10 Cards 1 Kit | My Monthly Hero May 2019

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Hello Folks! Scott here with my 10 cards created from the My Monthly Hero May 2019 MMH 5-19 kitKit. Hero Arts is calling this “A Crafty Life is a Happy Life” kit in celebration of their 45th anniversary! This month we get a 6″ x 8″ clear stamp set featuring all sorts of craft supplies from stamping and painting to knitting and stitching along with 11 ‘crafty’ sentiments. We also get 20 matching frame cut dies and 2 Fancy Dies. I like the wide variety of crafty tools included with this stamp and die set! We also get a .5 oz. pot of Purple Sparkle Embossing Powder, a Clear Embossing and Watermark Ink Cube, a roll of Lavender Washi Tape, and five mini clothespins. I swear I have never actually purchased any mini clothespins, but over the past few years, I have acquired quite a large stash of these clothespins… obviously these mini clothespins are a popular addition to card kits and subscription boxes… Maybe I can find an interesting use for these…! If you’d like to follow along with my video, click here: https://youtu.be/-yCd6duh2FA

IMG_6211I was also completely thrilled to receive an enamel pin marking the 45th anniversary of Hero Arts! Very nice pin in black and gold. Quite a lovely surprise!

I rarely go for the extras offered in the monthly release, preferring to see if I can come up with ten cards just using the supplies in the kit – (I am on a budget!) and you know I like to try and use every stamp in our stamp sets, so I started playing with this kit by creating my own little background stamp using all the smaller stamps from this stamp set. This isn’t as all-encompassing as the Crafting Tools Bold Prints 6″ x 6″ background rubber stamp, but I think it’s a pretty good approximation! A great, large background without any repetition!


Stamped with VersaFine Onyx Black ink, this panel looks like it just needs a little bit of color to bring it to life!


For my first card, I colored that background with my Prismacolor pencils. Nothing terrifically fancy, but I did take time to get some nice shading on our tools and supplies. I considered coloring the background, but was so pleased with the straightforward simplicity of this panel, that I decided to use it as is. IMG_6197I did stamp the sentiment on a piece of our Lavender Washi Tape using StazOn Jet Black ink. It took a couple of tries, but I finally got a really nice impression on that tape. And it’s permanent! I was going to add this washi tape sentiment to the front of the card, but I couldn’t bring myself to cover up any of the images! That “Make Stuff. Be Happy.” sentiment is one of my favorites from this stamp set. I like that it encourages one to make “stuff” which could be anything at all and not necessarily something specifically “crafty”. You can make a bed, you can make dinner, you can make peace, all of which make me very happy! LOL!

IMG_6210I did decide that I would use the “Handmade with LOVE” stamp on the back of all my cards this month. I do have a personalized stamp and a CardCutups label that I use on the backs of my cards, but I figured this was a good use for this stamp this month!

I liked this background so much, I wanted to try to foil this on some black card stock.


So I embossed these stamps with clear embossing powder, added some rainbow deco foil on top, and sent that through my laminating machine… I didn’t get absolutely perfect results… but I was pleasantly surprised with the colorful shine. I wanted to try that Purple Sparkle embossing powder that came in our kit, so I die-cut a frame using two Lawn Fawn Stitched rectangle dies, covered it with VersaMark ink and embossed that purple sparkle – that worked very nicely, so lets try that embossing powder on the sentiment too! I think glitter embossing powder is sometimes tough to use on a sentiment but it works very nicely here! I cut that sentiment with a Lawn Fawn Everyday Sentiment die, used foam strips to glue the frame to the card front and added the sentiment strip across the front. I grabbed the double-heart die from the kit and die cut a bunch of hearts from some colorful mirror card stock scraps I had in my stash and filled in the background with the hearts and some assorted sequins. Just what this card needed – more sparkle and shine! Now these stamps may have been a touch too small and fine to emboss and foil, but I will experiment with this technique some more! Love that shine!

Now, one more technique with that background arrangement that I haven’t done before!


Emboss resist! I am very pleased with how this card came out! I clear embossed the stamps on a piece of pattern paper from my stash (Sizzix Geometrics Paper Pad), and went to town with my Black Soot Distress ink and my ink blender to color this whole panel black. A quick buff with a cloth to remove any ink on the embossing and VOILA! My first emboss resist card! I did the same with the sentiment, and die-cut that with another LF Everyday Sentiments die. I die-cut the card front with a LFSRD, mounted that to my card base with foam tape, and foam taped the sentiment on top. Some black sequins (and hearts) add more sparkle to the front, and I think this card is AWESOME!

It was great fun playing with a couple of new techniques, and I did stamp 4 more panels of that arrangement before I took the stamps off my MISTI, but let’s move on…!


We got that terrific fancy Heart Ball-of-Yarn die (along with knitting needles) and I couldn’t resist covering that die-cut with real yarn! (The yarn is actually from an old Paper Pumpkin Kit!) Patience and persistence paid off as I added strips of green yarn to the die cut. The last piece of yarn I added was the bottom horizontal strip that continues around the edge of the ‘ball’ and then gets “cast on” to one of the knitting needles! I die-cut the knitting needles from some satin finish silver card stock from my stash, and added a second layer of thick black card stock behind the silver for a little more rigidity.

The closest matching ink I had in my stash was a Stampin’Up Emerald Envy cube – must have been from the same kit! I used my Cheap-o Life changing Brushes to blend some ink on the top and bottom edges of my card front, and stamped the sentiment using VersaFine Onyx Black ink. The ball of yard is glued directly to the card front and the needles are attached with some strategically placed bits of foam tape. LOVE IT! So much texture and warmth from this card. That was a fun way to use this die!

I thought making little ‘projects’ would be a good way to highlight some of the stamps in this kit and create some specifically themed cards this month. There were a few “hand-written” sentiments in this stamp set, and I really liked this “You inspire me” stamp.


It made sense to me to pair that with the pen and ink stamps. I had this rose themed writing paper in my image stash, and I sized it to be 2.5″ x 3.25″ and stamped the sentiment on that with Onyx Black ink. I matted that on a thin black shimmer card stock and then on to a final white mat, and glued all directly to this kraft card base. I stamped the pen and ink bottle on Bristol smooth card stock and colored them with my Zig Real Brush markers before die-cutting them both. I needed something to anchor the pen and ink down to – they looked a little weird just floating around – so I added a 1/8″ strip of that black glimmer card stock across the bottom and mounted the pen and ink to the card with some foam tape.

The black confetti pieces I added were from the MMH February ’19 kit… but something was missing here… that little ‘spark of the unexpected’ turned out to be adding more roses to the “stationery” – breaking through the “4 straight sides” for a little bit of whimsy! Those roses are fussy cut from this same image and foam taped into a pleasant arrangement down on the corner. IMG_6202I did add what could be the beginning of a long, soul-searching missive on the inside of this card by adding the “hi there” stamp! I’ve always liked cards with “cards” or “letters” or “envelopes” on them, and I really enjoy this “stationery” card. And, if calligraphy wasn’t enough to champion, then the simple act of writing a letter (or sending a card!) certainly is! LOL!

Well, what do you know… There’s also a “card” stamp and and “envelope” stamp here!!!


Here we go with another “card on card” meta creation!! Once again, I stamped the images on Bristol smooth card stock and colored them with my Zig markers. I foam taped them to a white double-stitched oval and black mat cut from the GinaK large and small Oval dies and glued that all down to a white card base. I die cut the “O”s and “X”s from some scrap white glitter card stock I had on hand. This alpha die set is from an old Love From Lizi “Oh, Baby” card kit – all the letters are just over a half an inch tall. IMG_6204Now, all “O”s wouldn’t work because then it’s just “OOOOO!” so I thought adding a few “X”s around would make the “O = hug” idea work!! But, not one to let the kisses go unnoticed, I did add “(and kisses)” on the inside as well! This is the Black Jack font just printed on card stock and die-cut with a small LFSRD. A little bit of Hero Arts clear lacquer pen on the heart and a heart-shaped piece of glitter on the envelope, finish off our crafty greeting with a little bit of shine and dimension.

There is that large painter’s palette stamp I haven’t used yet…  Let’s paint something!


Here I am being literal again! If I am searching for a card design, sometimes I just take a sentiment and run with it! This globe is another image I had in my image stash (I love the sketchy quality) and I printed that on a piece of watercolor paper and colored it with my Zig markers. I did give it a little spritz of Sheer Shimmer Mist for a light sparkle before I fussy cut it out. I cut a piece of black card stock to 3″ x 4″ and used my White Gouache paint to spatter the stars. Again, the images are stamped on Bristol Smooth Card Stock and colored with Zig markers. The ‘brush pot’ is actually the bottom of the glue bottle stamp, masked and stamped with the rim drawn on. The heart die cut is actually covering up the word ‘glue’. The sentiment is stamped on a white card base, the black ‘canvas’ is glued to the card front, and the globe, palette and brush pot are mounted with foam tape. A little Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pen on the pallet paint colors and the heart on the pot bring everything together.  I love this card! Almost feels like a pun!

So we’ve done some knitting, calligraphy, we’ve made a card and painted a globe, let’s sew something now! I’ve done a few cards over the years with some hand stitching, but I’ve never taken a card to the sewing machine until now!


I used the sewing themed stamps to make a little vignette on Bristol smooth card stock and colored them with Zig markers, and then die-cut that piece with another LFSRD. I traced the inside of that die on a blank card front and used that line to guide the pressure foot on my sewing machine to stitch this zig-zag frame. It did take me a few tries to get this right – thicker card stock is easier to sew on than thin card stock! – but I’m totally thrilled with the result! Another LFSRD trims out the sewn panel, and then I went digging through my old pattern paper stash to find this red measuring tape from the Echo Park “I’d Rather be Crafting” paper pad (from the February 2018 Simon Says Stamp “A Colorful Crafty Life” Card Kit). I glued the ‘tapes’ around the edge of a white card base, mounted the stitched panel and the colored panel with foam tape. I used my Sakura Star Dust pen on the needle, safety pin and straight pins for a small touch of glitter, and now I can say that I have actually sewn on a card front with my sewing machine! Loving this card too!

Now, what crafty project would someone do with a bunch of mini clothespins? Hmmm…


How about a mini clock?? LOL!! I took 18 clothespins apart and colored one side of them with my Zig markers and glued them all together in this rainbow sunburst arrangement. A black and a silver circle covers the center opening, and the hands are die cut with the end of the knitting needle die. Four more silver punches mark the 12, 3, 6 and 9 locations and we have an adorable little crafty clock! I stamped the glue bottle once, and the marker stamp six times on Bristol smooth card stock, colored all with my Zig markers and fussy cut them all out. I stamped the sentiment on a white card base, added two coffee stirrers for a ‘tabletop’, and glued the bottle to the card front and mounted the markers with foam tape. the clock is attached with more foam tape and I added an unadulterated clothespin to remind us what the ‘clock’ is made from. A few of my left over die-cut mirror hearts finishes off this card with more shine, and I think this is my favorite “project” from this kit!! And I managed to use a lot my my mini clothespin stash!

I have finally worked my way through ALL of the sentiments in the stamp set. With the “Handmade with LOVE” stamp on the back of all these cards, and the “hi there” stamp on the inside of the stationery card, I have free rein with my last card. I also haven’t used the ball of yarn w/needles stamp yet, and there’s one more pun that’s begging to be used.


