help much..!) but with some care and patience these incredibly skinny die cuts came free of the die very nicely. Thank heavens for that StickIt on the backs!

I embossed the frame and “ATTAGIRL!” sentiment stamp using Simon Says Stamp Steel Navy Embossing Powder (I don’t have any LFL Warm Navy) on a double piece of vellum – two vellum pieces glued together using the Xyron Sticker Maker. I fussy cut the vellum frame and was able to add two foam strips right behind the busy vertical bars on the left and right sides, and, since the doubled vellum is stiff enough to hold it’s own, I was able to add some extra depth with the framed sentiment foam taped to the card front. I think this lady and this sentiment were meant for each other!!

IMG_5771I actually have the same font used for the sentiments in this stamp set in my own font files so I did create a “Congratulation” sentiment on the inside writing surface to finish out the ‘AttaGirl’ on the front. I used my Silhouette Software and the Andes font for all my extra printings this month. I was so thrilled when I recognized this font! That doesn’t happen very often but I LOVE it when it does!

I was SO pleased to have an “ATTABOY” sentiment in our stamp set so now, at last, we get some equal time!! LOL! There aren’t any images of particularly proud men anywhere in this card kit so I decided to just go with the art deco theme! Those LFL Gold Mirror peel-offs were still on my desk too, so I just couldn’t resist!

IMG_5772

Inspired by the corner stamps in the kit, I grabbed the Black Glimmer specialty card stock and taped it down to my TH media mat. I skipped the outer frame to begin with (1/4″ left and right and 1/8″ top and bottom and laid down three rectangles of peel offs in thin, medium, and thin again every 1/4″ with the peel offs running off the edges of the card. It was fairly easy to miter the corners on the two thin rectangles. To make the corner squares on the medium peel off rectangle that’s between the thin frames, I added shorter pieces of medium peel offs to make the outside edges of the corner squares and mitered the three corners on those squares as well.

I stamped and embossed (VersaMark ink and Ranger Gold embossing powder) the corner stamp four times matching up their edges to make this open stamped frame in the middle of the peel off frames. “ATTABOY” fit in that stamped frame perfectly! After everything was embossed and cooled, I added the thick peel off frame around the outside and attached the black glimmer card front to a white card base. A couple of the kit gems to camouflage the fact that the outside strip of the matched stamps didn’t quite meet up,  and we’ve got a truly masculine Art Deco congrats card! Nothing on the inside of this one… I was just basking in the joyful reality of an actual GUY sentiment! I LOVE THIS!

That’s three of the five sentiments in this stamp set – let’s go back to the ladies and the “GIRLS NIGHT OUT!” stamp for the next card.

IMG_5773

It’s sticker time! I fussy cut these ladies from the long strip of “Femme Fatals” on the sticker sheet and removed their stickiness so I could add some foam tape on their back. I arranged four of the small sentiment stickers on the right and left sides of the center line of the black card base and used more gold peel offs on their top and bottom edges. (I know, I know, I just can’t help myself!!) I die cut two of the corner dies from the gold textured specialty card stock and trimmed a piece of the yellow damask pattern paper to 3″ wide by 2 and 5/8″ tall. I stamped and embossed the sentiment using VersaMark ink and that same SSS Steel Navy powder. Then I glued the little squares on the inside corner of the die cuts to the corners of the pattern paper before spray-gluing everything directly to the card base. I foam taped the ladies coming off the edges of the pattern paper, added three crystals to the top right and bottom left, and added a small swag of the pearl spray underneath the sentiment. Feels like a little pearl necklace! Hmmmm… SWANKY!!

This sentiment sounds like an invitation to me, and I was kind of itching for at least a little pun somewhere in this kit, IMG_5775so I turned to my Silhouette Software to create the inside of this card. On a piece of Staples ivory card stock from my stash, die cut with a Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangle Die, I paired up these wine glasses from my image stash with the fun “WHINE NOT JOIN US?” sentiment using the Andes font and the Perpetua font for the party details. There’s a bit of a pun for us this month! I’m finding (mixed company) puns a little hard to come by this month! You know I seem to be a little obsessed with actually finding a purpose for my cards, and this makes a pretty classy invitation that’s not too complicated to make more than a few!

I have yet to tackle the feather stamp from this kit and if anything, it seems even more detailed than the peacock stamp. If such a thing is even possible!! While I was doing some peacock research prior to receiving my kit, I came across an Aesop Fable – The Jay and the Peacock and that inspired this card!

IMG_5776

Now, I’ve been using my homemade wreath builder template fairly frequently lately, and I thought I could use the template and the feather stamp to create more of an oval shape on the front of this card. The feather stamp is large enough to cover the short ends of a card with just a couple of impressions. I designed this sentiment using my Silhouette software and the Andes and Perpetua fonts and printed that right in the center of a white card base. I turned to my wreath builder template and stamped the feathers using Stampin’Up Emerald Envy ink.

I laid my card base in portrait orientation in the template and positioned and stamped the feather in the top left corner. I turned the card counterclockwise 90 degrees to stamp the second feather. Then I turned the card another 90 degrees CCW with the opposite side at the top of the template for the third stamp and 90 degrees more for the fourth impression. That turned the feather stamp into a lovely oval shaped frame for this fun sentiment! A few of the Nuvo Glitter drops from the kit on the top and bottom and some Wedgewood Blue Nuvo Crystal drops (from the LFL Nov.’18 kit) added to the ‘eye’ of the feathers. That’s all the sparkle this card needs! I can’t think of a more interesting way to convey the message that “you’re perfect just the way you are”! This is a very nice ‘one-layer wonder’ card that features that lovingly detailed feather stamp!

Working with that feather stamp made me think of the special birthday present that LFL subscribers received in our Sept.’18 LFL Super Card Kit – the LFL peacock feather die! I haven’t had a chance to use that die yet, so I thought this kit was the perfect opportunity to try it out. AND I have that add-on Atta Girl A4 satin card pack – perfect!

IMG_5777

I die-cut the peacock feather twice from each of the 5 sheets of blue and green satin card stock, and filled in the ‘eye hearts’ with the brushed gold vinyl included with the kit. I was determined to tame that Black Deco Mesh ribbon we received, so I die cut the gold mirror specialty card stock piece with a LFSRD and, using a good amount of scor-tape on the back and the edges, wrapped the deco mesh around the gold die cut. Great texture and some really nice shine from that mesh as well! I glued the gold panel to the damask pattern paper die-cut with another LFSRD, and mounted both directly to the Aqua card base before outlining that with more gold peel-offs. (so arrest me already!!  LOL!)

I arranged the ten die cuts in a fan (hopefully reminiscent of a peacock’s tail) and attached to the card front with a combination of foam tape and Multi Medium Matte glue. A little double bow using the Royal Blue ribbon from the kit adds a touch of dimension to the base of our fan and all that’s left is a sentiment for the inside.IMG_5788 Again, using my Silhouette software and the Andes font, I printed this sentiment on a scrap of white card stock die cut with a LFSRD and mounted to the inside of our card. This is actually printed a very dark blue color with a bit of a drop shadow! I think this sentiment goes perfectly with the shiny colored feathers on the front of the card and all these encouragements go right along with the AttaGirl! theme of this card kit.

Ok… I have made you wait long enough… now let’s use those colored peacocks! I did take the time to fussy cut all three peacocks leaving a small white border around two of them.

IMG_5781

On the Aqua card base I attached two strips of the blue squares pattern paper that I fussy cut along the edges of the squares, and outlined the inner saw-tooth edges with the medium Teal peel offs. I cut a strip of the peacock feather stripes pattern paper and in order to mute it just a little so it didn’t compete with the peacock, covered it with a piece of vellum – again using my Xyron sticker maker to glue the vellum to the pattern paper. I stamped the sentiment in Onyx Black ink (matches the stamped peacock) and added some clear embossing powder to it for a little shine. I glued that strip down to the center of the card front and added more peel offs to the sides. This is the peacock colored with my new kingart dual tip markers and fussy cut using my x-acto craft knife.img_5782.jpg  I mounted that to the card front using 1/16″ thick foam squares and, never one to leave well enough alone, I did add a little extra sentiment on the writing surface inside the card. “Just Because … I Love You” turns this into a very-non-traditional yet quite beautiful valentine!

