10 Cards 1 Kit / Love From Lizi April 2018 Card Kit

Hello Folks! Scott here with my 10 Cards from the Love From Lizi  April 2018 Card Kit. This kit is full of colorful card stocks, pattern papers, ephemera, embellishments and an exclusive sentiment builder stamp set. There’s always a plethora of supplies in Lizi’s kits!LFL4.18CardKitAs usual, I did take the 5 sheets of colored card stock and made 10 card bases to begin. I do have a bit of an obsession with trying to use all the stamps in a stamp set for my 10 Card videos, and, sentiments or not, this kit was no exception, so I started experimenting with all the stamps and came upon this interesting ‘word cloud’ concept for my first card.IMG_4705I managed to get 18 stamps on this one card! LOL!  I stamped the ‘You are’ in the center with Simon Says Stamp Intense Black Ink, and used my Stampin’ Up Early Espresso ink to stamp all the adjectives in a big ‘cloud’ around the center subject. I did use a scrap of my go-to Staples Ivory card stock to stamp on, and I trimmed that down to leave a little bit of the Rose Pink card base showing on the edges. I cut a couple strips of the small flower pattern paper to extend the top and bottom of my ‘word cloud’ and used a combination of Lizi’s Chocolate Brown peel-offs (from the August 2017 Kit) and the Clear Glitter peel-offs from this kit. I highlighted the edges of the pattern paper and the sides of the card base, and used three strips of the glitter peel-offs on either side of the ‘You are’ to help draw your eye to the subject matter. I did add little drops of this month’s Nuvo Jewel Drops to the centers of all the flowers for a little extra touch of shine. If you know somebody who embodies all of these descriptive terms, or just can’t decide between them, then go ahead and use all of them!! LOL!! I like this card a lot, and felt like this was a nice way of easing into a sentiment heavy kit like this.IMG_4706There were three large wood veneer die-cut sentiments included with this kit, and I couldn’t resist pairing up the ‘Smile’ sentiment with some of the camera images. I colored the sentiment with Broken China Distress Oxide ink, and covered that with the Sea Breeze Nuvo Jewel Drops from the kit, and was thrilled with the intense color and shine that gave me! On the Sky Blue card base, I cut a mat from the Black Pearl specialty card stock and cut out the camera pattern paper with a Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangle die and attached those both directly to the card base. I took the camera from the sticker sheet, and fussy cut the white border away and removed the sticky on the back with my EK Success Powder Tool – the glue on these stickers is extremely sticky, and took a lot of powder to neutralize! I cut a strip of the flower pattern paper that matched the pattern on the camera and covered one row of the cameras with that strip, and trimmed those edges with the glitter peel-offs. I glued the ‘Smile’ directly to the card base and mounted the camera up with two layers of foam tape. Since the camera sticker was a little larger than the pattern paper cameras, the extra height helps justify the size increase. I did cover the lens of the camera with Glossy Accents for some matching shine. I love the color that the ink and jewel drops gave to the wood-veneer piece – it feels very ’50’s retro.IMG_4707I was drawn to the cut-apart sheet that had the 3″ x 4″ images and wanted to pair this yellow cake cut apart with the ‘We are’ from the stamp set to make this lovely Anniversary card. On the Sunshine Yellow card base, I cut a mat from the Oyster White Pearl specialty card stock and die cut that beautiful flower pattern paper on the dark background with the same LFL Stitched Rectangle die, and glued those both directly to the card base. I stamped the ‘We are’ from the stamp set (SSS Intense Black ink) on either side of the cake stand to add to the printed sentiment, attached that cut-apart to a white mat cut from my stash, and foam taped that up on the card base.IMG_4708 I covered the bottom black stripe on the cake with some of the black satin ribbon from the kit and added a small bow to the left side. The added dimension of that bow, made me want to add more dimension to the top of the cake, but none of the stickers or ephemera flowers matched the size of the flowers that were printed on the cake. I ultimately fussy cut the flowers from the middle of the notebook paper sticker (now that’s some REAL fussy cutting!) and foam taped those over the flowers on the top of the cake. That sticker piece is not the exact same flower grouping that was printed on the cut apart piece, but was close enough in size to work perfectly here. Any flowers poking out around it just add another layer to the bouquet! I did use my Spectrum Noir Sparkle Brush Pen to add some glitter to the flowers and the two other black layers of the cake, and finished out this card with ‘happy anniversary’ (Shoreline Script Bold font) printed on the writing surface inside. I liked being able to pair up some of the stamps in this kit with an already printed sentiment!