This pun is actually a sentiment included in the “Knitting” stamp set released as a kit extra this month. Who could resist!?? I printed this on a white card front using my Silhouette software and the Typewriter Hand font. Again I stamped the balls of yarn using VersaFine Onyx Black ink on Bristol Smooth card stock, and colored them with my Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers before die-cutting them out. I grabbed a piece of dark shimmer blue card stock from my stash (LOVE that stuff!) and embossed that with a “knitted pattern” embossing folder from the October, 2018 Love From Lizi Card Kit. I trimmed the embossed panel down to 5 and 1/8″ tall and 2″ wide for the left panel and 1/4″ wide for the right strip. I glued those pieces to the card base and added the die cuts to the front with foam tape. I cut the prongs off of 7 mini pewter brads, and glued them to the ends of the knitting needles and scattered a few on the card front. Perfect Pun!!

That’s my 10 cards from the My Monthly Hero May 2019 Kit! I managed to work my way through every stamp in this stamp set, and used a little bit of all the extras as well! This is the third “crafty” kit I have received from my kit subscriptions (in three years) and I did appreciate the large variety of stamps this month along with the the terrific fancy dies!


Thank you so very much for sharing your time with me! I appreciate each and every one of you so very much. At posting, this kit is still available from Hero Arts. If I’ve managed to inspire you a little and you’d like to join in on the fun, please use my link whenever you shop at Hero Arts: http://bit.ly/2sBmuMCHeroArts  Thank YOU!

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Unboxing! Love From Lizi | June 2019 Card Kit

Hello Folks! Scott here unboxing the new Love From Lizi June 2019 Card Kit. This kit has sold out already, but I do believe there are a few add-ons still available…! That was Fast!


This kit is kind of a tribute to teal, mint, peach and gold – everything coordinates beautifully, and all of the sentiments are very uplifting and positive and would work well for sympathy cards too. I know I am not particularly interested in making a sympathy card when I need one, so maybe it makes sense to make a few sympathy cards so I have some in my stash..!


Let’s start with our card stock. As usual, we get five sheets of 8.5″ x 11″ card stock in Teal, Ivory, White (super-smooth, copic-friendly), Black and Mint. Those are complimented with three half-sheets (8.5″ x 5.5″) of specialty card stock in White, Black and Blush pearlescent colors, and a large piece of peach tulle netting to play with as well. We have gotten tulle in our kits before and there are all sorts of ways you can use this fabric.

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We get two more 12″ x 12″ cut apart sheets this month. Both double-sided, and one featuring 2″ x 2″ blocks on one side, and the other with 3″ x 4″ panels on one side. Of course there’s lovely pattern papers on the reverse of both these sheets, and some of the cut-apart panels sport some gold foiling as well!


There is also a 12″ x 12″ sheet of nice thick card stock stickers coordinating perfectly with the colors and themes of this kit. Some large words and sentiments paired with smaller shapes and icons, and a bunch of little word and sentiment strips that come in so handy when you have just a little bit more to say!

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That brings us to our pattern papers. This month we are treated to twelve 6″ x 8″ double-sided pattern papers. These feature some really large designs perfect for scrap booking or home decor, along with lots of patterns using florals, stripes, and polka-dots. Two of the pattern papers have more 3″ x 4″ cut apart panels perfectly geared to making sympathy cards. I always appreciate the larger sized pattern papers that we get from Lizi on occasion – I never feel like I have to ration every little scrap..!


And here is our “Hello Love” stamp set for this month featuring eight loving sentiments in a variety of fonts and sizes. And our peel offs this month are totally unique! Not only are they the new SWAY peel offs in a soft peach, but each peel off is outlined in metallic gold – all three sizes! The shape of these peel offs really highlight that gold outline!


And now we get to our embellishment bag! A full-sized bottle of Nuvo Crystal Drops in Caramel Creme, five one-meter lengths of 1/8″ satin ribbons in Dark Teal, Peach, Charcoal, Navy Blue, and White. Remember, you can change the color of the white ribbon with any alcohol marker in your stash. We get five paper doilies in a nice peach color, and our sample pack of the “Hello Love” sequin mix that matches the color palette of this kit with teal, green, navy, ivory and peach sequins in a variety of sizes and styles.  We also get four wood veneer die cut wreaths in different designs – very pretty and delicate, and (here’s something truly unique) a length of gold chain! It will be very interesting trying to incorporate this chain on a card! Very compelling!

Then we get a little bag of golden embellishments that include a strip of small gold crystals, five gold bows, and ten gold glitter flowers in assorted sizes! Love those glitter flowers!

Lastly, we get eight (count ’em, 8!) dies this month! Three large Swan dies – One complete swan with a heart in the middle, a swan with the rear end adorned with flowers, and a flowery wreath with a swan head in the center. The swans are accompanied by a cattail die, a water lily die and three small flower dies of different types. Used individually, or all together, this is a great big batch of dies this month!


I did get some add on products this month as well! I got the Love From Lizi “Heaven Held” add on stamp set. This set features six sympathy sentiments – looks like I should do a batch of sympathy cards this month!  I also got the special peel off bundle add on which includes a NEW color… Lemon Glitter pin stripe! This bundle also includes the Mint Glitter pin stripe and the Gold Moondust pin stripe and a Teal mirror SWAY peel off sheet. Love that Lemon Glitter!


I also got the add-on sticker pack – eight sheets of matching stickers and a whole sheet of little sentiment strips perfect for completing most any sentiment. There are a number of sympathy sentiments in this sticker pack as well.


Finally I got the add-on ephemera pack – SO MANY pieces in this pack! Everything matches this kit, and there are more foiled accents, lots of labels and tags, hearts and stars, and a little bit of just about everything you can think of!

This kit has already sold out…! Sometimes you have to move really fast around Lizi! I know there are some add-on products still available – remember subscribers can add extras to their kit orders for no additional shipping, and, if you suffer from Card Kit Envy,  I encourage you to subscribe to the LFL Card Kits so you don’t miss any more!!

If you do go shopping at Love From Lizi, please use my link:  http://bit.ly/LFLlink 

Thank you so much for sharing your time with me today! Stay tuned for my 10 Card 1 Kit video coming asap, and, as always, Happy Crafting!



10 Cards 1 Kit | Love From Lizi May 2019 “Snap Happy” Card Kit

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Hello Folks! Scott here with my 10 Cards 1 Kit post featuring the Love From Lizi May 2019 “Snap Happy” Card Kit. Screen Shot 2019-04-22 at 7.23.42 PMThis kit is stuffed with such a huge assortment of stamps, papers, stickers, dies, ribbons, embellishments and ephemera that it kind of feels like a free-for-all! Almost any card imaginable can be assembled using the supplies in this kit! As usual, I did make my ten A2 card bases using the five sheets of colorful card stock included in this kit. Let’s play!  If you’d like to follow along with the video, please click here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cHWppFqOG3E


For some reason, I was hugely enamored with this “SERIOUSLY” kraft ephemera banner from our embellishment bag, so I decided to play with that piece on a black card base. I kept thinking of this sentiment as a question, so I turned to my Silhouette Portrait cutting machine to create this large question mark. This question mark is in the American Typewriter font, and I cut that from a piece of our pattern paper and cut a mat for that with some of my own kraft card stock. Both the question mark and the banner are mounted to the card base with foam tape and I added some of the white leafy stickers around the edges to echo the leaves on the banner. A sprinkling of the iridescent sequins from the sequin mix and I think that’s all we need! IMG_6125Naturally, I have a little more to say here and added this (kind of snarky) sentiment on the inside. I printed that using the American Typewriter and GrutchShaded fonts and cut the white card stock panel with a Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangle Die and matted that on a piece of my kraft card stock before adding to the inside of my card. I’m getting to that age were so many people make well intentioned comments like this (me being one of them!) that I though this was a very useful Birthday card to have on hand!

I really liked the kraft ephemera pieces in this kit and thought they were rather unique!


I knew that you could color on kraft with colored pencils, but I thought I would try coloring this arrangement with my Stabilo markers. They worked really very nicely! I was even able to get a little color blending on this card stock!  After coloring, I temporarily taped that piece to the grid pattern paper and cut a mask for this bouquet with a card-sized rectangular anchor on the left. Since the Kraft piece had gold foiling, I decided to add some gold stripes to the pattern paper with an extra-fine tip Metallic Gold Sharpie marker – every other line seemed sufficient, and created a bit of a plaid feel too! 

I took a white card base, placed the bouquet and mat in the proper place BEHIND the card front, and put them on my light board to show me their positions so I could blend a little halo of Lucky Clover Distress Oxide ink in the proper shape on the card front. Of course I used one of my small Life Changing Cheap-o Brushes for the blending, and I was totally thrilled with the result! I glued the pattern paper mat to the card front, added the bouquet with foam tape, and used VersaMark ink to emboss the “Hello” stamp with LFL Emerald City embossing Powder. Three gold sequins under the sentiment and a peel off strip of Clear Iridescent Mint down the left side, compliment the gold foiling. Lots of shine on this pretty rose “Hello” card!

I was looking for a die in my stash that might work with the “You make me smile” stamp, and when I discovered this speech bubble die fit perfectly, that’s what inspired this card.


This is a Darice ‘Quotes’ Word Bubble die and since it is a solid die (not open in the center) I die cut a piece of white card stock, and then stamped the sentiment on the already cut piece. That is stamped in Peacock Feathers Distress Oxide ink and embossed with Clear embossing powder. I thought that ink was a good match for this pattern paper – close to the same value, but a touch darker to pull your focus. I cut the pattern paper with a LFSRD and was looking for matching card stock to create a mat behind the sentiment, when I realized I could make a ‘negative mat’ with the Teal card base. I traced the outline of the die on the pattern paper and cut that out with my craft knife. I sponged a touch of the Peacock Feathers Distress Oxide ink around the cut edges of the pattern paper speech bubble, and glued that flat to my card base. I outlined the pattern paper with some thin Teal Mirror peel offs and added the sentiment bubble to the card front with foam tape. IMG_6129I did want to expand on this sentiment a little bit, so, on the inside writing surface (cut with a LFSRD) I added “even when I feel like crying” (Noteworthy font).  I think that makes this feel much more personal than the smile sentiment alone… after all… puppies make me smile…!!! And I really like that “negative mat” idea – it certainly guarantees that your mat is a perfect match for your card base! Clean and Simple and Touching!

I think my favorite stamp in this set is the cute instamatic camera with the long strap. You can almost picture one of those 4-way ‘flash cubes’ sitting on top of it!


I thought a trio of those cameras in secondary colors would compliment the Violet card base quite nicely! I stamped the cameras with VersaFine Onyx Black ink on Bristol smooth card stock using my MISTI to get perfect alignment and even spacing. Since my Stabilo markers were still out, I grabbed my paintbrush and an orange, violet and green marker and colored all 3 of the cameras. I used a tan marker on the straps and a touch of light blue in the viewfinder. The “Oh SNAP!” sentiment is stamped on the bottom of the die-cut card front (LFSRD) with more of the light blue marker highlighting the ‘snap’. I attached the card front to the Violet card base with foam tape, and used my Stardust Glitter gel pen on the little dots around the lenses. That made me think of some gems I had in my stash that I thought might fit these lenses, so I excavated a green and violet round gem out of my stash (really old, cheap, Oriental Trading Company gems!) but I didn’t have an orange one… No problem! I simply colored a clear gem with an orange alcohol marker – simple solution! Those gems fit the lenses almost perfectly and add a BIG touch of bling to yet another Clean and Simple card! This card has many possible uses!

Violet and yellow are complimentary colors so I wanted to use our new Sunshine Yellow Sway peel offs on the other violet card base. And I do have that new Lemon Zest Party embossing powder from Lizi… I did an experiment embossing the “Smile” stamp with that Lemon Zest on a piece of my own violet card stock and this is what became of that.