I did cut the Zig clean color real brush peacock out without a white border simply so I could use one of the feathers included in our embellishment bag!

IMG_5783

First, I printed this sentiment directly on the Cream card base using my Silhouette software and the Andes font. I used another strip of the peacock feather pattern paper down the left side and edged that with more of the Teal peel offs. I cut some of the pearl sprays into single pearl sprigs and glued those to the tips of all the tail feathers. I then trimmed off a tip of one of the black feathers and glued that behind the peacocks tail and added a tiny tuft of feather to the crest on his head. Foam tape attached the peacock to the card front, and we have a bona fide pun with this card!! HOORAY!!!   LOL!  I love this card and how much texture the feather and pearls bring to the table! And here you thought that peacock couldn’t get any fancier! This one is definitely the flamboyant one!

I still have a few items in the kit that I haven’t used yet, but I have an idea…!!

IMG_5784

I die cut that intricate frame die from the brushed gold vinyl sheet quite early in my process and took great care to lay that right in the center of the pearlescent white specialty card stock. The dies cut that vinyl very nicely and if you lick your fingers (keep them just a little bit wet) it will help you handle the vinyl without it constantly trying to stick itself to you. That piece floated around on my desk for quite a while as I considered what exactly I should put inside that frame. I kept thinking it needed a sentiment in the center until I cut out this peacock (colored with the Stabilo pens) and held it in front of that deco frame. EUREKA!!

I only have a Navy card base left and I wanted to see that color on the card front but wanted something a little more striking than just a thin trim or an outline. That white glimmer specialty card stock is 4.25″ x 5.5″ – exactly the size of our card. That gave me the idea to do a kind of ‘reverse frame’ to highlight that great Navy card base! I taped two of my LFSRDies together and centered them on the white glimmer card stock and sent that through my die cutting machine. I simply glued the ‘leftover’ outer frame and the inner rectangle to the card base and TADA! That Navy card stock features quite prominently on our card front. I did reach for my thicker 1/8″ foam squares to attach the peacock to the card front with a little extra dimension, and I am totally in love with this gorgeous card!

I’m generally not one to leave a card without a sentimentIMG_5785 so I turned to my computer one last time to do the “Be Proud” sentiment on the inside writing surface. Another lovely encouragement card to wrap us up this month! I think these last three cards really demonstrate that coloring and cutting that peacock stamp was worth every moment devoted to them!

So that’s my ten cards featuring the Love From Lizi February ’19 Card Kit. For some reason, this kit really inspired my anal retentive, ultra detailed, nerdy perfectionism that took up a little more time at my craft desk than usual, but, in the end, produced some truly stunning results and some downright gorgeous cards!

IMG_5792

Naturally, I have gobs and gobs of extras left over from my kit, I only used 5 of the 12 pattern papers, I didn’t use any of the sequins, glitter or the wood veneer feathers, but I did manage to use all of the stamps and all of the dies – and that brushed gold vinyl as well! I used a little bit of everything else but not a lot of any one thing – unless you’re counting that peacock stamp!  LOL!!! Lizi continues to spark my imagination with her kits and the unique themes and embellishments she includes that practically beg you to think outside the box! As mentioned at the beginning, this kit sold out super quickly but there are still some add-ons available at Lizi’s shop. If you do go shopping at Love From Lizi or want to get in on the fun and subscribe, please use my link: http://bit.ly/LFLlink.

I am truly blessed and so grateful that you choose to spend your time with me here – I am constantly amazed at the generosity of spirit and heartfelt encouragement that all of you share with me! Let me know which card(s) you liked the best, if you have any questions don’t hesitate to ask, and remember to Like Me, List Me, Pin Me, Post Me, share me with all your friends, don’t run with peacocks, and HAPPY CRAFTING!!

Unboxing! Love From Lizi | February 2019 Card Kit

Hello Folks! Scott here with my unboxing of the February 2019 Love From Lizi Card Kit! I must beg your pardon for my absence – I took some time off and did a lot of traveling over the holidays so I skipped the LFL January kit. I had a wonderful time with so many friends and family, but it’s good to be back at the craft desk again!

screen shot 2019-01-27 at 3.07.59 pm

This is a very Art Deco card kit featuring peacocks and teals and greens and some great deco patterns… I don’t think I see a hint of pink anywhere! LOL! However… this kit has already sold out – one of Lizi’s fastest sellers I believe…! If you’d like to check out the video of this unboxing on YouTube, just click here: https://youtu.be/WNVHO93z9cw

img_5724

We get started with five sheets of letter size (8.5″ x 11″) card stock in Navy, Black, alcohol-marker-friendly White, Cream and Aqua. I often save Lizi’s white card stock for coloring, and substitute a plain card stock from my stash.

img_5722

We get five sheets of specialty card stock in our kit this month! A full letter size sheet of Mint Green Pearlescent, and 4.24″ x 5.5″ pieces of Black Pearlescent, Gold mirror, White Pearlescent, and a Gold embossed – a nice, graphic linen texture. Very nice.

img_5721

We get 12 sheets of 6×6 pattern papers this month. A few peacock feather patterns, some retro catalogue images and some damask patterns as well as some standard stripes and polka dots in this great color palette. I’m glad Lizi likes peacocks!

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

We are treated this month to Three 12″x12″ double-sided cut-apart sheets! This first sheet has 3″x4″ panels on one side with a number of sentiments and some great retro graphics, and the reverse features a large peacock feather pattern in an off-white tone-on-tone.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Our second sheet features 2″ tiles with lots of phrases, some retro images, and a few plain tiles as well. The reverse revisits the peacock feather pattern in color this time – that would be great for a scrapbook background..!

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Our third cut-apart is a conglomeration of all sorts of “retro” phrases on the front and that terrific very masculine striped pattern on the back side. I’ve going to have to look some of these phrases up! LOL!

img_5735

We also get a 12″ x 12″ sheet of stickers!! Such a big variety here – from the long strip of ladies in the middle to frames and icons and small phrases. A great selection here!

img_5718

This picture doesn’t show them off to their best advantage, but our peel offs this month are Teal Mirror. Really lovely! Lizi also included this 6×6 inch piece of matte gold vinyl in our kit this month. I imagine that it should cut with dies and that you don’t have to have an electronic cutting machine to use this… we’ll have to experiment a little with this!!

img_5716

Which brings us to our stamps, dies and an embossing folder!! This embossing folder is a full card sized classic deco pattern. Looks like the lobby wall paper at the Tropicana!! We get a set of three Art Deco dies that are intricate and versatile and this terrific stamp set featuring one complete beautiful peacock and a single peacock feather. Can’t wait to color these stamps!! (and cut those dies and emboss that folder..!!)

img_5715

And now we have our embellishment bag! We get 4, meter length 1/8″ ribbons in Royal Blue, Black, Pale Blue and Teal as well as a 1′ length of Black Deco Mesh. Ive seen that mesh used on bows and wreaths and larger dimensional crafts… it will be interesting to figure out how to use that on a card! Our Nuvo drop this month are Sunlit Meadow Glitter Drops. We get a Pistachio Green Maribou feather and two Black Maribou feathers, and three pearl sprays – I believe each spray has three strands – very cool dimension with these! We also get a strip of small Gold Champagne gems, two wood veneer feather die cuts, a small pack of Gold Champagne glitter (seems ultra-fine!) and our sample pack of the “Attagirl sequin mix” with gold, navy, teal and oyster white sequins in assorted sizes.

img_5737

I did get a couple of the add-on paper packs this month – The Atta Girl Satin Card Pack with 6 A4 sheets in satin shine with a nice blue, a teal, three greens in light medium and dark tones and a gold. This picture does not do them justice! Perfect colors for this kit!

img_5736

I also got the Atta Girl Pearlescent Cardstock Bundle. Eight letter size sheets in a peach, green, gold, antique gold, bronze, grey, dark blue (LOVE THAT ONE!!!) and another mint green. I love the glimmer on these heavy card stock sheets. I think I’m lookin’ for some shine this month!