I am NOT a big fan of butterflies  – I think they are hugely overused on handmade cards – but we did have a lot of very nice butterfly images in this kit – pattern paper butterflies, sticker butterflies, cut-apart butterflies and ephemera butterflies. One of the 4″ x 6″ cut apart images featured 3 butterflies in a line and that prompted me to make this fun card.

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Jennifer McGuire inspired me as well with her ‘Fun Fold Card Design’ video featuring butterflies from the last Monday in March. She shows just how to make this Fun Fold Card Design (hint: it takes two card bases!). SO… using the black card bases, I made the double gate fold base, and attached two strips of that small flower pattern paper – the scallop edge is cut with my American Crafts Knock Outs Border Punch – on the sides of the front flaps. I used three of the ephemera butterflies on the front and foam taped opposite halves of them to the fold on the front. I did add a tiny magnet to the left wing of the center butterfly (and it’s mate attached behind the left side of the black card stock) to help hold this card closed. I realized that once you opened this card there were big black empty spaces on either side so I grabbed three of the butterflies from the sticker sheet and added them to the inner panels – three butterflies become six – and, in keeping with the stamped sentiment (SSS Intense Black ink) on the writing surface, all the butterflies are unique! I really like this card (especially the panorama of the unfolded card!) and thought it was an excellent use of all the butterfly images that came in the kit!IMG_4712Suddenly, I realized that some of the sentiment stamps in the kit could be reversed – effectively ignoring the ‘are’ and the ‘am’ stamps for a short declarative sentiment – this would work with many of the adjective stamps in this set. This yellow piece with the oval and flowers was another of the 3″ x 4″ cut apart images. I used my craft knife to cut the left side of the oval and threaded a piece of the black organza ribbon behind the oval and around the side of the cut apart. I stamped the sentiment in the oval with my Stampin’ Up Mint Macaron ink pad (discontinued) and then stamped the sentiment in VersaMark ink and used some Ranger clear embossing powder to shine it up a bit.  On the Apple Green card base, I added a mat of that cool watercolor pattern paper (cut out with my LF Stitched Rectangle die) making sure that some of the green watercolor was visible. I added a length of the burlap ribbon from the kit to the left side of the pattern paper and dug out some green Glitter Silk card stock from my stash to add some sparkle (and a little more green!) to this card – I glued the yellow cut apart to the glitter mat and foam taped them both to my card front. For a little more dimension, I foam taped two of the ephemera flower pieces along the oval and glittered all the flowers with my Spectrum Noir Sparkle Brush Pen. The ‘one-in-a-million’ piece came from the sticker sheet and went perfectly on this card. I think this demonstrates that there are more sentiments I can build from this stamp set than I originally thought. I do like this sentiment!IMG_4713Once again, there was plenty of pink in this card kit, so I throw caution to the wind and had to go all out with the pink for this card! On the Rose Pink card base, I paired up the flower pattern paper with the pink candy stripe pattern paper (on an angle), cut them both with my stitched rectangle die, and glued them directly to the card base. I did take the thin white organza ribbon from the kit and highlighted the off-white stripes on the ‘road’ – that gave us some nice sparkle and a little texture! The bicycle and sentiment are ephemera pieces foam taped up on the card front. I did add a frame of the glitter peel-offs around the card base and added a touch of Spectrum Noir sparkle to the flowers. I thought the ‘on the right path’ sentiment was complete and didn’t need any modifiers! Considering the fact that this is VERY pink, I do like it quite a bit! Simple and sweet!