On the violet card base, I created a sunburst of the SWAY peel offs using a Gentleman Crafters oval grid with twelve sections template to get the alignment just right. I used all three widths of the peel offs and butted their flat edges together to make the ‘rays’.  I fussy cut my embossed “Smile” and added that to the center of the burst with foam tape, scattered a number of the violet sequins around and added one of the faux leather (fleather??) pom-poms beneath the sentiment. The pom-pom echoes the sunburst and, while this picture of the embossing powder is a little spotty looking, all those dots are the holographic sparkles in the powder! I got one or two too shine for you here! IMG_6133I also seemed to remember a Love From Lizi sentiment stamp that would go along with this card beautifully! The “Happiness looks gorgeous on you!” stamp is from the LFL June ’18 Makers Gonna Make stamp set. Stamped with Onyx Black ink on some yellow card stock from my stash (cut with a LFSRD) and attached to the inside completes this sentiment perfectly and reinforces the violet / yellow color theme with this card. Surprisingly, that yellow card stock is a great match for the Sunshine Yellow peel offs!

Well, that covers the four sentiments in the stamp set… Are you ready for some puns?


This pun tickles me completely! I fashioned my little ‘tabletop’ from a 1″ strip of the Satin Gold Mirror specialty card stock, and a 1/4″ strip of the striped pattern paper. At first, I just glued that strip right on top of the Sunshine Yellow card base, but soon realized that the plant stickers would have a big crease on them at the seam if the card stocks were different layers. So I cut away the yellow card front behind the strips, and ‘inlaid’ the tabletop strip between the remaining pieces of the card base. That helps make the transition for the plant stickers much smoother between the ‘tabletop’ and the card base. The sentiment is printed on the card front using the Noteworthy font, and I added some Clear Gold Mirror peel offs across the top and at the bottom of the ‘table’. IMG_6135I though this was a great idea for a Spring card, and knew I had this “Happy Spring” stamp from my days as a Paper Pumpkin subscriber – this stamp is from the April 2016 Paper Pumpkin kit. I embossed that stamp on some of my yellow card stock using the LFL Golden Crown embossing powder, die cut the stamp and a black mat with the Gina K. Stitched Oval dies and added that to the inside of the card. I think this is a terrific pun and goes so well with all of those plant stickers – which also happen to have gold foil accents! Lots of gold bling on this card!

I did a little experimenting with the “THANK YOU” die from our kit, and, because the “THANK YOU” lettering is in ‘stencil’ form, I decided that’s how I should use it!


I cut the die from our Satin Gold Mirror specialty card stock, traced the outline of the die on a piece of my black glitter card stock, cut that out, and glued the two together for the big “THANK YOU” on this Black card base. I did send some time working out this sticker IMG_6105arrangement of the gold foil flowers by using my non-stick craft mat and the die itself. I could move the stickers around and not worry that they would permanently fix themselves to the craft mat. I made a couple of slight adjustments transferring this design to my card front, but this exercise gave me a really good template to follow! I attached the die-cut to the card base with foam tape and arranged the foil stickers around it.

I was itching to use this “unforgettable” sticker and figured that it went well with a thank you card, so I attached the white sticker to more black glitter card stock from my stash, and fussy cut that out following the cut lines of the sticker. I added a  5/8″ strip of my black glitter card stock across the card front and foam taped the fussy-cut sticker on top of that strip. I HAD to complete that (lyric) sentiment so I printed the “that’s what you are” using the Courier font on some white card stock, die-cut that with my new Lawn Fawn Everyday Sentiment die, foam taped that to a 1/4″ strip of the Satin Gold specialty card stock and glued that to the card front under the “unforgettable” sticker. I needed to add a little more white to this card front to balance out the unforgettable sentiment, so I added some white leaf stickers to my floral arrangement. I added some of the Honeysuckle Jewel drops among the flowers (if you use these translucent Nuvo Drops on black, they don’t look pink at all!!) for a little more shine, and finished out this card with the faux leather (fleather?) bow in gold. It fits perfectly between those two leaf bunches! Another super shiny, sparkly card… this time in black!

When I saw the ‘calendar’ stickers in our sticker pack, I knew this card was in my future!


Another lyrical sentiment for us! I fiddled around with my Silhouette software for a while to get this sentiment sized and spaced correctly so I could print it on this round ephemera piece using the Noteworthy font again. I also printed the little “or” on some scrap white card stock and punched it out with a standard hole punch. On the Sunshine Yellow card base, I glued the printed ephemera circle to the bottom and used foam tape to attach the season stickers and the ‘or’ circle to complete this sentiment. I attached the large flower ephemera piece to the card front with foam tape and used Black Soot Distress Oxide Ink to stamp all the small foliage stamps around the edges, and the two hears in the bottom corners. IMG_6141Knowing that the Nuvo Drops in our kit don’t show their color on black, I reached for my Studio Katia Cupid’s Kiss crystals for the glittery accents on the flowers. Since the dots on the pink flower were so close, I didn’t want to risk the Nuvo drops running together, so I used the jewels on the pink flower as well. A couple of the medium peel offs down the sides of this card front and a final finishing sentiment on the inside and we have a lovely friendship card good for any season of the year!

When I saw that camera stamp with the “flash” I knew I was going to have to do another light-up interactive card this month!  Here’s all my pieces:


The top three pieces are all cut with the 5″ x 3-3/4″ Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangle die. I die cut the heart in the pattern paper using a Darice nesting hearts die. I stacked the pattern paper and the second sheet (bristol smooth card stock) on top of each other to get the placement for the camera stamp and stamped that with Onyx Black ink. I cut a tiny hole through the center of the ‘flash’, stacked the two white card pieces together, marked the hole on the third piece then die-cut a circle centered on that hole on that third piece of card stock. The black piece is cut to 5-1/4″ x 4″ (for a thin mat) and I lined up the circle die on that piece as well, and cut it out. The last piece here is the Teal card base.


Stacked together, all these pieces make up the card front. I did the circle die-cuts so any light bleed would create a halo of light around the flash. Of course the 140# Bristol smooth card stock doesn’t let much light through anyway… If I did this again, I would use a lighter-weight card stock for the camera image. Here’s a short wiring video if you are interested in seeing how I wired the Chibi light for this card:

Of course I marked the little flash hole on the card base and placed the Chibi light right on top of that spot. I determined placement for the switch by arranging the puffy hears on the front of the card knowing that I wanted to press the right heart to make the light operate. I was actually able to stamp the “press” (from the MFT Interactive labels stamp set) on the pink heart using Archival Black ink… fairly successful stamp there, but I did have to go in and re-ink that word with a fine point Sharpie!


Here’s the card all put together. I colored the camera using grey and blue-grey Spectrum Noir alcohol markers, and glued a small clear crystal from the Studio Katia mix right on the top of the hole in the middle of the flash. I did hand cut the heart frame by outlining the edge of the heart die on another die-cut piece of the black glitter card stock. I printed the sentiment (Courier font) on a scrap of white card stock and die cut it with my Lawn Fawn Everyday Sentiment die. img_6143.jpgI glued the puffy hearts in place, and used foam tape to add the sentiment banner. Naturally there is more to this sentiment continued on the inside of this card. Pretty good camera sentiment I think! Great valentine for any shutterbug or photography enthusiast! Let’s see this card in action!

I love that the puffy heart is the “switch” – I’ll probably have to keep refreshing that PUSH instruction… at least until I give this card to someone! I hope I was able to shed a little more light on how I do these interactive light-up cards!

One camera stamp to go, and I will have used every stamp in this stamp set! WOO-HOO!

A fun interactive “congrats” pop-up card! Two pieces of white card stock cut at 4-1/4″ x 7-1/2″ and both scored at 5″ and 6″ to make two z-fold pieces. IMG_6151The z-fold is on the left of the front piece and on the right of the back piece. But we won’t glue them together till the end. I stamped the “PULL HERE” with Onyx Black ink (MFT interactive labels stamps) on both sides of the front piece, and then I  covered the three panels and the sides of the two stamps with that fun black pattern paper. I stamped the camera on a piece of Bristol smooth card stock using VersaFine Onyx Black ink and embossed that with LFL Golden Crown embossing powder, IMG_6113and reached for my Stabilo markers again to color this. I added the “enjoy this moment” gold foil sticker from our kit underneath the camera, fussy cut the top edge of the camera and then cut straight down the two sides about 3″ making a large square below the camera.

The “congrats” sentiment is cut (Lawn Fawn Scripty Congrats die) from the Satin Gold specialty card stock and some black fun foam, glued together and then glued down to the card front. To assemble, you want to score the bottom right corner of the cut-out stamp at 45 degrees and fold that triangular tab forward. Then you’ll glue the back of that tab to the Z fold on the left side of the back piece. In essence, when the card is closed, the camera tab is folded (camera hidden), and when the card is open, the camera tab is flat (camera showing). It’s fairly easy to line things up so you can see the whole camera and the sentiment when they’re popped up!

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I did manage to film this card assembly, and I’m sure taking a look at my video will help explain this mechanism. It is really a very simple, yet effective pop-up technique! I think this is a terrifically fun card, and if you pop it open really fast, the camera “magically’ appears! There’s a link to my 10C1K video at the beginning and end of this post.


That’s my 10 cards using the Love From Lizi May 2019 “Snap Happy” Card Kit. As you can tell, I managed to create a wide variety of cards using this kit. From Birthday to Thank You, from Valentines to Friendship, from Hello to Congrats, this kit has so many options that you can create cards for almost ANY occasion! And as usual, I have gobs of supplies left over! I used a lot more stickers and ephemera than I thought I would, and pieces from about half of the pattern papers, and while I did manage to use all the stamps in the stamp set, I didn’t get around to using any ribbons or those four heart dies. SEE!?  Even MORE options!!  LOL!! As of posting, this kit is still available at Love From Lizi – If I’ve managed to ignite your imagination and you’d like to get in on the fun, please use my link when shopping at lovefromlizi.com: http://bit.ly/LFLlink.

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10 Cards 1 Kit | My Monthly Hero April 2019

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Hello Folks!  Scott here with my 10 cards featuring the My Monthly Hero April 2019 Kit! “La vita bella” (the beautiful life) is the theme for this kit from Hero Arts this month – featuring seven (count ’em – seven!) fancy dies. If you’d like to follow along with my 10C1K video just click here: https://youtu.be/vJsXUHaPJw0

Screen Shot 2019-04-19 at 8.38.05 PMIn addition to the fancy dies, we get a 4″ x 6″ stamp set featuring a number of Italian sentiments, some English sentiments (a few translations!) and an assortment of scene-building images – clouds, birds, a sun, some waves,  a cancelled postmark, etc. We also get a  collection of the new Hero Hues Premium Cardstock in Sand, Mustard, Pumpkin, Cherry, Plum, Adriatic, and Arctic colors – we get two 8.5″ x 5.5″ sheets of each color and two similar sheets of vellum. I’ve been itching to check out this card stock ever since Hero Arts released it, and I have to say it is extremely high quality and the colors are bright and vibrant! To round out our kit this month we get a Tombow Mono Drawing Pen in black, and two rolls of 1/2″ foam tape (2.2 yards) in two different thicknesses. Perfect additions for layering your die-cuts!