I’m looking forward to digging in and exploring some art deco designs and lovely colors with this kit! I believe shipping begins this weekend so if subscribers want add-ons or extra items please use my link when shopping at Live From Lizi: http://bit.ly/LFLlink

Thanks for sharing your time with me here and keep an eye out for my 10 Card 1 Kit video featuring the Love From Lizi February 2019 Card Kit.

 

 

10 Cards 1 Kit | My Monthly Hero January 2019 Kit

Hello Folks!  Scott here with my 10 cards from the January 2019 My Monthly Hero Kit.  Happy New Years to all! Please excuse my recent absence – I had a very busy holiday season with lots of traveling and lots of family and friends, so I actually skipped the MMH December Kit just to preserve a little bit of my own sanity! I had a blast seeing everybody, and the time off was truly rewarding! Now… back to the craft desk!! Here’s a link to my video on YouTube if you want to watch now: MMH1-19video

screen shot 2019-01-10 at 10.10.26 pm

This month, we have a flower shop theme featuring a windowed store front and all the accouterments! As usual, we get a 6″ x 8″ clear stamp set (with a stylish bicycle as well),  21 coordinating frame cuts (including the store front and window), and a fancy Easel Die with an inner board die. We also get 10 vellum envelopes and 20 envelope seals in two patterns, a tube of Pink Glimmer lacquer, and 10 sheets of 5.5″ x 8.5″ card stock in red and pink. We don’t often get card stock in our MMH kits… looks like we’re going to be making some valentines this month! Now, you know I’m not a big fan of pink, but at least valentine cards are the perfect place to indulge in a little bit of blush! This kit reminds me of the MMH August coffee kit that had that fancy cafe die. However, the storefront in this kit has a die AND a stamp!

img_5687.jpeg

As I often do with a new stamp set, I did start by stamping all of the images with some VersaFine Onyx Black ink on Bristol Smooth card stock and colored them all with my Zig watercolor markers. Hero Arts always gives us high quality stamps and this set is no different. I really love that bicycle, and the store front is supremely versatile!

img_5688

Next I turned to all the dies in the kit and die-cut all of my colored stamps. Most of these dies were extremely easy to line up, but I did make a die-cut template for the bicycle and the watering can… there is something so satisfying about getting a nice even border around your images when they are die-cut. Especially with intricate dies like the bicycle. If you look closely, you can see that I also stamped, colored, and fussy cut another shop awning for a little added dimension during assembly. Let’s see how all these pieces come together on a card!

img_5692I was really itching to put together this storefront, and was a little surprised at how large it actually is! Perfect focal point!  As I did with the cafe fancy die in August, I found a ‘plant shop interior’ picture on-line, and sized it to scale with the shop before printing it out on plain paper. I glued a piece of acetate behind the window cut out, and added the second awning by gluing the top edge directly to the die cut and then adding foam squares to the bottom scallops. That gives us some great dimension on that awning as well a a place to ‘attach’ the hanging plants.

I die cut a piece of white card stock with a Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangle die, and using the MFT Mini Cloud Edges Stencil, ink blended some clouds on the background using Broken China Distress Oxide ink and my blender brushes. I reached for my coffee stirrers once again and glued a bunch of them together to make a bit of a ‘boardwalk’ as a base for my shop. I glued the stitched rectangle with clouds to a pink card base and added the coffee stirrer ‘boardwalk’ at the bottom.

I did cover the printed picture of the interior shop with a piece of vellum that had Zyron sticker adhesive on its back in order to tone down the picture a little and make it appear more ‘in the distance’. I glued that pic down flat to the background and mounted the shop on top using foam tape strips (the bottom of the shop is glued directly to the ‘boardwalk’).

I experimented with some shop names (see “Power Plant” in the picture of the die-cuts) and finally decided to go with “Plant one on me!” which I printed and cut using my Silhouette Portrait and the Bradly Hand font. I cut that shape three times and stacked the layers together for a touch of dimension before gluing them on top of the acetate window. img_5693That’s a nice valentine pun that actually could be a shop name! I did also stamp “happy valentine’s day” from the stamp set on the inside writing surface to round out the sentiment on the front!

Finally, I added (most) all the plants and containers on the front of the shop using foam squares and multi medium matte. Looks like a pretty busy establishment here…! This kind of reminds me of little shops on the shore in New England — places like the Cape and Block Island. That is a really great storefront stamp and die – totally versatile for creating any shop you like! I’m sure that stamp and die will get a lot of use over the years! Love it!

Now, I’m not sure what morbid sense of humor possessed me, but I noticed the little ‘bird in a cage’ stamp (and die) when I realized that I hadn’t used the heart balloons yet…

img_5694

This card makes me giggle…! I used Broken China and Wilted Violet Distress Oxide inks to sponge through a Simon Says Stamp Falling Hearts Stencil on a piece of plain white card stock. After stenciling, I die cut that with an old LDRS Fancy Rectangles and Layers die. On a red card base, I traced around the metal die with an Emboss It pen and embossed that with white embossing powder. That makes a perfect mat without having to have another die..! I stamped the “be mine” sentiment and the music notes on the background with Onyx Black ink and then mounted the white panel to the card base using some fun foam cut to size. I  glued the birdcage to the balloons, and attached them to the front of the card with foam squares. A little HA Crystal Clear Lacquer on one of the balloon hearts for shine, and we have a “deceptively simple” yet “fraught with complexity” Valentine card! Makes me giggle!!

The easel die included this month is 5 and 3/8″ tall so, of course, it’s just begging to be made into a shaped card. I’m sure everyone is thinking the same thing!

img_5695

I wanted this to look as much like a chalkboard sign as possible so I die cut the easel from a piece of the red card stock from the kit and did a partial die-cut on some 100# black card stock from my stash. I thought I’d get a little more stability to this shaped card if I didn’t cut out the curly-q’s on the top of the back panel. I simply fussy cut the top outline on the back piece, scored a folding line and glued the front and back together at the hinge. I die cut the front “board” from the same black card stock and cut the same “board” from some plain white card stock for the inside writing surface.

I couldn’t decide which kind of a day I would be wishing for someone, so I decided to use ALL the adjectives in the stamp set and decide later! I stamped everything using HA Unicorn White Pigment ink, colored the tulips and the crate with colored pencils, and drew on the check-boxes with a white colored pencil. A little white chalk for distressing around the edges and this feels very much like a sandwich-board you would find on a sidewalk outside a cafe or bar! The check-boxes makes this sign feel very active and hand-drawn – I’ll probably check ALL of them when I use this card!! GREAT die for a uniquely shaped sign card any time of the year!

I started thinking that all the small flower stamps included in this kit would work to do another wreath card, but then I realized that I should do a heart wreath instead!

img_5696

I did practice this pattern to begin with! I traced a heart die from my stash on a piece of plain paper and, starting at the bottom point, alternated between the roses stamp, then the small daisy stamp on both sides, the roses on both sides, then the small ‘ivy’ stamp twice, two more roses again followed by two more small daisies, then two more roses and ended with the ‘ivy’ stamp at the center indent. So that’s 7 roses, 4 daisies, and 3 ‘ivy’ stamps. Perfect!

I reached for a pink card base and decided to stamp this wreath directly on the card base. I used my MISTI stamp platform and simply lined up the stamps with my paper practice piece and then stamped on the card front. I did make slight adjustments here and there but got a pretty good replication of my original trial-run. I did go in with my 01 Pigma Micron pen and added some matching shapes to fill in areas that I thought were a little thin. Very pleased with this arrangement! Fills up the card nicely!