I had a hard time finding any real worthy puns or humor in this card kit… it is SO heavily oriented towards ‘personal affirmation’ (how many times does “I AM” appear??) that I was especially pleased when I came up with this next card featuring a tiny bit of a pun…IMG_4714This is the large typewriter from one of the pattern papers – I fussy cut that out and glued it to a  black fussy cut mat from my stash. On the Apple Green card base, I added a strip of the pink ledger pattern paper and added thin strips of the Dusty Rose Pearl specialty paper to the top and bottom. I added the glitter peel offs to the edges of the ledger paper and also used them to highlight the typewriter keys and space bar!IMG_4717 This is the first time I’ve actually used one of the edges of the peel off sheet but it fit perfectly on the space bar! I mounted the typewriter to the card front with foam tape, and I added Glossy Accents to the heart on the typing paper. That’s all the shine we need! I printed this sentiment in the Typewriter Hand font on the writing surface, and yes, there are no words..!! Okay, this is a slight pun at best,  but I do think it is a great lead-in to an assortment of card occasions… be it sympathetic, encouraging, loving, congratulatory, or what have you! I do like that retro typewriter!IMG_4715Though I am always jazzed to get new and useful products in my kits, this sparrow embossing folder and die didn’t really seem to go with anything else in this kit, so I decided to pair them up for a simple monochromatic card. On a black card base from my stash (I used both of the black card bases from the kit on the butterfly card) I added a white mat from my stash and embossed the Gunmetal Grey Pearl specialty paper with the embossing folder, and die-cut six sparrows from some scrap white card stock and one from the Oyster White Pearl specialty paper. I glued the embossed paper directly to the mat and glued all the sparrow die cuts together before adding them to the card front as well. The ‘dreaming big’ sticker from the sticker sheet went well with this simple design and I used some foam tape to attach it to the card front. I did use my Spectrum Noir Sparkle pen to add a bit of glitter on the card base around the bird. This card makes me think of Richard Bach’s Johnathon Livingston Seagull! Yes, I know, this isn’t a seagull, but it still evokes the spirit of that story! Am I dating myself here?? LOL!IMG_4718As I kept perusing all the images in this kit, I began to notice that there were a large number of hearts in assorted sizes on both the sticker sheet and with the ephemera. We also have those cute mini-envelopes in the kit, and there’s a smaller typewriter on one of the 3″ x 4″ cut apart images as well. Here’s the result! On the Sky Blue card base, I took some Broken China Distress Oxide ink and used my Ink Duster Blending Brush to add a bit of an ombre to the card base… darker at the bottom and lighter at the top – that seems to mitigate having to use any pattern paper! I fussy cut the typewriter out and used my craft knife to open a slit in front of the rollers so I could insert my own paper and message. I printed ‘sending you lots of LOVE’ (Typewriter Hand font again) on plain typing paper and slipped that into the typewriter carriage with a spot of foam tape to add some dimension. I trimmed the bottom bit of notebook paper from the sticker I had cut the flowers out of, and tucked that into the mini-envelope with a spot of foam tape  inside to keep the envelope ‘open’. I glued the envelope to the card front and foam taped the typewriter on top of that. All that was left was attaching the hearts with foam tape in a pleasing swoop (the heart on the notebook paper has no foam tape)IMG_4724 (also, the smaller flower pattern heart was fussy cut from the paper in the typewriter image – I knew I was going to cover that up anyway!). I actually used all of the hearts on this card except for the largest ephemera heart! Some dots of the Sea Breeze Jewel Drops adds some beautiful shine, and for the final finishing touch, I added the smallest typewriter (from the sticker sheet) to the writing surface inside the card. I thought the typewriter and envelope were a natural match, and I LOVE this card!