I believe this is the first MMH kit I have received that is really all about the dies and less about the stamps. No extras for me this month – As usual, I want to challenge myself to come up with 10 different cards using just the supplies included in the monthly kit – and, of course, I want to try to use ALL of the stamps in the stamp set! I did cut all the dies out of some white card stock and fiddled around with those pieces for quite a while before starting to assemble my cards. I do want to stay true to the Venetian spirit of this kit with my 10 cards, so, let’s see what I came up with!

My first thought was to try to narrow the focus down from a full card front to more of a ‘vignette’ approach – that opens up a lot of options!


Thank You cards are always useful! I die cut a 3.5″ circle of white card stock and, using my Life Changing Cheapo brushes,  ink blended some Broken China Distress Oxide ink on the bottom portion, and blended a nice sunset above that using Fossilized Amber, Spiced Marmalade, and Abandoned Coral. I cut a thin mat for the circular vignette, as well as the gondola die, and half of the background building die from black card stock, and cut the water die from dark grey card stock. I glued the water and cathedral cut-outs directly to the background and actually added a little bit of an extra building to the right side of the cathedral with the included foam tape to balance the dimension of the gondola. I stamped one of the bird groups in the sky and the sentiment with VersaFine Onyx Black ink and clear embossed the sentiment. IMG_6042

There are actually 11 sentiments in this stamp set, so I knew if wanted to do a sentiment or two of my own, I was going to have to start doubling up on some of the kit sentiments! There are a few ‘double sentiments’ in this stamp set – Italian and English versions of the same sentiment so, I figured, let’s translate!! I stamped the ‘thank you’ sentiment (Onyx Black ink) on the inside of the card (just in case the recipient doesn’t know what ‘grazie’ means) and glued the completed circle vignette directly to my white card base. I know that using these dies in a smaller format helped to free my mind and opened up some other possibilities for me!

57696359087__0B2F3ACD-F960-49D7-9D76-054178237BFFNow, I have been tempted many times, but I’ve never used the backing card images from our stamp and die set on one of my cards, but the photograph of Venice  this month was SO beautiful that I couldn’t resist! Those domes on our ‘building’ die, are modeled after the church seen in this picture – the Santa Maria della Salute Roman-Catholic church that is something of a landmark in Venice – and makes for a striking die-cut!


I grabbed one of my Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangle dies and selected a portion of this photo just to the left of the My Monthly Hero logo and die cut that away for this card front. I matted that on a thin white mat and a thin purple mat from my stash (great match!) and glued those down to another white card base. IMG_6045Since we did a translation on my first card, I figured I would continue that concept here and turned to my Silhouette Portrait to print and cut this sentiment. This is printed black on white using the Arabella font – a pretty close match to the stamp set script – and I did cut a shadow for this sentiment from that same purple card stock so everything matches very sweetly! I attached the layered sentiment to the card front with some included foam tape for a touch of dimension. “Augurandoti il meglio” is Italian for “wishing you the best” which I stamped on the inside of the card with Onyx Black ink. When I found that I had some card stock in my stash that matched the purple in this photograph SO nicely, I knew I had to bite the bullet and make this card. I don’t think I’ve seen any cards out there that feature this photograph… I just couldn’t resist!

I stopped playing around with my white die cuts long enough to color them for this card.


Everything is die cut from copic-friendly white card stock and colored with my Spectrum Noir alcohol markers. I was happy I remembered to put some flowers in the windows with irregular outlines! I backed both of the ‘houses’ with some yellow card stock from my stash and colored in the ‘brick’ cut-outs and window openings for some contrast. I also outlined the windows and doors for a suggestion of ‘trim’ using a white gel pen and a brown Pigma Micron pen. I ink blended a simple Broken China Distress Oxide background on a white card base and also blended the left half of the ‘background’ die with the same ink. I backed the distant building and the water die with black card stock (I added some Spectrum Noir Clear Sparkle Pen to the black behind the ‘water’ for a little aqueous shimmer), and glued those three pieces to the card base.

I colored the bridge and used a white gel pen to outline some stonework, and I trimmed the bottom of the bridge off to bring the railings in line with the houses. I added the bridge to the center using the thin foam tape from the kit. I trimmed the angled bottoms of the houses off to expose more of the water, and attached them to the card front with thin foam tape. That gave me room to add a couple of “pali da casadas” (poles of the family) to the left and park my gondolier-less gondola between them. Did you know there is a Venetian law decreeing all gondolas have to be black? Yup! I also colored all the laundry on the line and added detail to the gondola and laundry with a white get pen. Phew! LOL!!

Finally, I stamped a different group of birds in the top right corner using HA Soft Granite ink, stamped and embossed the sentiment on some vellum using Onyx Black ink, and die cut that into a circle and glued that to the center of the card. I think this satisfied my anal-retentive obsessive instincts all in one card! LOL! I do believe all the added details really brings these dies to life… I really wish we had detail stamps that went with the dies… then you could choose to use them or not..! Nonetheless, I did use all seven die cuts on this card, and was able to cross off a couple more stamps in the set as well!  LOL!!

Let’s get back to my original, smaller, vignette idea. I thought these dies could make a nice facsimile of a travel poster! And I’m itching to use some of the included card stock!


I die-cut the house from white card stock and taped the back of the cut-outs down to hold all the ‘stones’ in place. I removed the window cut-outs and added some yellow glassine (kite paper) over the window openings, colored the stones a dark red-brown, and then glued a matching Cherry die-cut over the top.  I cut the water, bridge and background cathedral from the Adriatic, Pumpkin and Plum card stocks. I cut the Mustard card stock with a 4′ x 2.75″ LFSRD and printed “Venezia” on the top left using the Arabella font. I arranged the die-cuts together and cut them all with the LFSRD so everything would have that nice stitched edge. I glued the 3 background pieces to the Mustard base and mounted the house with thin foam tape. I like the subtle shine that the kite paper adds to the windows, and I think this suggests a travel poster quite nicely!

I did use one of the Sand card stock sheets for my card base here – I printed “contento la pensione” on the lower right corner in the Arabella font, and stamped five of the image stamps on the card base using HA Soft Granite ink. IMG_6048I even managed to get a couple of those bow-tie pasta (farfalle) stamps on this card front as well! Yes, this printed sentiment is Italian for another one of our stamp set sentiments, so I simply stamped the ‘translation’ on the inside of the card! I think this makes a very effective retirement card – you don’t have to move to Venice for your retirement, but you can certainly travel there – or anywhere else! I really like this colorful ‘travel poster’!

Then I got the idea of trying to create some different cut-outs using these dies and some partial die-cutting techniques.


This background was inspired by the “Buon giorno” stamp which means ‘good day’ or more specifically, ‘good morning’. I cut a piece of Bristol Smooth card stock with the largest LFSRD and blended the sunrise with Wild Honey, and Broken China Oxide inks – being careful not to go completely green where they meet. I cut simple masks from the two cloud stamps, attached them to the background and then added my homemade sunburst stencil over the top. I used HA Unicorn White ink through my sunburst stencil, and that gave me the cool morning streaks of sun emanating from behind the cathedral. I removed the cloud masks and used Soft Granite ink to stamp them in their proper places. I used masks for the clouds because often, when you stamp on top of Unicorn White pigment ink, the white has a tendency to bleed through most dye inks. I got nice, solid clouds that look like they are in front of the rays. Just what I wanted!

With some careful partial-die cutting, I did manage to get the two ends of the ‘background’ die to meet up in the center for a whole different look. I die cut that from black card stock and left a couple of inches extra at the bottom. I glued the buildings flat to my card front and added some Spectrum Noir Sparkle pen to the bottom of that extra black for some glimmer in the water.

I die-cut the water die twice using the Adriatic card stock, and darkened that up a bit with some grey alcohol markers, and glued them on top of the black card stock. Again, using partial die-cutting, I was able to die-cut a double bridge from some of my plain blue card stock and did a little shading on that with grey alcohol markers. I attached the bridge to the card front with the thin foam tape and die cut the gondola from the same card stock and shaded that with grey alcohol markers before attaching that to the card front with the thick foam tape. That does a nice job of camouflaging the water seam!

I stamped the “Buon Giorno” in VersaFine Onyx Black ink and clear embossed that for some texture and shine. I also stamped the birds using HA Soft Granite ink and then took my thinnest white gel pen to add highlights to the edges of the buildings and to the bottom of the clouds and the sentiment. IMG_6051A final sprinkling of dots using my Stardust glitter pen adds some nice sparkle in the dawning light, and I did continue this sentiment on the inside of the card with the “Ti Amo” (I love you) stamp. I thought these two sentiments went well together and didn’t really need any sort of translation! I was quite pleased to find that it was fairly simple to re-jigger these two dies to give me something new and unique – I especially like that group of buildings at the center of my card front, and I just may have to try three bridges in a row which would cover end to end on a landscape orientation. YES! There ARE some options here!

I was intent on using the Happy Birthday sentiment(s) with the small wine glass stamp.


I dug around in my stamps and dies for some kind of a ‘frame’ that I could stamp this little vignette into when I realized that the Italian flag was PERFECT for this! Most flags of the world have a 2:3 ratio, so I cut each color panel at 1.25″ which then makes the proper height of our ‘flag’ to be 3.75″. That is the Cherry card stock from our kit and the white and green pieces were pulled from my stash. I taped the edges of the three panels together on the back, cut them all together to the correct height, and glued them down to a thin black mat for contrast.

I stamped the sentiment and images using Onyx Black ink (embossing the sentiment) and colored the images with my alcohol markers. I did wipe away the straight line of wine in the glass stamp and re-drew it with a Pigma micron pen so I could tip the glasses towards each other. It took a little trial and error to figure out how to double up that leaf stamp but I’m very pleased with this arrangement. IMG_6053The red wine echoes the red part of the flag,  and the green leaves echo the green! Of course, I did add the “Happy Birthday” stamp on the inside (just in case!) and here we have a Birthday card that is right on theme without having to use any dies! A perfect card for an Italian or an Italophile!

I’m slowly getting to that special age where many of my friends and colleagues are starting to retire, so I wanted to do another retirement card for my New York City peeps, and I wanted to try making a gate-fold card from these supplies…


I thought both of the ‘house’ dies in our kit could stand in for most any city, and thought they had a particular “brownstone” feeling to them as well. I die-cut the buildings on a 4.25″ x 5.5″ piece of sturdy white card stock so their straight edges were 2.125″ away from both sides (right in the middle). I did do some partial die-cutting to remove the angled bottom of both houses. That left an extra paper tab on the top and bottom of each house cut-out. I ink blended the background with Broken China Distress Oxide ink and added clouds using the Iced Spruce Oxide ink and the MFT Mini cloud edges stencil. I added the cityscape in black using my Darice Craft Die Backgrounds Cityscape die, adding window highlights with a white gel pen and glued that to my two panels. I stamped the large bird stamp in Soft Granite and filled in the ‘streets and sidewalks’ with black and grey card stock from my stash. That gave us a nice, fairly stylized, NYC card front. I think we all know that “ciao” means hello, but it also means good-by – especially when doubled-up like this “ciao, ciao” sentiment. I stamped that sentiment twice with VersaMark ink and embossed them with LFL Very Vanilla embossing powder. Finally, I glued the 4 (2 on each side) tabs to the back of a 4.25″ x 5.5″ piece of our Arctic card stock. When you open the gate-fold we get:


Transported to the canals of Venice! The inside of this card uses all seven colors of our card stocks with very few adaptations. I did ink blend Salty Ocean Distress Oxide ink on the top of the Arctic background, and glued all the die-cuts flat to the background. I did play around with the clothesline die, and trimmed the two of them into more banner shapes then laundry shapes… a little more celebratory than domestic! I stamped the sentiment using MMH Reactive Blue Water ink, and blended the same clouds from the card front on the inside of the gate-fold panels. I ultimately spent way too much time on this card, but I really like the contrast between the inside and the outside. Fussy but fun, this card sports all seven dies again – I believe I only adulterated the bridge die (trimmed it a little shorter) – and this crosses that “Ciao” sentiment stamp off my list as well!  Looks like this is one retirement you can really look forward to!