I was afraid that trying to color all the flowers on this wreath would drive me to drink, so I decided to only color the leaves on the roses and ‘ivy’ and add some white gel pen to the dots on the daisy stamp. img_5697 Just enough color to add a little interest while still preserving  the ‘retro’ feel of the image. I added some dots of the Pink Glimmer lacquer along with a few pink crystals and one sequin for a little sparkle and dimension.  I did add another valentine sentiment on the inside writing surface of this card and I am over-the-moon thrilled with this shaped wreath!  I am going to have to try stamping this again on white card stock and actually try coloring ALL of the flower images… There’s a challenge for ya!

I do still have my bicycle cut-out from my original stamping and coloring – let’s use that!

img_5698

I stamped (Onyx Black ink) and colored (Zig watercolor markers) the balloons stamp five times and fussy cut them all out to make my overflowing stacks of hearts for this Valentine. I used Broken China Distress Oxide ink and my blending brushes to create the background on some white card stock die cut with a LFSRD. I matted that on a piece of red card stock from my stash and glued those down to a pink card base.

I stamped, colored and fussy cut another wooden crate to go on the back of the bicycle, and filled that and the basket with the colored hearts. Using my Lawn Fawn Grassy Border die, I cut two colors of green card stock and sized those to fit the background with the LFSRD. The lighter green is glued flat to the background and the darker green is mounted with some foam tape.

I stamped the 3 hearts on the background using the 2 heart stamps from the kit with Onyx Black ink and HA Red Reactive ink, and added this sentiment from the HA Many Everyday Messages stamp set.  I wanted some kind of active verb to go along with the notion of a bicycle – deliver, bring, distribute, transport, etc…. and when I found this “sending love” sentiment, I though it was just right.  The bicycle and hearts are mounted to the card front with foam squares, and, with the addition of some Spectrum Noir Clear sparkle pen on top of the hearts, we have a fairly simple yet very attractive card! The red and green really pop without looking anything like Christmas!! LOL!

For some reason, I thought sending some bouquets soaring would make a nice Valentine.

img_5699

I stamped and colored three of the rose bouquets and three of the balloon stamps in pinks, reds and purples and die cut them all before gluing them together, I grabbed some lilac card stock from my stash, distressed the edges with some Wilted Violet Distress Oxide ink, stamped the “i love you” sentiment from the stamp set using Deep Purple Archival Ink and embossed that with some clear embossing powder. I matted that to the other half of the red card stock from the easel card (cut with a LFSRD) added another mat of my lilac card stock and glued those three pieces to a red card base. img_5700

The balloons and bouquets are mounted with some foam squares, and for a little shine, I added the HA clear lacquer to the whole balloons in front. I think it’s a very nice touch that this bouquet stamp actually has 12 roses in it. That great attention to detail is something I’ve come to expect from Hero Arts! I did add a “happy valentine’s day” stamp on the inside writing surface, and I really love the whole purple and red palette on this card! Now I don’t believe 3 dozen roses are in my budget, but this is a lovely substitute!

I promised myself I would do a straightforward valentine with the “happy valentine’s day” sentiment on the front of a card, and that storefront stamp is a good excuse to practice my red Spectrum Noir alcohol marker blending. Practice makes perfect!

img_5701

I stamped the shop using VersaFine Onyx Black ink on some smooth alcohol marker card stock, and used my Bright Pink, Dark Red, and Coral markers to color the shop. It’s no coincidence that Living Coral is the Pantone Color of the Year!! I really like the awning (there’s that coral color right there) and the shadow under the awning seems right on the money too. I channeled my inner Sandy Allnock and colored the sky, clouds, grass and gravel with my alcohol markers as well, and cut that piece down with a LFSRD. I fussy cut the window opening and stamped the sentiment directly on the card front and did some light ink blending around the sentiment with Worn Lipstick Distress Oxide ink.

I mounted the shop to the card front with some foam tape and turned to the bicycle and balloons once again. I fussy cut a single balloon from the double balloon stamp and used white gel pens to camouflage the stray black outlines from the white borders of the single balloon. I die cut the green bike (using my die template again) and added the “ivy” plant in the basket, glued the balloon string to the back of the bike and mounted all with foam squares. Some more clear lacquer on the balloon for some shine, and this valentine is ready for a cyclist who really likes pink!! LOL!!! I am certainly no expert with alcohol markers, so I appreciate this large shop stamp that affords me a chance to practice!

I have now used every sentiment stamp in this kit – let’s break out some more PUNS!!

img_5702

LOL! LOVE THIS!! About as much as I love YOU!!! This is my Single Layer Card for this month. Just stamping and masking on Bristol Smooth card stock and Zig marker coloring. I added the ‘frozen pond’ stamp from the MMH October kit to provide the puddle underneath the plants which really drives this sentiment home…! LOL! img_5704I printed this sentiment directly on the card stock using my Silhouette Software (it’s free!) and the Typewriter Hand and Brady Bunch fonts. I die cut the card front with a LFSRD, matted that on a thin black mat and glued those down to a red card base. I did take the time to add the “happy valentine’s day” stamp in a landscape arrangement on the inside of this card. I love this pun so much! That watering can stamp provided the perfect opportunity! This card never fails to makes me laugh out loud!

I was also interested in trying that easel die on a card front to see how that would work, and it provided me with another opportunity for a darn near close-to-perfect pun!

img_5705

I die cut the easel with the inner board die out of some wood veneer sheets from my stash, and attached black card stock behind the easel frame. I was thrilled with how much dimension that conveyed! To continue the ‘real wood’ theme, I stamped the crates on more wood veneer sheets as well. I did fussy cut the wooden crates, attached them to some scrap white card stock and fussy cut them again with a thin white border to match the die cut flowers. I did do a tiny bit of shading on the easel with my alcohol markers, but left the crates as is.

The sentiment is die cut from thick white card stock with a die-versions “Gatsby” font die. I think this is the first time I’ve actually used this die – fits perfectly on this easel!  I distressed the edges of my last pink card base with some Worn Lipstick Distress Oxide ink and glued the completed sign directly to the card base. I used foam squares to ‘stack’ the crates at the base of the easel, stamped, colored and die-cut another batch of the flowers to fill up the crates, and added some white chalk blending around the edges of the sign for a little bit of distressing. Love this pun!! Definitely a theme appropriate pun!

For my last card this month I couldn’t resist this terrific, musical, pertinent pun!

img_5707

Finally, I used the die-cut watering can! On Bristol Smooth card stock, I stamped these plants using Onyx Black ink and used the plant mask I made for card #8 to make the center plant taller. I colored those with my Zig markers and turned to my Silhouette Software for this sentiment. Again, I used Typewriter Hand and Brady Bunch fonts for this oh-so-perfect valentine sentiment!

I began to reach for my LFSRDies when I remembered that I had gotten the Simon Says Stamp Frames dies during the holiday sales… the large scalloped frame is just the right size! I die cut the card front and a piece of purple card stock from my stash, and mounted those together on the last red card base. That scalloped frame goes well with the purple flowers!

I reached for my DMC light silver metallic thread to make the ‘water’ streaming out of the can – I coated the thread with multi medium matte, to help hold it’s shape, and glued the ends to the spout and, after mounting the watering can to the card front with some foam squares, I glued the other ends of the threads to the plants. img_5700

I did add another “happy valentine’s day” stamp on the inside writing surface, and that wraps up this fun valentine! I love the dimension that the thread gives us here, and I think it provides just the right touch of sparkle on this card! And, of course, I LOVE the little  double-entendre in this perfectly relevant pun!

I originally though it might be difficult to create a bunch of valentines featuring flowers and a storefront, but I embraced the challenge and ended up with 8 valentines and only 2 ‘encouragement’ cards. I did use all of the card stock included in the kit and you can bet that all these cards will go in the vellum envelopes for distribution!

img_5711

I really strive to make all of my cards little works of art that tell a story or suggest a situation – I think this is a handsome set of cards that aren’t too frilly and feminine but still convey heartfelt sentiments and lots of love…! Happy Valentine’s Day, indeed!!