When I was playing with using all the stamps on my first card, I came up with an idea that offered a little bit more of a refined solution to try using multiple stamps on one card. I like this idea a lot and thought it was a unique way to get more from these stamps.

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Yes! We have a little spinning wheel behind the card front that offers up six different adjectives for a special someone! We are on to the last Sunshine Yellow card base now, and I chose the yellow and white pattern paper for my card front. I cut a 1.5″ x 5/8″ opening in the right side of the card front, and, with much trimming and layering, I was able to frame the opening with 2 of the frame die-cuts from the kit. Somehow I was lucky enough that piecing this frame together gave me three dots on the top and bottom of the frame, and you can hardly tell that it has been pieced together! I had created the rotating wheel for my “GROOVY” Birthday Card back in May of 2017, so I was able to re-size it for this card. I discovered that the Staples 9″ x 12″ clasp envelopes (they say they are ‘sturdy brown kraft’) matched this pattern paper perfectly, so I laminated a piece of that envelope to some scrap card stock and cut the wheel with my Silhouette Portrait. Then it was simply a matter of rotating the wheel and marking where the stamps should go. In addition to ‘amazing’, ‘loved’ and ‘beautiful’, you can also dial up ‘fearless’, ‘kind’ and ‘brave’. Much more elegant (and FUN!) than my first ‘word cloud’ card! I added a strip of the Graphite Black specialty paper punched with my American Crafts border punch to the left side of the pattern paper (with a strip of the glitter peel offs of course) and stamped and embossed all of the sentiments for some classy shine. I also added the banner sticker from the sticker sheet which, if you notice, had some tassels hanging from it. I trimmed the paper tassels away and added some real tassels from the trim (matching the colors of the printed tassels) to the banner sticker and foam taped the whole banner to the card front. Of course the extra sticker sentiment ‘the possibilities are endless’ is perfect for a card like this, so I foam taped that to the bottom part of the card front. I ADORE this interactive card, and I think this is about as encouraging as any card can get!IMG_4727That’s my 10 Cards from the Love From Lizi April 2018 card kit. This kit did sell out rather quickly, so if you want to become a subscriber and join in with the fun, please use my link to shop at lovefromlizi.com. Of course, I have tons of supplies left over – I didn’t get to the canvas tags and burlap flowers, and I didn’t use any sequins either – I think the glitter peel offs and the Nuvo Drops satisfied all my sparkle desires! I didn’t use any of the 1/8″ white and pale blue satin ribbon, nor any of the images from the 12″ x 12″ cut apart page that had the 4″ x 6″ images, but it felt like I used a little bit of everything! Though there were tons of supplies and terrific images in this kit, I did find it a little bit of a challenge to come up with a variety of cards that didn’t all feel the same. This is certainly a colorful batch of cards and a couple of unique mechanical surprises that I hope you like. Thank you so much for sharing your time with me here – your support and encouragement mean the world to me! Please share this post with anyone who might enjoy it, Spread the Cheer, don’t run with scissors, and HAPPY CRAFTING!

 

10 Cards 1 Kit | Love From Lizi Special Edition Oh Baby Kit

Hello folks! Scott here with my 10 cards from the Love from Lizi Special Edition Oh Baby Kit. This kit features a huge amount of card stock, and eight decoupage pages.SpecialEdOhBabyCKThe British version of decoupage is more about layering and less about gluing, and I was interested in seeing what these decoupage kits are all about and if I would enjoy them!Screen Shot 2018-03-27 at 6.31.26 PMThe kit came with 5 sheets of A4 (European) card stock in a Silver Mirror, Silver Pearl, White Pearl, Soft Pink Pearl, and Mint Pearl and two half sheets of A4 card stock in Soft Orange and Magnolia (a very soft mellow yellow).Screen Shot 2018-03-27 at 6.34.22 PMWe get 32 sheets of pattern paper card stock in this kit! 8 single sided papers in 8″ x 8″ AND 6′ x 6″ (some sheets have spot gloss and some have glitter!), and 8 double sided papers in the same two sizes. A ton of pattern papers included in this kit and not all of them are strictly “baby” oriented. screen-shot-2018-03-27-at-6-47-37-pm.pngThere is also a set of stickers in this kit – four pages of glitter stickers (one a full page of alphabet sticker ‘blocks’) that perfectly match all of the images and sentiments in the kit.