I’m getting to that point in my 10 cards where I start itching to do some puns! The vellum sheets that came in our kit inspired this silly card!


Perfect for any Star Wars fan! For those who have no idea what I am talking about, the first episode of the Star Wars saga is titled The Phantom Menace… so this is kind of a perfect pun for this kit! LOLOL! Fairly simple here… the background is actually the Altenew Galaxy Washi Tape laid on a white card base, with all of the vellum die-cuts glued to the top. I tried using some spray adhesive to attach all the die-cuts, but had a little problem getting them to adhere to the smooth surface of the tape… Next time I’ll run my vellum through my Xyron sticker maker before die-cutting – I swear that Xyron  adhesive will stick to anything!! I used a 1″ circle punch to make my crescent moon, and turned to my Silhouette Portrait to create this sentiment. I used the Death Star font for the punny title here, and gave it a little perspective with the Silhouette software. I cut a couple of sentiments, glued them together, and added them to the card front with the thin foam tape. This would be a good card for any major Star Wars fan for almost any kind of occasion. Maybe a May 4th card!!  May the Fourth be with you!

When I was fiddling around with the die cuts in the beginning, I cut three of the ‘left house’ die from some Kraft card stock of mine, and glued them all together side-by-side. They looked just like row houses, but I wasn’t quite sure what to do with them…


Back to a nice vignette again! I die cut a 3.5″ circle out of a piece of medium grey card stock from my stash cut to 4″ x 5.25″. I covered the grey die-cut circle with the Altenew Watercolor Nebula Washi Tape. (I bought both of these wide wash tapes when they first came out but haven’t had the opportunity to use them until now!) I covered the yellow window with 4 layers of yellow glassine, and covered the back of the die cuts with black card stock – making sure to cut a hole for my window! Then I glued the nebula circle to the back of that (another hole for the window) and taped the circle back into its opening in the grey card stock. I was able to die-cut a thin black frame using a couple of my circle dies, and outlined the circle vignette with that.

I used a yellow chibi light for the light source and laid out the wiring on the front of a black card base. There are gobs of Chibi how-tos on YouTube. I attached the grey card front to the black card base using one layer of the thick foam tape and one layer of the thin foam tape – that gave me just enough height to hide and activate the battery. I white embossed the “press” sentiment from the MFT Interactive labels stamp set on some black card stock and die cut that into a small circle and glued that down in the appropriate place on the card front. IMG_6058I think I am most pleased with this very simple yet surprisingly effective sentiment printed with the Arabella font on the inside of the card. I stamped the little sketched heart below my printed sentiment for a bit of a loving touch. I can think of many opportunities to use a card like this! I think this is SO SWEET!!

I had an idea for my last card that kind of hinged on my ability to bring some detail to the gondolier on the gondola die-cut. I grabbed my thinnest markers and micron pens and practiced a few times before I came up with this:

WHEEEEEEEE!  A magic slider gondola with a gondola pun! LOL!! I think that’s a fun way to wrap up our “la vita bella” kit this month! I knew I wanted my gondola to move across the center of my card so I took a card front and cut a slit right down the middle of that panel stopping a half an inch away from the sides. That water die-cut is right at 1″ tall, so I masked off an inch below my slot and ink blended Broken China Oxide ink for the background of the water and just enough of a sky to give our gondolier some color to glide past. I stamped  the sentiment below the water line using Onyx Black ink and embossed that with some clear embossing powder.

I cut the water die from the Arctic card stock twice, and glued one to the left side of the card front with the top edge right at the center slit. This die is only 4.25″ wide so I added the right edge of the second die cut to the right side of the card front and trimmed it off where it met the other water die. The big pole is hiding the seam… Sneaky!

I used the angled stripe stamp from the SSS Crafty Friends stamp set  to stamp both the big and small “pali da casadas” (poles of the family) using the MMH Red Reactive ink and outlined them in black before adding some simple toppers to both. I set them aside to work on the magic slider mechanism.

On another full size card panel. I cut my ‘trash bag conveyor channel’ from the center line to half an inch down from the center, and a half inch in from the sides. That’s a half inch square notch on the right and left sides just below the center line. I wrapped a half inch piece of plastic trash bag around that channel and used a couple of pieces of scor-tape to weld the ends together.

I always make my pull tabs from a 1″ wide piece of card stock, scored at 1/2″, folded and glued to itself for stability. I stamped some waves in Broken China Oxide on the pull tab and stamped the “pull” (MFT interactive stamp set again) on the end. I scor-taped the left end of the pull tab to the back of the trash bag conveyor belt and scor-taped a small, 3/4″ tab of acetate to the front of the conveyor on the opposite (right) side. The gondola will attach to this acetate tab. I added some thick card stock on the front of the mechanism panel, above and below the conveyor belt, to allow some room for the belt to move freely, slid the acetate sheet through the slit on the card front, and, after punching a thumb notch in both,  glued the front of the mechanism panel to the back of the card front.

I used the Arabella font and my Silhouette Software to print this sentiment on the inside of my card base. A real honest-to-goodness Italian pun! LOL! And a perfect sentiment for a card! If you want to see exactly how I print unique sentiments for my cards, I have a quick video that explains it pretty well: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V9YuZSqC9fo 

Since the pull tab moves on the back side of the card front, I added the thick foam tape to the back of the mechanism panel, leaving a channel for the pull tab. I punched more matching thumb notches through the white card base, and attached the card front to the base with the foam tape.

I did die-cut the gondola from some thick black card stock, and added some boat detail with a thin white gel pen. I cut another gondola from some white card stock and colored the gondolier and his pole before trimming them off the white gondola, and gluing him (and his pole!) on top of the black gondolier. I thought that gave us a much better looking gondola (and gondolier) than one simply colored black! Then I attached the gondola to the acetate tab using a piece of the thin foam tape. (The water die cut adds enough thickness on the card front that the foam tape is needed here)

All that’s left is adding the “pali da casadas” (poles of the family) to the card front. Of course, the big pole is hiding the seam on the water die(s), and, though I didn’t plan it this way, I thought it was kind of perfect to hide the gondolier behind the big pole! I decided how far to the left I wanted the gondola to go, and glued the smaller pole directly to the card front at that point. That pole will stop your acetate tab from moving any further to the left so be sure it’s where you want it before you glue it down! WOW! I love this card!!


That’s my 10 cards from the My Monthly Hero April 2019 Kit! I really like all of these cards  a lot, and was pleasantly surprised at the variety I was able to conjure up! I did spend an inordinate amount of time on these cards, but I am particularly thrilled that I was able to create a couple of fun interactive cards, and, hopefully, a couple of good options for using these dies and stamps! This kit is still available at Hero Arts, so, if I’ve managed to spark your interest in this unique kit please use my link when you go shopping at Hero Arts: http://bit.ly/2sBmuMCHeroArts.

Forgive my verbosity on this post… I guess I had a lot to explain with these cards!! Thank you so much for sharing your time with me – you know I appreciate it so very much! Please share this post with any and all interested parties, Like me, List me, Pin me, Post me, Share me with friends and enemies alike…! Don’t run with gondoliers… and, as always, Happy Crafting!!

Unboxing! Love From Lizi | May 2019 Card Kit

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Hello Folks! Scott here, unboxing the new Love From Lizi May 2019 Card Kit! Screen Shot 2019-04-22 at 7.23.42 PMLizi is calling this the Snap Happy Card Kit and we get bunches of cameras, and springtime related stamps, stickers, pattern papers and some unique embellishments!


For our card stock this month, we get 5 sheets of 8.5″ x 11″ card stock in (from right to left) Violet, Aqua Blue, super smooth alcohol-marker-friendly White, Black, and Sunshine Yellow. We also get two full-size (8.5″ x 11″) sheets of Specialty Card Stock in a pearlescent Rose and Satin Gold Mirror. I love getting BIG sheets of specialty card stock!!


Here’s something old AND new!! Our peel off sheet this month is a new peel off design! Lizi is calling this design SWAY peel offs and they are flat on one side with a wavy edge on the other! I’ve always loved Lizi’s pin-stripe peel offs and now she has given us a completely new design to play with! I can’t wait to start using these!!


We get 12 sheets of 6″ x 6″ double-sided pattern papers this month. Lots of vivid patterns with a good amount of black and dark backgrounds (yes, plenty of PINK too..!!!) One side seems to feature rather bold patterns and colors…


while the reverse sides emphasize a softer palette, and smaller, all-over patterns. Plenty of options with these designs, and I always love pattern papers with black backgrounds!

This month we are treated to a generous batch of unique stickers!


Six sheets of stickers printed on thin acetate – so, NO white borders around our stickers in this kit! VERY cool!! These stickers include colorful images and sentiments, black images and sentiments, gold-foil images and sentiments, and WHITE images and sentiments – all the black sentiments on the bottom left sheet are repeated in white on the sheet behind! Very interesting!!! We also get two sheets of normal paper stickers – one with an assortment of heart shapes in gold foil, assorted colors, white, black and a subtle wood-grain, and a sheet of calendar / seasonal stickers perfect for planners or scrapbooks or any card referring to an actual day or date! SO MANY OPTIONS HERE!


That brings us to the Snap Happy Stamp Set that features 3 different cameras (love the one with the flash – can you say Instamatic? LOL!), 4 different sentiments, some small botanical stamps and a perfect little heart. You’ll notice more cameras on one of the pattern papers and a couple of the sticker sheets! I hope no one is camera-shy!!

That brings me to the always-surprising, stuffed-to-the-brim Embellishment Bag!


We start out with five meter-length 1/8″ satin ribbons in Peach, soft Lilac, Black, soft Yellow, and White. These thin ribbons make tying a bow so easy!! Then, (from left to right) we get six faux-leather flowers (or pom-poms if you like!) in six different colors with sticky foam dots on the back – very unique! Our usual full-size bottle of Nuvo Jewel (translucent) Drops in Honeysuckle, twelve puffy hearts that are completely reversible – the same colors and designs on the front and the back! We get five dies this month with a lovely THANK YOU label die and four assorted heart dies (love that tiny heart!!) Of course we get our sample pack of the Snap Happy sequin mix with gold and black and teal and violet sequins in a variety of sizes, and six faux-leather bows in silver, white, brown, black, tan, and gold – these have sticky foam backs as well. I’ve never seen anything like these before!! SO CUTE!


As if that weren’t enough, we get a bag filled with ephemera!! LOTS of die-cut images, sentiments, banners and journal cards with touches of gold foil – there’s another camera here too! And even more to come…


Included in our ephemera bag are these Kraft die-cuts with more gold foil highlights and some interesting stencil-like die-cuts as well. That’s about 35 different pieces in our ephemera bag alone!