This kit has sold out (very quickly) but I am thrilled to announce that Hero Arts invited me to become an affiliate over the holidays! Of course I said yes, so now, when you go shopping at Hero Arts, please use my affiliate link: bit.ly/2sBmuMCHeroArts

I cannot thank you enough for making it all the way through this post – the time you share with me here is truly a blessing! Please let me know if you enjoyed my take on this kit and which card(s) you like best! Feel free to share this post with everyone you know, and remember to Like Me, List Me, Pin Me, Post me – don’t run with scissors – and, as always, Happy Crafting!!!

10 Cards 1 Kit | Love From Lizi December 2018 Card Kit

Hello Folks!  Scott here with my 10 cards featuring the Love From Lizi December 2018 Card Kit. We have blown past the holidays and into an early dream of spring with this kit featuring butterflies and flowers in a soft palette. This kit HAS SOLD OUT at lovefromlizi.  If you want to guarantee you don’t miss out on any of the fun, become a subscriber and enjoy some terrific perks! If you go shopping at LFL please use my link: http://bit.ly/LFLlink ! As usual, I did cut all the card stock included in the kit down to A4 card bases, (4.25″ x 5.5″) substituting my own 110# white card stock for the smooth white alcohol-marker-friendly card stock included in the kit.

For some reason, as I sat down to work with this kit, my eyes went to the two puffy bird stickers on the top of the sticker sheet. Looks like a (brightly colored) male and a (drab colored) female – and that “thinking of you” sticker is right there too! I thought this would be a smooth and easy introduction to this kit.

On the Smoky Grey card base, I added a 2.25″ strip of that interestingly striped pattern paper, and glued two strips of the ivory lace ribbon to the top and bottom. I used my Multi Media Matte to glue the trim down – paying extra attention to the ends to prevent fraying at the edges of the card. Then it was a simple matter of powdering the back of the puffy stickers and mounting them to the card front with foam tape. They are kind of ‘perched’ on the stripes of the pattern paper, and appear to be looking at each other! I added one of the purple heart buttons and some Nuvo Drops on the right for a little shine and a touch more dimension. Needless to say, that lace trim adds a ton of texture to this card and everything matches up quite nicely. Easy enough!

I still feel like I’m just starting to get familiar with this kit and remember seeing Lizi stamp and emboss directly on one of her doilies with her 10 cards, so I wanted to see what that would happen if I used the Wilted Violet Distress Oxide ink to stamp a doily.

IMG_5653

I thought that color went with well with the heart buttons and I really like how the stamping highlights the texture of the doily. I glued two doilies together for a little added stiffness, and foam taped them to a 3.5″ circle die cut from one of the pink pattern papers, and them foam taped that assembly to the front of the Vanilla Ivory card base. The “Have a beautiful day” sentiment inspired me here,  so I used the small bunting banners and a variety of the heart buttons to create the suggestion of a sunburst. That added some texture and a lot of shine to the front of this card! For a final touch, I added some Nuvo Drops on the doily itself to bring everything together. More purple than pink, I think the vanilla card base mellows everything out, and these sentiments are lovely!  

Now, most everybody knows I’m not a big fan of pink… and Lizi likes to tease me about it as much as possible. Since this kit had a fair amount of pink, I thought I should pay tribute to that fact, throw caution to the wind, and do an all out “YES, this is PINK” card!

I was a little bit enamored with this spot gloss pattern paper but thought that I could tone down the pink just a little bit. So I trimmed the dark pink panels off and used only the light pink panels for this card. I also reached for the pattern paper that has the identical chevron trim in more of a brownish / burgundy color and trimmed a few strips away to use in place of the pink chevron strips. I think this worked very nicely! It looks like a normal piece of pattern paper and it still boasts its pink-ness without screaming about it out loud! I matted that assembled pattern paper to a piece of the plain pink pattern paper and then to a thin mat of the brownish / burgundy pattern paper to match the chevron trim. I colored a piece of the white lace trim with a PL1 Spectrum Noir alcohol marker to match the sentiment sticker, and glued that to the top and bottom edges of the card front before attaching it all down to a white card base. Again, I powdered the puffy stickers to remove the adhesive and attached them to the card front with foam tape. Finally, I used three of the paper flowers from our embellishment pack for a small arrangement on the top right of the sentiment, and here we have a VERY pink card that I actually enjoy a lot! I think finding the PL1 alcohol marker that matched the sentiment was the shining moment that actually brought this whole card together! And isn’t that a butterfly on there too!!  LOL!!

It’s not that I don’t like butterflies. Of course I like butterflies! I just happen to think that they are a tad over-used as a decorative element. Truly, I think I have been lucky that this is the first stamp set I have received in a kit that features a butterfly stamp set. I believe I finished my ‘Year with Simon Says Stamp” just before they featured a butterfly stamp set in their kit! I was pleased to find that the butterfly stamps in this kit are quite nice!

IMG_5651

This is my “No, it’s NOT pink, it’s BLUE” card!  LOL!!  I started by using the stencil included in our kit to do some light ink blending on the three large butterflies with Hero Arts Soft Sky ink on some plain white card stock. That Soft Sky ink is a good match to the soft blues in this kit! I then completed the butterflies using the stamps and VersaFine Onyx Black ink and then fussy cut all three. On the other Vanilla Ivory card base, I attached a background panel of the glittery blue flower pattern paper and outlined that with the thin Sky Blue Mirror peel offs. I added a 1.5″ strip of the blue textured pattern paper to the left and edged that with the medium peel offs.

I decided to try stamping this sentiment directly on the pattern paper background, using Onyx Black ink. That worked well, but I did have to go in with a permanent black marker to fill in the ink over the glitter portions. Maybe StazOn black ink would cover the glitter better but I just reached for a sharpie to fill in the glitter sections. That worked very well and I like the sentiment stamped directly on the pattern paper. That gives these three butterflies the chance to really shine by giving their wings a slight fold and gluing their bodies to the card front. I did stamp the antennae from the butterfly body stamps on the blue pattern paper so I didn’t have to try and fussy cut their antennae! There is a little Spectrum Noir glitter pen on the butterflies and I added three of the pearl embellishments to the top right for some balance and texture. No pink at all here, and I really like these three large butterfly stamps. Nicely detailed and perfectly sized to work with the stencil included in the kit as well. Not a lot of room for ink blending with these stamps, but I am looking forward to coloring some of these butterflies!

Pinks and purples, blues and butterflies, let’s see about a masculine card from this kit…

IMG_5652

A plaid pattern paper almost always feels pretty macho, even when there is pink in the plaid! Using a Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangle die, I cut out a piece of the plaid spot gloss pattern paper with the plaid pattern carefully centered. I decide to camouflage the very pink stripes with thin 1/8″ strips of the gold satin mirror specialty card stock, and added a eighth-inch mat of the gold behind the plaid before attaching the background to the Forest Green card base. I stamped and embossed the sentiment on a scrap of my Staples Ivory card stock using Iced Spruce Distress Oxide ink and some Ranger clear embossing powder. That’s a pretty good match to the grey-greens on the pattern paper. I cut the sentiment out with one of my Darice Square Nesting dies, did some light ink blending around the edges with some Antique Linen Distress Ink, and then added a 1/8″ mat around the sentiment before foam taping that piece to the card front. I think we can call this a resounding success in my effort to butch-up this card kit a little bit! Fairly simple, but enough satin shine and spot gloss to make it a little special without adding any frills!

OKAY! Enough with obsessing over the themes in this set – let’s just have some fun!

IMG_5654

Now this feels like a Scott Card! LOL!! I stamped five of the butterfly stamps using Onyx Black ink on some Bristol smooth card stock and colored them using my Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers. YAY! These are really nice stamps and, as far as I’m concerned, are kind of begging to be colored! I die cut the stamped card with a LFSRD and added a Silver Satin Mirror mat behind that, and attached all to a Forest Green card base. I colored a scrap of card with the same Cobalt Blue brush marker and die cut the “thank you” sentiment from that and from another piece of plain white card. I glued them both together for a touch of dimension, and then directly to the card front. A few sequins from the sequin mix add a little sparkle and what a nice Thank You card! This card makes me happy, and I am quite sure that “thank you” die will come in very handy over the years!