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Then we get these 8 terrific decoupage sheets. These are all die-cut and sport tons of glitter! The layers are numbered so you start with #1 and use foam tape to add layer #2 to #1 and then add layer #3 to layer #2 and so on. These are really cute and I can’t wait to try my hand at them. There’s eight cards right there! Lastly, we get a great set of dies in this kit. Screen Shot 2018-03-27 at 7.22.36 PMA complete alphabet with ampersand and a scallop triangle banner! This is a great die set – the alphas are just 1/2″ tall and they are ‘stencil’ die cuts – meaning the inside cut-away parts of the A, B, D, O, P, etc. stay with the cut-outs! Terrific dies. And, of course, the alphas fit inside the little banner die too! I really like all of the colors in this kit and am thrilled that it’s not all “pink and blue”. The purples, yellows, oranges and greens are all a welcome addition and are nicely bright without being garish! Looks like there should be some options for us to make some cards that are not necessarily about babies..! I did go ahead and make card bases from all the colored card stock (the pearl card too) included in this kit.    I did use EK Tools 3D-Dots for all my foam tape in layering up these cards. These are very thin foam dots – only 1/16″ thick – and they come in two sizes with some extra thin strips around the edges. Very handy for putting these layered cards together!IMG_4670For my first card I dove into the rocking horse decoupage card. This is SO CUTE! You can see all the dimension on the frame and on the rocking horse itself! The decoupage aspect is very straight forward, and with such thin foam dots, it was easy to line up the layers. I used some of the rocking horse pattern paper (perfect match!) on one of the Mint Pearl card bases, and I added a thin black mat behind the decoupage piece to make it really pop. I always keep some really inexpensive black card stock on hand for mats – I figure there’s no need in spending a lot of money for fancy black card stock if you’re just using it for a mat!IMG_4671 That added a nice touch of contrast to these great colors. I used the BABY banner sticker from the sticker sheets on the outside of the card (mounted up with foam dots!) and then I used the sentiment banner from the decoupage sheet on the inside writing surface.  This is just an adorable card, and I think it would look terrific framed in a nursery!IMG_4672I liked the stacked elephant decoupage sheet and paired that up with one of the Soft Pink Pearl card bases. I did have to trim the sides of the decoupage base sheet down to fit on the card base, but I used the trimmed polka-dot pieces to line the writing surface on the inside. The ‘sentiments’ on this decoupage sheet were “to: from:” labels, so I went to the alphabet block stickers and stacked up this nice ‘Happy Birthday’ sentiment. I did mat the blocks with a thin black mat (look at that sentiment pop!) and I love the dimension that the decoupage layers give to the stacked elephants… and that little floating heart! SWEET!IMG_4675The hot air balloon caught my eye next – there’s more of those floating hearts! I paired up the decoupage base with the hot air balloon pattern paper, and mounted those directly to the Soft Orange card base. IMG_4676Once again, I created a thin black mat behind the 2nd decoupage layer to help highlight the focal image. All the rest of the decoupage is completed normally and I even used the sentiment included as it was intended! On the inside writing surface, I added a ‘Congratulations’ sticker (matches that card base perfectly) and one of the ‘Bundle of Joy’ tags from the bunch of balloons decoupage sheet highlighted with a colorful brad from my stash. I am really getting a kick out of these terrific dimensional decoupage cards!IMG_4678I’m feeling a little more comfortable with these decoupage sheets now, so I throw caution to the wind and cut the “BABY” decoupage base into its individual blocks. I line the letters up in a row, and (yet again) put small black mats behind all the blocks. I think I did this radical