There are also a lot of Add-ons for this kit this month! I did get thisIMG_6081 great set of painted binder clips with shaped handles. I don’t know if I’ll ever use them on a card but I can’t wait to use them at work!! As binder clips!! LOL!!   Other add-ons include a second set of the 6″ x 6″ pattern papers included in the kit, a Washi Tape collection, A full bag of the Snap Happy sequin mix, Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pens in Onyx Black, Sterling Silver, and Spun Gold. The add-on Snap Happy peel off bundle has two SWAY sheets in Gold Mirror and White (remember you can color Lizi’s white peel offs with any alcohol marker!) and two pin-stripe peel offs in Black glitter and Soft Peach. Unfortunately, the peel off bundle has already sold out

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And there are extra add-on stickers! A 12″ x 12″ sheet of Kraft stickers with touches of gold foil AND alphabet stickers, and a 12″ x 12″ Chipboard stickers sheet all in black white and gold with lots of sentiments. The card stock bundles assembled to compliment this kit include the Pearlescent Bundle in Rose, Black, White, Mint, Peach, and Violet; the A4 Specialty Bundle with holographic Silver glitter, Ivory embossed, Copper, Blue, and Gold textured card stocks and a white on white gloss pattern. There’s also the Glitter Bundle with Black, Rose, White, Violet, Gold and Rose Gold card stocks.

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As is always the case, this month’s Love From Lizi Card Kit is chock full of goodies, and the Snap Happy theme can encompass a wide range of cards and layouts! I think there’s a little something for everyone with this kit! As of posting, this kit and most of the add-ons are still available at Lizi’s online store. And remember! Subscribers can add anything in the shop to their card kit orders without extra shipping charges through 7pm EST on April 25th.

If you do go shopping with Lizi, or want to become a subscriber, please use my link: http://bit.ly/LFLlink. It is always appreciated!

Thank you so much for joining me today, please Like me, List me, Pin me, Post me, Share me with all your friends – don’t run with scissors – and by all means… Happy Crafting!!!

10 Cards 1 Kit | Love From Lizi April 2019 “Bon Voyage” Card Kit

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Hello Folks! Scott here with my 10 cards from the Love From Lizi April 2019 Card Kit. This is Lizi’s “Bon Voyage” Card Kit, and it is stuffed with bunches of pattern papers, embellishments, cut apart sheets, stickers and a great collection of large detailed dies! This kit features a pretty masculine color palette, with all sorts of retro travel images and sentiments that seem to beg for some good old-fashioned collage type cards! If you would like to follow along with the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0zMeOv7bn5g

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As always, I did make A2 card bases from the fives sheets of card stock in our kit (substituting my own plain white card stock for the LFL super smooth white card stock). I took that collage theme to heart for my first card this month beginning with the ‘half of a large globe’ pattern paper – the one that says “there’s no time to be bored…”.


I fussy cut the globe and “layered” strips from the pattern paper, did a little distress inking (Vintage Photo Distress Oxide ink) on the edges, added some brown and white twine and fussy cut the bottom edges of the banners. I covered the wood-veneer geotag with our Bottle Green Nuvo Drops, and glued that over the printed geotag on the globe, and added a light blue brad to the middle of the curly bracket strip. I trimmed away a single London Bus ticket from another sheet of pattern paper and three small tickets from the colorful ticket pattern paper, and glued those just off-center on the Peach card base, and edged the sides of that with medium thick peel offs from our kit. I did round the right corners of the card base with my corner chompers and used some Vintage Photo Distress Oxide ink to distress the edges.

I stamped the sentiment in the lower right corner of the card base with Distress Oxide Faded Jeans ink, and embossed that with some clear embossing powder. I mounted the globe piece to the left edge with foam tape (being sure to add an extra little foam square behind each banner). I trimmed an EMBRACE THE DETOURS strip from another pattern paper and mounted that across the front of the card with foam strips. I discovered that the cancelled stamp images on the stamp pattern paper actually fit our wood veneer stamp frame, so I ‘white-washed’ the wood stamp frame with a Picket Fence Distress crayon and glued a stamp image to the back of the frame before adding that to my collage with a foam square.

WOW! This card includes pieces from FIVE different pattern papers, two wood-veneer pieces, some twine, a brad, Nuvo Drops, and one of our stamps… now that’s a textbook definition of a collage!! LOL!

This brings me to my one question about this kit. It seems to me that you don’t img_5994.jpggenerally give someone a card when they are going traveling – that’s something they are supposed to send to YOU while they are traveling. SO I did make an effort to “find a use” for my 10 cards this month. This card is completed with a “happy retirement” sentiment on the inside printed in the Sign Painter font. That gives this card a definite purpose! Very masculine and multi-layered!

My attention was easily drawn to the dies this month – especially since we are treated to 5 different dies and they are pretty large compared to our standard kit dies.


I thought the scooter die was especially fun and quite unique, and I love this great pun of a sentiment! I cut that die from a piece of our Silver Mirror specialty card stock, glued that to a plain blue card stock from my stash and trimmed the blue paper to match the outline of the die (I did add a touch of grey alcohol marker to the tires and running board). I trimmed a piece of the map pattern paper to 2″ x 5.5″ (there’s more of that collage layering on the left) and glued that to the Soft Grey card base and lined the top and bottom with the “ADVENTURE” stamp in Hero Arts Reactive Blue ink.

I turned to my Silhouette Portrait to print and cut this sentiment using the Sign PainterIMG_5996 and Ariel fonts, and cut four shadow pieces and glued them all together for a thick chunky sentiment. I mounted the scooter and the sentiment to the card front with foam squares and, true to form, added another bit of a pun on the inside, turning this card into a simple, straight-forward invitation – I think “let’s scoot” is pretty self-explanatory! LOL!!

Let’s talk stickers! As is often the case, when we get 12″ x 12″ cut apart sheets in our LFL kits we frequently get a big sheet of stickers too! Some terrific stickers in this kit!


I couldn’t resist the hot air balloon stickers – all three of them! On an Aqua card base, I stenciled some light clouds on the right half of the card using a MFT mini Cloud Edges Stencil, some Hero Arts Reactive Sea Salt ink, and my life-changing cheapo brushes. Just a hint of clouds in the sky here. I glued down a 2.125″ x 5.5″ strip of our hot air balloon pattern paper  to the card base, and added a couple of strips of the blue-green polka dot pattern paper to the two sides. I trimmed out the “The World is Yours” sentiment strip and added that across the bottom of the card front and outlined that with peel offs.

The sentiment is from an old Stampin’ Up stamp set in my stash, stamped in HA Blue Reactive ink on a scrap of aqua card stock from my stash, (really close match!) and loosely fussy cut out. IMG_5999I attached the balloons and the sentiment to the card front with foam squares, making sure the two left balloons went over the edges, trimmed their excesses away and added some sequins for a final touch of sparkle. There was also another sticker that went with this card perfectly, so I added that to the inside of the card. “GO FAR” is a great compliment here, making this a perfect graduation or encouragement card!

And now I can turn my attention to the very unique stamp set featured this month!


I could no more resist turning this stamp into a treasure map than I could deny my own name! LOL!! I stamped this using Archival Acorn ink on a piece of ‘parchment’ stationery, and added all the little ‘landmark’ stamps on the islands. The ‘parchment’ gave me a little beige color to start with, and I sponged on more Distress Oxide inks in Frayed Burlap, Vintage Photo and Walnut Stain. Then I would wad the paper up and roll it around, open it up and flatten it down, add more inks and wad it up again. I tore the edges, added more inks and wadded it up again, this time I added a tiny spritz of water and rolled the wad between my palms quite a bit. That gave me the distressing I was looking for!

In fact, I distressed this so much, when I went to mark the treasure trail, my markers started bleeding… I finally took a red pen to the path and added a couple of thin strips of red paper for the “X”. I cut a piece of the tan stripe pattern paper to 2″ x 5.25″ and glued that to an Ivory card base. I stamped the compass rose with VersaMark ink and embossed it with the new LFL Copper embossing powder, stamped the sentiment with Walnut Stain ink and embossed that with some clear embossing powder. I added a brown peel off to the right edge of the pattern paper, and mounted the map to the card front with a solid layer of fun foam.img_6002.jpg I thought the “bon voyage” stamp would work well with this card so I stamped and embossed it on the inside to match the sentiment on the front. This would be a good card to give to someone who is moving (over land or overseas..!) or maybe close friends about to take their first cruise… definitely some possibilities here! At first I thought I would be doing a lot of coloring on this map stamp, but after creating this treasure map, I can’t really imagine this stamp any other way! BONUS: A Very Masculine Card!

Let’s play with some more of those groovy dies. I had an idea for a sailboat sentiment…


On one of the white tags from the kit, I ink blended this sky using the MFT Cloud edges stencil, Broken China, Salty Ocean and Cracked Pistachio Distress Oxide inks with my ‘life-saving’ cheapo brushes. I cut a couple pieces of the blue-grey striped pattern paper (using the cloud stencil as a template) for the waves – making sure the stripes went in different directions – and sponged their edges with the Cracked Pistachio ink. I die cut the sailboat from the gold mirror specialty card stock, covered the back of the sail with a piece of vellum, and the back of the ‘portholes’ with a scrap of glitter red card stock. The waves and the boat are attached to the tag with foam squares, and now I need a cloud…!

I embossed a scrap of card stock with the new LFL Oh, Holla graphic embossing powder, and die cut the cloud from that – it catches the light brilliantly! (pun intended LOL!) and I glued it directly to the tag. I took the other white tag and covered it with the ‘London Bus ticket’ pattern paper and distressed the edges of that with some Vintage Photo Distress Oxide ink, and tied that together with the first tag. I added 2.25″ strips of the same striped pattern paper to the center of the Soft Grey card base, outlined them with peel offs, and glued the back tag right down to the card front. Then I attached the front tag using foam tape and turned to the sentiment.

I fashioned this sentiment to echo the pattern paper that’s all repeating sentiment strips. Since this was the main sentiment, I made it a little bit larger than the ones on the pattern paper. I printed this in the Arial font (again) and simply cut the whole strip to go across the whole card. IMG_6004Of course you have to open the card to get the whole sentiment -“You can’t control the wind • but you can trim the sail.” A perfect sentiment for a variety of occasions! I did glue the knot of the twine down to the card front, and added a few Nuvo drops for a little bit of shine. I have to admit, I really like that sailboat die!

I was intrigued by that car die, but I thought I might try dry embossing it instead of actually die-cutting the whole thing. I figured it should be easy to trim out the shape!


I like that a lot! This sentiment is Rick Steves’ slogan “Keep on Travelin’.” Rick Steves is the travel writer and PBS host, and I love the fact that he believes international travel makes Americans more progressive, peaceful and kind. So very important these days! I printed that sentiment using my Silhouette Software on the right side of an Ivory card base. My favorite cut apart of all our sheets was this 3″ x 4″ plane/city/harbor image. I cut that out and matted that to a thin brown mat, tucked another strip of the “embrace the detours” strip behind that, added a strip of the tan striped pattern paper to the right side of the card front, and glued the cut apart assembly to the left. I’m still trying to keep the collage theme going here!

I mounted the car with foam squares, added the wood veneer compass to the top left corner and added three little copper gems (from the LFL March ’18 Card Kit) under the sentiment for a little bit of sparkle. I did add the “not all who wander are lost” sentiment strip matted on the polka dot pattern paper to the bottom of the inside of the card. I thought it a perfect compliment to the sentiment on front! I love that embossed car!IMG_6007I can see using this card for retired friends who spend 6 months of every year cruising around in their RV, or any truly devoted traveler!

Every time I looked at the 2″ x 2″ cut apart sheet, pieces of a story started forming in my mind… You know I love it when my cards “tell a story” and I thought there was an interesting story to tell using those cut apart pieces. But how to tell that story…?