Now I have effectively used all the stamps in this stamp set. Okay, I didn’t use every little butterfly body but I’ve used all three sentiments and all six butterflies. Now for more!!

img_5655.jpg

For this next card, I fussy cut the edges on the butterfly (or are those moths? LOL!)  pattern paper creating a 2.125″ center panel with cut edges. I glued a 4″ x 5.5″ panel of the grey-blue polka-dot pattern paper to a white card base and added the butterfly panel to the center with some foam tape. I turned to my Silhouette Software to print this sentiment on a piece of the same polka-dot pattern paper using the Noteworthy font and the Sign Painter font and then die cut that with my Spellbinders Deckled rectangle die. I did cut two more of deckled rectangles from white card to glue together with the sentiment for a chip board feel and then mounted that to the card front with foam tape. The small pearl embellishments highlight the center polka-dots on both sides of the background and add a little bit of shine. I think this sentiment is perfectly in line with the theme of this kit and I love that it alludes to the metamorphosis of butterflies (or moths!) or US! LOL!

I’ve got a couple more sentiments up my sleeve, and we haven’t played with the embossing powder included in our kit yet, so let’s have at it!

IMG_5656

I know Lizi calls this her Ivory Pearl embossing powder, but on this Smoky Grey card base it looks like a wonderfully soft, almost translucent gold. I stamped the two largest butterfly stamps in an easy arc over the top of this card base using VersaMark ink and embossed them with the Ivory Pearl powder. Following along with the ‘encouragement’ theme in this kit, I again went to my Silhouette Software to print this sentiment on a piece of the grey-blue pattern paper in theIMG_5657 Rockwell font and the Ballerina Script font. I die-cut that piece with a stitched circle die and traced around the die with my EmbossIt pen to add that same embossing around the sentiment. I glued the sentiment directly to the card base – that gives us a one-layer card with a perfect sentiment for many occasions. I did take the time to do one more embossed butterfly on the inside writing surface of this card. The embossing powder is a little more Ivory-ish on a lighter card stock but still has lovely hints of soft gold…! So very pretty!  I have to see what that looks like on some black card stock!

On my last 10 card video I did a little playing around with deco-foil Transfer Gel and rainbow foil, and I thought these butterflies gave me the perfect excuse to try that again!

IMG_5659

Success! I used my deco-foil Transfer Gel with the stencil in the kit, and was pleased to get a pretty darn smooth application on this white card base. After pulling this out of the laminator and jumping for joy, I just couldn’t bring myself to add anything else to these butterfly wings… I just knew I would screw this up if I tried to stamp anything on top! I decided on this simple sentiment and used my Silhouette software to print this on a black background using the BlackJack font. That sentiment banner is trimmed down to 1″ wide, sprayed with some Sheer Shimmer Spritz spray and mounted to the card front with foam tape. Enough said!  I LOVE this card! That stencil should work well with all kinds of embellishment mousses and glitter pastes… endless possibilities!

Which brings us to our last card of the month! A huge shout out goes out to one of my subscribers (HELLO, KATE!) who, after seeing my two light-up cards using the ChibiTronic LEDs sent me a huge batch of multi-colored LED’s that work with a 3v button battery. A bit thicker than the Chibi lights, they work just as well and are MILES cheaper!

img_5660-e1544141099932.jpgI took a 4.25″ x 5.5″ piece of the green textured card stock and traced the stencil of this butterfly on the center top and used my craft knife to cut it out. I did the same with a piece of black card stock matching the opening and edges. I stamped the butterfly on a piece of vellum (two or three times) using StazOn ink to get as dark a stamping as possible (I don’t have any black embossing powder). I did stamp and clear emboss one of the butterfly bodies on the pattern paper between the wings and made the body a little longer so the antennae would really show up. I used my Silhouette software again to print “light up my life” in the Bradley Hand font on the pattern paper to go along with the “you” die cut from a Lawn Fawn Scripty Borders thank you die (2 pieces glued together) in white.

Once the stamping was dry, I glued the stamped vellum behind the opening on the pattern paper and glued a piece of transparent yellow glassine on top of the black card stock. Then I glued both of those pieces together making sure to line up the openings and the edges. I trimmed that double piece down to 4″ x 5.25″ to leave a little bit of the card base exposed around the edges. I also stamped the “press here” from the MFT Interactive Labels stamp set and white embossed that at the appropriate location on the front.

These normal LEDs wire up the same way as the Chibi stickers – you just have to make sure you match the polarity and make the contact between your copper tape and the LED leads on TOP of the tape because the adhesive side of the tape does not conduct current well enough. I did do a little practice run on a scrap of card stock to make sure these little lights would work and sure enough… seems every bit as good as those Chibi lights! After wiring the card base, I attached the card front using a double thickness of foam tape. 

Well..!!!  I think that works great!! This simple card is extremely nice, clean, sharp and understated until you ‘press here’ and reveal the light! Really a bit of a surprise! I LOVE IT!  Beware…! I have stocked up on some 3v button batteries and with all the LEDs Kate treated me to, I see a long series of light-up cards in my future..!!  LOL!!

That wraps up my 10 assorted cards with the Love From Lizi December ’18 Card Kit.

IMG_5665I grew to really like the stamps and stencil in this kit as I worked with them, and am quite pleased with the variety of cards I managed to pull together. I did use all of the stamps in the stamp set (minus a couple bodies) and I believe I used a little bit of everything in our embellishments bag. I think the ‘with love” die was the only item I didn’t use on these 10 cards! Of course I have bunches of everything left over – five full sheets of the specialty pattern papers but only two full sheets of the double-sided pattern papers – that means I used pieces from 9 different pattern papers. It’s always the best feeling to finish up a batch of cards and then realize that you have enough left over to make a whole new batch! Of course, I file everything away in my stash for use whenever and wherever the spirit strikes me!

This kit HAS SOLD OUT at lovefromlizi.com.  If you want to guarantee you don’t miss out on any of the fun, become a subscriber and enjoy some terrific perks! If you go shopping at LFL please use my link: http://bit.ly/LFLlink !

Thank you SO MUCH for sharing your time with me here! I want to wish you and yours and everyone you care for a happy, healthy and safe holiday season. Please share this post with all who might be interested, list me, like me, pin me, post me, share me with all of your friends – don’t run with scissors! – and – HAPPY CRAFTING!!!

 

10 Cards 1 Kit | My Monthly Hero November 2018 Kit

Hello Folks!  Scott here with my 10 Cards from the My Monthly Hero November 2018 Kit. This month we received a very unique kit that featured an A2-card sized Advent Calendar stamp and die collection. I never would have thought you could get 24 little windows on the front of an A-2 card!

Screen Shot 2018-11-24 at 12.38.28 PM

The 4.25″ x  5.5″ background cling stamp is the centerpiece of this collection and features 3 removable ornament stamps for a little added versatility. To go along with that cling stamp we got a 4.25″ x 5.5″ Ornament Flap Fancy Die that cuts out all the background ornaments while leaving a scored fold line at the top of each. To complete your Advent Calendar, we get a 4″ x 6″ clear stamp set with 41 small holiday icons and sentiments and a complete set of number stamps from 0 to 9. Finally, we are treated to two .5 oz. pots of Hero Arts embossing powder in Gold and Green-gold. At first glance, it seems like the options with this kit may be pretty limited, but after spending some time playing with these supplies, I discovered some interesting ways to create with this kit!

IMG_5611

Since we received embossing powders with this kit, I started experimenting with embossing the background stamp on different card stocks. Top row, L to R: LFL Silver Dollar embossing powder on Blue card stock, LFL Emerald City embossing powder on a red card stock, and the HA Green-gold powder on Kraft card stock. It seems that HA embossing powder gets very dark on colored paper. Then I have some WOW! Cloud 9 glitter embossing powder on Black card stock. That embossing powder sheds glitter very easily – no matter how much you melt it. I though I could stop the shedding by spraying a fixative over the top but, seeing as how the fixative was matte, it pretty much destroyed that whole piece! Live and Learn!!