Yes! This is a ‘waterfall card’! I’ve never made one before, but there are a bazillion how-to videos on YouTube, so I did a little studying and, being my normal, overachieving self, made this six-layer waterfall card. These are really pretty simple interactive cards. The cut apart pieces are 2″ square, I cut 2.25″ mats for each layer from the stamps pattern paper, and the mechanism is cut from 100# brown card stock to 1.75″ x 8.25″ and I scored that at 2.25″, 2.5″, 2.75″, 3″, 3.25″, 3.5″ and 3.75″. I also cut a band of the compass pattern paper at 2.25″ x 8″ to use as the waterfall anchor. For my background, I cut a piece of the plane pattern paper at 4″ x 5.25″ Lets take a look at how this card operates:


LOL! I adore this little “travelogue”! I matched each sentiment square with appropriate travel images tracing our “trip” from inception to return! To assemble the waterfall, you simply glue the center of the compass band to the 2.25″ end of the mechanism (scored) piece. Then I added one of the mats on top of that, and the rest of the mats just below the other score lines. That gives us seven mats. You simply fold the end of the mechanism piece back under the waterfall pieces, wrap the ‘band’ around the background piece and glue it in place. You really only need to glue the band on the back – but I got a little anal, and glued the ‘band’ to the front as well… that (and the thickness of six layers) makes the last flip a little tight. Lastly, I added all the sentiment squares and pictures on top of the mats. I trimmed another piece of the compass pattern paper (1+5/8″ x 4.5″) to mat on top of the pull tab, printed my bonus sentiment “We Missed You!” on that mat, rounded the corners on the brown card stock and the mat, glued them together and added a brad with a piece of twine to the end. Once everything was assembled, I glued the whole piece on a white card base. I am thrilled with my very first waterfall card and I think those 2″ cut apart pieces worked perfectly to tell a little story! Nothing on the inside of this card, just lots of room to tell your friends how much you missed them!

It seems that when I hit card seven or so in a 10C1K post, I tend to start getting a little silly… I’ve used all the sentiments from the stamp set by now, so I’m left on my own!


I could not resist using one of the embellishment keys from our kit with this terrific pun! Using my Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangle dies, I die cut the large frame from the blue-grey polka dot pattern paper. I used two of my SSS Frames dies to cut the thin silver frame, the scalloped oval frame, and the dark blue-grey background. IMG_6020I used my Silhouette Software to figure out where to print this pun-y sentiment – that is truly one of my favorite things about using that (free) software – you can lay out your whole card and figure out exactly where your sentiment can get printed on your card front! This sentiment is printed on the Aqua card base using the Typewriter hand font. IMG_6012I glued the square frames directly to the card front, mounted the oval frame and background to the card front with some fun foam, and glued the key to the middle of the oval with my Multi Medium Matte glue. (nice and STRONG) This card makes me laugh so hard… especially when you open it and see that there’s more! A terrific friendship card for all the pun-appreciative friends on your list!

On our sticker sheet there were some large letter stickers – “HERE” and “VIEW”. I fiddled around with those letters for a little while and came up with this amazingly fun card.


Yes, life is INDEED a grand adventure!!  LOL!! This makes me giggle so much! This is my sticker extravaganza card! On the last Peach card base, I glued two strips of the “explore and discover” sentiment stripes to the top and bottom, added a strip of my own striped washi tape under the fake washi tape sticker with the adventure sentiment. I fussy cut the compass away from the long sticker banner and added that to the card front (along with two of the sticker arrows) with some foam tape.

Turns out “VIEW” is about 1/16″ taller than the “HERE” so I evened the letters up by trimming off the bottom of the W and slicing the E between the top and middle legs. That made all the letters the same height, and I took the “I” from “VIEW” and punched out a small circle and cut the remaining letter into an exclamation mark! Just perfect! I think the punctuation actually makes this sentiment work! I mounted all the letters with foam strips and I am a little overjoyed at coming up with a “WHEEE!” card! LOL!!! This is one of my favorite exclamations (especially in texts and on-line) and this card would work for many occasions! From birthdays to graduations and most any type of celebration! WHEEEEEEEEEE!!  LOL!!

There were a couple of things in this kit that I haven’t used yet, and that colorful globe from the sticker sheet was calling my name… and I haven’t used the airplane die yet… and I couldn’t help thinking about the original classic Universal Pictures movie logo that had an airplane circling the globe…


For our last card this month, we have a simple interactive pull-tab card!! I cut that globe sticker in half right along the equator, and attached the southern hemisphere to the center of a piece of white card stock cut to 2.125″ x 5.5″. The northern hemisphere is attached directly to the center of the card base. I stamped the small compass rose all around the globe with Hero Arts Soft Sky ink – that’s the last stamp from the stamp set I had left to use! I dry embossed the airplane die in the Silver Mirror card stock, and fussy cut the shape. I made the pull-tab from a 1″ piece of white card stock folded in half lengthwise and glued together, and I stamped the arrow on the end using my MFT Interactive labels stamp set and Hero Arts Summer Sky ink. I added foam tape to the back of the bottom piece to make a channel for the pull-tab and attached the airplane to the pull-tab with a piece of acetate just behind the wings.


I laid the airplane on top of the card front, the pull-tab behind, and attached the bottom half to the card front. (Just remember not to glue the top of the pull-tab channel to the card base – it needs to be free for the acetate to move!)  I added two more of our sentiment strips “We are Adventures” and “Wander More” to the top and bottom of the card front and trimmed them with the LFL Clear Silver Mirror peel offs. For a finishing touch and a little surprise, I added the “great adventure” sticker on top of our pull-tab. Very simple but pretty effective – I almost used the airplane sticker here, but thought the airplane die gave us a little bit more bang for the buck!  “Let’s Travel the World Together” is a terrific valentine or best friend card. I love that globe sticker!


That’s my 10 cards from the Love From Lizi April 2019 “Bon Voyage” Card Kit! A wide assortment of mostly masculine cards flavored with a vintage collage esthetic! And hardly any pink! LOL! Naturally, I have gobs of supplies still left over… I did manage to use a little bit of most everything… It seems I really liked the pattern papers in this kit… I used 9 different pattern papers so I only have three uncut sheets left… I pretty much decimated the 2×2 cut apart sheet but only used 1 image from the other two… I used a good amount of the stickers but there are bunches still left. I did manage to use a little of most everything in the embellishments bag including all five dies, but I didn’t seem find a use for the clothespins… and I did get to use every stamp in our stamp set!  WHEEEEEEEE!!!  LOL!!  LOL!!

Once again, Lizi has given us a kit loaded with so many interesting and unique products that you can let your imagination take flight (pun intended) and create whatever sets your heart on fire! I enjoyed this kit quite a lot and am particularly fond of all these cards… I did end up with a couple of ‘travel’ cards, but we also have a number of encouragement and congratulations cards, some friendship cards and even a couple of funny puns! A good variety by all counts!!

As of posting, Lizi still has a very few of these kits still available! If you go shopping at lovefromlizi.com please use my link: http://bit.ly/LFLlink

Let me know if you have any questions or comments, and which card(s) float your boat (pun intended!). LOL!!  Remember to Like me, List me, Pin me, Post me, Share me with all of your friends, DON’T travel with scissors, and, as always, HAPPY CRAFTING!

10 Card 1 Kit | My Monthly Hero March 2019 Kit

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Hello Folks!  Scott here with my 10 cards featuring the My Monthly Hero March 2019 Kit! “Aquarium Dreams” is the theme coming at us from Hero Arts this month – featuring a full A2 card-sized aquarium die. If you’d like to follow along with my video click here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mGjverNsymQ

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This month our 6″ x 8″ stamp set is full of all sorts of fish, plants and aquatic silhouette stamps – we even get some bubbles and a scuba diver as well as six sentiments..! A few puns there too!! 27 frame cuts are included to cut out most all of the stamped images, and 2 fancy dies! An A2 card-sized frame and inner aquarium stamp. Very intricate! Once again, we get some stamp cubes this month – all water reactive ink pads in Sea Salt, Blue Water and Sea Glass. Last but not least, we get a package of blue and green droplet embellishments in assorted sizes. I think these are my first ‘droplet’ embellishments to grace my stash… I really like them! Let’s go swimming!

I had a little free time the weekend before I received my kit, so I thought I would work on some watery backgrounds for my ‘aquarium’ cards. I can always use some practice working with my alcohol inks, so I grabbed some Yupo paper and a felt applicator and started playing around. I admit to having a hard time just letting go and allowing the inks do ‘do their own thing’, but I’m pretty pleased with the backgrounds I achieved!

In my efforts to add some niceIMG_5938 watery effects, I thought a stencil would help, so I turned to my Silhouette Portrait and created this water ripple design which I then cut from some Silhouette Stencil material. I really like this stencil material because it has a nice light adhesive on the back which makes stenciling almost foolproof!

Here are a few examples of my background experiments – these two  are both alcoholIMG_5936 inks (Stonewashed, Sailboat Blue, Stream) blended on yupo paper, and the bottom one is topped off with HA Unicorn White ink brushed through my stencil – it worked very well on the alcohol ink background.


This background is all Distress Oxide inks – Broken China, Cracked Pistachio and Faded Jeans. I used my life-changing cheapo brushes to blend the background and then added the stencil and more color on the top. Of course I am much too anal-retentive to simply sprinkle water on top and blot it away for some “bubble” texture so I reached for my falling snow stencil to create the bubbles – I just wiped away the ink through the stencil with a baby wipe. That completed satisfied all my control issues while giving us some great bubbles!


 I did channel my inner Sandy Alnock and used my Spectrum Noir alcohol markers to create the top background here – very happy with that one! Of course you simply use a colorless blender to make the little bubble texture with alcohol markers.  The last background here is simply Unicorn White ink through the stencil on a piece of light teal card stock – no additional inks or colors – just the card stock and the stencil – almost looks like it could be an iced-over stream or a pond once the ice starts breaking up..! I am very pleased with that stencil, and will definitely keep it on hand for the next batch of cards calling for a watery background!

You know I always try to use all the stamps in a stamp set, so I figured I would start this kit with cards featuring each of the sentiments. And, naturally, I want to play with the fancy aquarium die for my first card!


I first cut the aquarium die from some black card stock but I didn’t care for the solid silhouettes of the plants, so I reached for some of my green glassine paper. I tried to die-cut a single sheet of that, but the paper was much too flimsy to hold up, so, using my Xyron Sticker Maker, I stuck two sheets of green glassine (aka kite paper) together and then die-cut that combination. That worked! I trimmed the black botanicals away from the aquarium outline and glued the green die-cut behind the black card stock frame.

The green kite paper matched my alcohol marker background very nicely, and the translucent quality of the plants lets my background images read quite well even along the edges. I stamped the school of fish stamp twice with VersaMark ink and embossed the fish with silver embossing powder – reminds me of the moon fish in Finding Nemo! I stamped a few more fish in the background using Hero Arts Soft Granite ink and I white embossed the sentiment under the arc of the moon fish school. IMG_5952I added thin strips of foam tape behind the aquarium frame before mounting to the card front – that dimension adds a lot to the overall effect!! A few blue and green droplets complete the scene and I couldn’t resist adding to this sentiment with a nice “tank you!” on the inside of the card. I printed that on the writing surface using the Raustila font. Seems perfectly appropriate to me!! In fact, I kind of wondered why this sentiment wasn’t included in this stamp set. At least Tank You is a good pun and is perfect for ‘Aquarium Dreams’!

I spent way too much time fiddling with that fancy die on my first card, so I wanted to try a different idea with the “I would swim the seven seas…” sentiment.