Second row, L to R: Ranger White embossing powder on blue card stock, the Hero Arts Gold embossing powder on a dark green card stock, the HA Green-gold embossing powder on white – the green-gold color works best on white I think – and the same powder on red card stock – very dark again.  Finally, I stamped the center Bristol smooth card stock with VersaFine Onyx Black ink. I really think that background stamp is quite beautiful and enjoyed trying out different embossing colors and card stocks. Before I knew it, I had 9 different backgrounds ready to play with!

So… let’s try an Advent Calendar card to start out with!

img_5616.jpg

This card front is the Love From Lizi Emerald City embossing powder on red card stock die cut with the ornament fancy die. I was a little concerned with getting an accurate stamping of the numbers on top of the embossing powder, so I reached for my old “Marker Micro” Alphabet die to cut out all the numbers from white card stock. These are 3/8″ tall numbers so they were sized perfectly for these ornaments.

img_5617.jpg

I did use the icon stamps on the front of a white card base for the images under the windows. I first cut out a blank of the ornament fancy die from a scrap of card stock and removed all the ornaments flaps to give me a template for stamping the images in the correct spaces. (You could use the windows in the die, but they are actually a little smaller than the cut windows) We could have used a few smaller icon stamps – I found it a little challenging to fill all 24 windows with properly sized unique images. IMG_5618I was able to use my watercolor markers to ‘color’ some of the solid stamps like the candlestick here, so all the images weren’t just flat stamps. I did add a Merry Christmas on the inside of this card using a die from the November 2017 Love From Lizi kit cut from dark green card stock.

I LOVE this concept, but whichever way you choose to put these Advent Calendars together, it will take a firm commitment and a good amount of time –  I would only spend this much time on a card for someone very special!

However, that background stamp is a lovely foundation for a variety of holiday cards!

img_5620.jpg

This is the LFL Silver Dollar embossing powder on blue card stock – I really like this, and it’s not quite so Hanukkah-ish as the blue and white is! LOL! For the sentiment on this card, I reached for the Sending You Sentiments stamps and dies from Honey Bee. I die-cut the “Special delivery” from some silver card stock, the shadow from the same blue card stock,  and embossed the “holiday” stamp in silver on a scrap of the blue. I also cut from some of the shadow dies out of white card as well, and glued a few layers IMG_5621together for a little chunky dimension. All the pieces are foam taped on top of that great background, and complimented on the inside with another Merry Christmas die cut from the silver card stock used on the front.

Well, I like that! Really a great background image for holiday cards! Lets do more!

img_5622.jpg

I used the included gold embossing powder on dark green card stock for this background. I wanted to use this Lawn Fawn Scripty Joy die on this card and was contemplating putting it on a circle or square die cut when I realized it should go on an ornament! I turned to my Silhouette Portrait to create this large ornament cut from the same green card stock and topped with a gold mirror card stock hanger. I cut two of the ornament shapes and glued them together for some added stiffness, and die cut the “joy” from more of the gold mirror card stock and three layers of white card and glued them together for a thick sentiment. IMG_5623I did stamp the snowflake stamps from the kit in VersaMark ink for a little tone on tone pattern before I glued the sentiment on the front. I ran the edges of the ornament on a Delicata Gold ink pad and mounted that to the card front with foam tape. I did finish this card on the inside with this lovely (though small) stamp from the 12/16 My Paper Pumpkin kit. I like the variety of looks you can get using that background stamp with assorted embossing powders on various card colors.

You can also use only a portion of that cling stamp for your backgrounds.

img_5624.jpg

This is the Green-gold embossing powder on some Kraft card stock and I simply fussy- cut the right edge of the stamp and foam taped it to a Kraft card base for an interesting edge. The card base is covered with a Spectrum Noir clear sparkle pen and the sentiment I pulled out of my own image stash and cut three layers of that on my Silhouette Portrait to make a nice thick sentiment. A little sparkle pen on the sentiment and we get a whole different look using that same background stamp! And that Green-gold embossing powder is rather interesting!

You can also think about these stamps and fancy die as giving you 24 different (small) Christmas ornaments that you can use in a variety of ways.

img_5625.jpg

For this card I embossed the background stamp in Silver Dollar on a piece of card stock colored with the Hero Arts Sea Foam Shimmer spray that we received in our MMH June ’18 kit. I used the die cut to cut the whole panel and chose these seven ornaments to use on this card. I simply cut them off of the background at their score lines and attached silver thread to the back of each ornament. I created the frame using two Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangle dies from another piece of Sea Foam card stock and attached the ornament threads to the back of the frame with some scor-tape. On a white glitter card base (old David Tuterra card base) I foam taped the frame to the card front and mounted all the ornaments with little pieces of foam tape as well – taking care to keep the hanging threads straight. I then added little silver bows to the top of each ornament with some Multi Media Matte glue.  I die-cut the Merry Christmas from the same sea foam shimmer card to use as the sentiment. I really like the threads floating above the card base and between the embossing, the shimmer spray, the silver thread and the glitter card base, there is lots of sparkle to this card!

If you follow me on Instagram or FaceBook, I shared this colored background on social media and was eager to use it on a card. This is the cling stamp IMG_5626

stamped with VersaFine Onyx Black ink on Bristol smooth card stock and colored with my Zigg Clean Color Real Brush Markers. A fun coloring challenge to make 24 ornaments look different, but I really like how this came out. I liked it so much, I simply added this panel to a white card base and embossed the Merry Christmas Sentiment (from the Simon Says Stamp Christmas Squad stamp set) using Onyx Black ink and clear embossing powder. I trimmed that down to a simple rectangle and mounted it to the card front with some foam tape. This background stamp is lovely all by itself and is perfect for holiday cards.

Now I turned my attention to the 4″ x 6″ clear stamp set with all those little icon images.

img_5627.jpg

You know I just have to make a wreath! I stamped this wreath using my home-made wreath-builder template on plain white card stock and used my watercolor markers to stamp with. I stamped the “be merry” sentiment from the stamp set using the same markers and embossed that with VersaMark ink and embossed it with some clear embossing powder. I die cut the panel with a LFSRD and attached that to red and green card stock mats. I found this holiday ribbon in my stash and ran it through my Xyron sticker maker to cover the back with adhesive, and glued that to the card front and wrapped the edges around the mats before gluing all down to a plain white card base. I added a double bow using the green ribbon from the kit, and attached some gold gems from my stash for a little extra bling. I like this ‘wreath’ a lot – perfect for Christmas!

There has to be more ways we can use these little icon stamps! This idea was prompted by another sentiment stamp from the “Squad Goals” stamp set.

IMG_5628

Who could resist all these gingerbread men lined up in a row? The cookie and candy stamps worked perfectly too. I used my Tim Holtz stamp platform to do all of the repetitive stamping using a variety of inks from my stash, and embossed the sentiment in the center using Onyx Black ink and clear embossing powder. I finished out the edges with a striped stamp from the Simon Says Stamp Crafty Friend Stamp set, and trimmed the panel down to mount on a Kraft card base. A couple of tree jewels from my stash help compliment the Christmas theme and add a little touch of sparkle! YUMMM!

I had one more interesting idea on how to use these little icon stamps on their own…

IMG_5629

Looks like a Christmas tree to me!!! I used every image stamp from the stamp set on this tree except for the 3 snowflakes and the ‘kiss’ mistletoe. 26 stamps including the “Bring Cheer” stump!! I also limited myself to using only Distress Oxide inks (the first release) for this image and I really like the slightly subtler color palette of this card. Colorful but a big contrast to the Zig marker colored background! IMG_5630Some small white pearl embellishments from my stash add just the right shine and a little dimension to our tree. A simple thin black mat glued behind the front panel, then to a white card base and we’ve got another interesting way to use this stamp set! I didn’t want the ‘kiss’ stamp to feel left out, so I used it along with the SSS “Merry Christmas” stamp (both still in the Distress Oxide inks) for our sentiment on the inside of the card. I adore this card! Feels like I can forgive the narrow focus of this kit after making this!