Seven circles to represent the seven seas…!! I die-cut and punched my plain stenciled background into seven different sized circles, stamped the 7 images with VersaFine Onyx Black ink and clear embossed them all. (That tiny fish is cut away from the fish school stamp!)  I added thin, dark blue mats around each of our ‘bubbles’ and arranged them on a matching light teal card base. The sentiment is identically embossed on the card front, and the ‘bubble’ images are glued directly to the card or mounted with foam squares. I did round the corners of this card with my corner-chompers and IMG_5955I added more of the droplets for a little accent of color and shine. Once again, I wasn’t satisfied with this sentiment all on it’s own, so I added “if there weren’t sharks!” on the inside of the card and highlighted that sentiment with an embossed shark stamp! LOL!  I think that’s funny! The block letters are the Arial font and the Rustila font is used to replicate the handwriting font in the Stamp set. I like this idea a great deal even if nobody ever notices that there are seven ‘bubbles’… LOL!!

Let’s get back to our fancy aquarium dies…! This time I cut the die from some super smooth alcohol marker friendly white card stock – let’s try coloring all those plants!


I used my alcohol markers to color all the plants (and coral) on the white die cut and then added another black card stock aquarium frame on the top – though it is a bit fiddly, I like trimming away the plants from a black die-cut and gluing the black ‘frame’ on top of the plants – In fact, I would have rather had an aquarium frame die (without plants) than the simple 4.25″ x 5.5″ open frame die included with the kit. That would have given us LOTS of options! I do think this is a terrific die and probably the most intricate die I have yet received from MMH!

I took my Distress Oxide background and stamped some of the plants and bubbles around the edges with the HA Soft Granite ink, and attached the aquarium die-cut with thin strips of foam tape. That adds a surprising amount of depth to our aquarium! I stamped the two angel fish using watercolor markers on a scrap of white card stock. This is my first attempt at adding some extra color and detail to these silhouette stamps. That worked very nicely! I die cut the fish and white embossed the sentiment to match the white borders of the fish die-cuts. There’s a bona-fide pun there! A few more of the green and blue droplets adds a nice touch of shine, and here we have a lovely friendship card!

Three sentiments down…  Good thing I can always use more birthday cards!


I do tend to take things literally, so I figured why not try a birthday cake decorated with fish! Okay, so the conch shell is actually a mollusk but I think you get what I mean! LOL!! IMG_5986I did create a little cake template to assist with my stamping, and used Distress Oxide inks to stamp all the fishes. I used Walnut Stain, Spiced Marmalade, Salty Ocean, Candied Apple, Wild Honey, Abandoned Coral, Peacock Feathers and a Wild Honey castle on top. I taped my template to the front of a plain white card base and stamped rows through the template. Once the stamping was done I realized things were a little stark so I took the negative part of my template and attached that to the cake and used my life changing cheapo brushes to add a nice halo of the Wild Honey around the ‘cake’. Then the cake looked too white, so I replaced the cake template and did a light blend of Peacock Feathers on the cake itself. That adds a bit of dimension and shading to the otherwise flat cake, but I thought I still needed some extra definition so I outlined the cake with a blue Pigma Micron pen. There we go! No mistaking this for anything but a cake!

I stamped the sentiment with the Blue Water ink from the kit and clear embossed that as well. I was looking for a little more sparkle on the cake so I used some translucent Candy Floss Glitter peel-offs on the base of each layer – a nice subtle touch of sparkle! A bunch of ‘confetti’ droplets completes the party theme, and we have a unique birthday card for any fish lover..!  I really like the castle ‘candles’ as the cake topper, and this is basically a One Layer Wonder card – Lots of Fun!

I think my favorite stamp from this set is the ‘school of fish’ stamp and I played around with that stamp a lot to see what kind of patterns could be achieved with those fishes!


Since I had already snipped the last fish away from the ‘school of fish’ stamp, I went ahead and  snipped the second trailing fish away from the pack as well. Without those pesky stragglers, I was able to get this great pattern! Almost a double helix or a rough take on the infinity symbol. LOL! I LOVE IT!

I did blend this background using the Sea Glass and Blue Water inks from the kit, and used my stencil with the Sea Salt ink for the ripples. The fish are stamped with the Blue Water ink, and I added touches of the bubbles stamp on the edges with Soft Granite. I did add little highlights to the bubbles with a white gel pen, trimmed the panel down to 2.25″ and glued it down to a dark blue card base.

I embossed the sentiment in white and added more droplets for some shine. I really like how they read on this dark card stock! I edged the water panel with a couple of Love From Lizi White Peel Offs, and rounded the right corners with my chomper. I think this groovy pattern of fish and this terrific sentiment work really well together!

I shared this pic with my Instagram followers showing my attempt to add some detail to our stamps. I stamped all of these multiple times in a combo of Sea Salt and Unicorn White on black card stock. I let that dry thoroughly and it’s a perfect foundation to color!


Colored pencils worked great on top of the ink and I am totally thrilled with the results! I did use an 02 Micron pen for the black details, and I think the lionfish is kind of amazing! So I die-cut that lionfish for my next card using the last sentiment from the stamp set.


I die-cut one of my alcohol ink backgrounds with a Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangle Die (I know… I know..!) and stamped the plants and all the silhouettes looking towards the center with StazOn Jet Black ink. I did find it difficult to get a smooth stamp on the alcohol ink even using StazOn, but I figured that was fine since they’re only silhouettes and we are underwater! I embossed the sentiment in white and added my colored, die-cut lionfish above the sentiment with some foam squares. A little sparkle pen on the lionfish and more droplets add the finishing touches – to the outside! IMG_5960Of course I have more to say here too!!!  LOL! A GREAT pun is all set to be had – I couldn’t stop myself! “you’re a reel catch!” seems almost too perfect! LOL! I love the fact that I’ve got one of the ugliest fish imaginable as the ‘chosen one’… LOL!! Makes me giggle!

That covers all six sentiments from the stamp set. I was pleased to be able to add some fun puns and other commentary to some these stamps! These last four are all mine! LOL!


I happened to stumble across some “silver carp” while doing some research for this kit and knew this card was a necessity! LOL! On a plain blue card base, I lightly stenciled some Sea Salt ink for a touch of texture and silver embossed the ‘school of fish’ stamp four times. I did use my homemade Wreath Builder Template to help position the carp in exactly the right place. I printed and cut four copies of the “Carp Diem” sentiment with my Silhouette Portrait, glued all four layers together and then down to the card base. The teal ribbon from this kit wouldn’t cut it, but the Blue Ribbon from the MMH July 2018 IMG_5962 kit matches perfectly. Of course I can’t stop myself, and have more for the inside of this card! “Seas the Day!” really drives it home, huh?  LOLOL! I don’t know… maybe I have some kind of a pun disease… do I need a punectomy?? I think this card is terrific fun! Fairly simple, yet highly effective!

When I colored all the fish silhouette stamps I did have plans for the two turtles…


I trimmed my stenciled alcohol ink background to a 2″ X 4.25″ strip for this card. I turned to my Silhouette Software to create and print this pun-y sentiment on a plain white card base. I was die-cutting some thin scallop strips from black card stock with my SSS Frames die to line the water panel, when I realized that the negative of  that scallop would work much better! I glued the background and ‘negative’ scallop trim to the card front, added the die-cut turtles with some foam squares, and a few more droplets for the finishing touch. If your say “you’re turtle-y awesome” in a heavy valley girl accent it’s way funny! Maybe there IS something wrong with me!  LOL!!!

Beyond the school of fishes stamp, I think I am in major love with that jellyfish stamp!


This is an alcohol ink background where I set my control issues aside, threw caution to the wind and just played… adding more and more layers of ink till I was happy – I do think this is one of my favorite alcohol ink backgrounds I have ever done. I LOVE IT! I trimmed the background to size with a LFSRD, added a spritz of my Sheer Shimmer Mist for a little sparkle, and glued it to a black card base.

I embossed the jellyfish stamp with some Pastel Purple Party and Powder Pink Party embossing powder on some black card stock and used the included die to cut it out, and some thin foam tape to attach it to the card base. Love that glitter in those embossing powders – perfect for a jellyfish! LOVE this jellyfish stamp!

I printed and cut this sentiment using my Silhouette Portrait, cut four copies and glued them all together for a nice chunky chipboard-like sentiment, and glued that to the card IMG_5966front. The ellipsis indicates more to come, and of course I have to finish this off with “I would totally pee on you!” on the inside. That’s a totally unique friendship / love card if I do say so myself!! LOL! I MUST HAVE A PROBLEM! LOLOLOL!! Oh, my goodness!

I must note a big DISCLAIMER here to stem the tide of folks telling me that this is wrong. Despite what Monica and Joey did in that infamous FRIENDS episode, you ARE NOT supposed to pee on a jellyfish sting. Although urine contains urea which DOES neutralize the sting, it is in such low concentration that it really doesn’t help. BUT, I still think this card is pretty hilarious, and I hope it makes you giggle too!

Now you may be asking yourself, “What happened to the rest of the colored fish stamps that Scott showed us in the middle of this post? He’s only used the lionfish and turtles!” That brings us to my last card with this kit.


On a black card base, I brushed across the front with some Salty Ocean and Unicorn White inks for some watery texture and stamped a bunch of the fish and coral using ‘second generation’ Salty Ocean ink. That is, I stamped off once before taking the stamp to the card base. I wanted the crowded feel in the background, but didn’t want competition with the colored fish. I actually stamped the rock formation stamp in the bottom right corner but it got overrun with the anemones!

I stamped the anemone stamp 9 times with Distress Oxide inks (Abandoned Coral, Candied Apple, Spiced Marmalade and Wild Honey) on black card stock, die cut them all and bundled them together in the bottom right corner. Some are glued directly to the card front and others are attached with foam tape. I trimmed their edges back to card size and added the rest of the colored fish with more foam squares. The angelfish, sting ray and crab all went beyond the edges of the card so they got trimmed down as well.

I did stamp, color and die-cut two more clownfish. Those are so easy to color – stamp the stamp in white, color the orange stripes and outline them with black – Nemo! – I attached them in a little group to the card front with small foam squares. I printed this sentiment using my Silhouette software and mounted it to the card front with more foam tape. “keep your friends close” And the final pièce de résistance comes at you on theIMG_5969 inside of the card: “anemones closer!” OH BABY! Now THAT makes me laugh out loud! Now the three clownfish looking at all the rest of the fish makes perfect sense! I think this is a terrific pun, and so very appropriate! Another unique friendship card! I think I may have broken the all-time pun record with these cards! I guess I do need some professional help! LOL!

I had so much fun coming up with all these aquatic cards this month! I won’t ever let silhouette stamps intimidate me again! I hope I was able to share some unique approaches to this kit with you and illustrated that you needn’t feel boxed in to your aquarium die (pun!) when playing with this kit!


So, we have a lot of friendship / love cards, a birthday card, a thank you card, some encouragement cards… a really nice variety of useful and fun cards with this kit. I grew to really like this stamp set – love that jellyfish – and the aquarium die is so intricate and unique. Heck, I even love those blue and green droplets! I got in some great practice with my alcohol inks and markers with this kit, and we ended up with a very handsome set of cards! Anyone know of a Marine Biologist who’s birthday is coming up! LOL!

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Thank you so much for joining me here and sharing your time with me! I hope I was able to provide some inspiration for you as well as some grins and giggles! Please let me know if you have any questions, which card(s) you like best, and remember to Like Me, List Me, Pin, Me Post Me, Share me with all of your friends, (I promise I’ll seek professional help) and, as always, Happy Crafting!!