I still had one technique that I wanted to try with this background cling stamp and die.

img_5631-e1543547414831.jpg

Yup! I wanted to try to foil these ornaments. I recently got some of this rainbow deco foil and I thought it would make these ornaments look like those old mercury glass ornaments. My grandmother had a few of these ornaments and I remember how colorful and shiny they were. It did take me a few tries to get this to work – I thought that the die might work as a stencil, so I tried using some deco-foil transfer gel through the die and foiling the gel but I could never get a solid smooth application of the foil.

Ultimately, I stamped the ornament cling stamp using Hero Arts Unicorn White ink on a piece of black card stock and cut it out with the fancy die. I turned to my deco-foil adhesive toner sheets and foiled a 4.25″ x 5.5″ piece of toner paper, die cut it with the fancy ornament die, cut away all the ornaments along their score lines, and stuck them to the top of the original black die cut ornaments. This Worked Great!!! So Very Pretty!

I wasn’t particularly thrilled with the ‘image behind the window’ concept so I came up with something a little different to go behind the window on our Advent Calendar Card. How about activities with a holiday theme! Like this one… “Make ornaments for the tree” – a perfect activity attuned to the holidays. I didn’t want to use any numbers on the ornament windows – you can open them in any order you choose – and who wants to cover up any of that lovely rainbow foil! But I did add that pretty Paper Pumpkin “Merry Christmas stamp on the inside of the card.

Here’s the rest of the ‘activities’ that appear behind the windows on this card. I used my Silhouette Software to create this printable file with little suggestions for fun holiday activities that show up behind all of the windows instead of simple images. After all, most Advent Calendars have a reward or a treat behind each ‘door’ and it felt like a simple image wasn’t enough to build up some anticipation for the coming of Christmas! Some of these ‘activity’ suggestions are crafty, some are charitable, and some are just plain fun! Not only is this encouraging participants into more than just ‘getting a present’, but being able to print this as a backing for the ornaments certainly beats having to stamp 24 different images! I think this idea make these stamps and dies much more useful to the average card maker. In fact, If you would like a copy of this Silhouette file for your own use, just go to the contact page and send me an email requesting the file and I’ll send it to you asap!

I did find that stamping the background cling stamp on a larger than A2 card stock to begin with, makes die cutting the image a lot siompler, and, since the die cuts the outline anyway, go ahead and make it easier on yourself!

Well, I did it! 10 different cards from this kit! I feel quite accomplished and very excited for the holidays after working on these cards. I’m sorry this post is a little delayed… we took a little extra time off over the Thanksgiving holiday to spend with family and friends! I do think this is a pretty good variety of Holiday cards this month – I did manage to use 32 of the 41 stamps (no numbers either) and I honestly believe that the ornament cling stamp and fancy die are worth every penny and should get lots of use over the years!

Thank you so much for sharing your time with me here. I hope I was able to provide you with a little inspiration and some unique ideas on how to use this My Monthly Hero November 2018 kit. Please share this post with anyone you think might be interested, please link me and post me, and pin me and share me with all your friends… don’t run with scissors… and Happy Crafting!

Unboxing! Love From Lizi | December 2018 Card Kit

Hello Folks! Scott here unboxing the Love From Lizi December 2018 Card Kit!

Screen Shot 2018-11-22 at 2.01.27 PM

This is a rather vintage feeling card kit featuring lots of flowers and butterflies and gobs of assorted embellishments. Plenty of pink for those who missed pink in last month’s kit!

IMG_5644

We get our standard five sheets of card stock in letter size (8.5″ x 11″) with two sheets of super-smooth alcohol-marker-friendly white, Forest Green, Smokey Gray, and Vanilla Ivory. For our Specialty card stock this month, Lizi has treated us to two full-size sheets of Gold and Silver Satin Mirror card. LOVE these full sheets! Plenty of leftovers!

IMG_5641

For our pattern paper this month, we get 16 sheets of 8″ x 8″ pattern paper of which eight are specialty pattern paper. The three on the top left have glitter accents, the next three have spot gloss accents and the last two on the bottom right are a heavy canvas texture. These specialty patterns are single-sided, but the other pattern papers are double-sided.

IMG_5642

Featuring floral patterns and a soft color palette, this side of the remaining eight pattern papers have bold patterns in geometric arrangements and natural botanical designs.

IMG_5643

While the reverse of those papers emphasizes the same color palette with some classic polka-dots and soft fabric textures for a more subtle pattern. Lots of papers to use!

IMG_5640

We get a new LFL color of peel-offs this month – Sky Blue Mirror! I think these match last month’s Wedgewood Blue Nuvo Drops almost perfectly! We are also treated to a sheet of puffy stickers with six different sentiments, some butterflies, birds, flowers and hearts. These stickers are all nicely sized and feature plenty of pink! LOL!

IMG_5639

I knew it was only a matter of time before I received a butterfly stamp set. I have never been a big fan of butterflies – I tend to think that they are over-used on hand made greeting cards – but this is actually a very nice stamp and stencil set. This is Lizi’s “Flutterby” stamp set and stencil, and they are designed to compliment each other . The stencils are sized to match the stamps so you can do ink blending and other effects before (or after) you stamp the butterflies. There are also separate butterfly bodies of assorted sizes in the stamp set as well! I REALLY appreciate that and don’t think I have seen that with other butterfly stamps. Other than the butterflies, the stamp set also includes three nice sentiments: “Live laugh, Love”, “Spread more love”, and “Have a beautiful day”. I’m looking forward to experimenting with this stamp and stencil set!

Which brings us to our final package in this month’s kit – the Embellishments Bag!

IMG_5638

From left to right, and top to bottom, our goodie bag includes 5 white mini doilies, a sheet of various sizes of adhesive pearl embellishments in off-white, gold and soft pink, a full pot of embossing powder in a new Love From Lizi color – Ivory Pearl, and our sample packet of the Flutterby sequin mix (no pinks in the mix!?). We get another full-sized bottle of Nuvo Drops in Plum Pudding (I believe that is a new color too!). We get a package of 35 heart shaped buttons in dark purple, mauve, and a soft lilac mauve. I happened to get a pink one too! I think Lizi included that one just for me!  LOL!!

Once again, our ribbon selection this month is all neatly wrapped on a great cardboard spool – I LOVE that! We get four one meter lengths of lace trim – one in ivory and the others in white – easily colored with a variety of mediums! Never fear, there are more flowers here… five paper flowers of varied sizes and colors on long wire stems. Interestingly enough, we also get a huge assortment of triangle bunting pieces in different sizes and patterns with a compliment of twine for stringing them up! Last but not least (and one of my favorites in this kit) we get two wafer dies – a script-y “thank you” die and a heart and arrow die featuring “with love” in the center of the heart. I have been waiting for some kind of “Thank You” sentiment to come in one our LFL kits and I am thrilled to get this “thank you” die this month! Thank YOU, Lizi!  LOL!

As of posting, this kit is still available at lovefromlizi.com. There is also a bunch of add-ons and new coordinating products for your shopping pleasure. Remember, subscribers have through November 25th to add items to their kit with no extra shipping charges – and if you do go shopping with Lizi, please use my link: http://bit.ly/LFLlink.

Thank you so much for sharing your time with me here – please pass this post along to anyone who might be interested – keep an eye out for my 10 Cards 1 Kit video featuring this kit, and as always… Happy Crafting!

 

 

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

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

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

Screen Shot 2018-11-03 at 1.19.47 PM

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

IMG_5577

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

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

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

IMG_5578

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

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

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

IMG_5579

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

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

img_5580.jpg

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

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

IMG_5574

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

IMG_5582

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

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

IMG_5583

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

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

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

IMG_5585

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

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

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

IMG_5587

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

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

IMG_5588

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

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

IMG_5589

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

img_5602.jpg

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

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

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

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