rearrangement because I wanted to use the matching pattern paper on this card!IMG_4679 Here I’m using the White Pearl card base with the pull-toy pattern paper and a couple of the LFL pink peel offs (from the LFL July 2017 Card Kit) along the edges for the background. There were not a lot of layers to this decoupage sheet, so I did mount the matted blocks up on some foam dots as well. I chose the “Hello Little One” sentiment from the sheet for the inside of the card and mounted that with some foam dots as well. Get a load of all that glitter on those decoupage layers. Certainly don’t need any sequins or other sparkly embellishments! I love this card so much – I think the matching pattern paper is perfect!IMG_4681With the flower decoupage sheet I wanted to make another ‘non-baby’ card, so I trimmed the flower base down quite a bit to fit sideways on the Mint Pearl card base and grabbed the alpha dies and the Silver Mirror card stock.IMG_4683 After die cutting the “Thank You” I cut  a couple of 1/8″ strips of the mirror card to add to the sides of the decoupage flower base. I did use my Ranger Multi Medium Matte to glue the letters and strips to the card base. These flowers have so many layers! They almost pop right off the page! That orange butterfly on the bottom right is four layers all stacked up together! I added some of the glitter stickers in the matching flowers and butterfly to the writing surface inside the card, and here we have sweet Thank You card that has nothing to do with babies. I think this is very sharp!IMG_4686Obviously I think the bunch of balloons decoupage sheet would make a perfect Birthday card, so, on the Magnolia card base, I attached the first decoupage layer (no trimming IMG_4687needed) and layered up those terrific glittery balloons. I grabbed my Lawn Fawn Happy Birthday Border die and cut that out of the purple dotted pattern paper. I trimmed off the ‘to you’ part of the die and added some of my Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pen to give the sentiment a little matching sparkle. The dimension on those balloons is particularly stunning! The closest thing I’ve ever seen to an actual 3-D card! Five layers on this decoupage card! I added glittery balloon stickers (and a heart) to finish out the inside of the card. No writing surface needed since the Magnolia card base was fairly pale, and did not have any shimmer or pearlescent to hinder a pen. I think anyone, no matter what age, would love this Birthday Card!IMG_4688This teddy bear decoupage sheet had SIX layers, so I decided to split them up into two IMG_4690cards! On this Soft Pink Pearl card base, I used some of the orange text pattern paper for the background, and used only the decoupage layers 1, 3, and 5 for the teddy bear. Still, plenty of dimension to make that teddy bear stand out! I did use the sentiment included with this decoupage sheet on the front of this card and mounted that with some foam dots as well. Inside, I added two stickers – the “Hello Little One” sticker at the top and a matching teddy bear sticker to the bottom right corner. There were so many options with icons and sentiments and stickers that I ultimately added a little decoration on the inside of all 10 of my cards from this kit.IMG_4692Here is the second teddy bear card on the Silver Pearl card base that uses the decoupageIMG_4693  layers 2, 4, and 6. Again, plenty of dimension on the teddy bear. I did help the depth perception on both of these cards by using foam dots to mount the bottom decoupage layers to the card bases – here on to that terrific glitter heart pattern paper. I grabbed the second ‘Bundle of Joy’ tag  from the bunch of balloons decoupage sheet for the sentiment on the front of this card (with another colorful mini brad from my stash for more shine!) and added the balloons and ‘Hey Baby’ sentiment from the sticker sheet on the inside of the card. That’s two cards from one decoupage sheet. Thinking back, you could split the rocking horse, the hot air balloon, the flowers, and the bunch of balloons into two cards easily! That would give you 13 cards just using the decoupage sheets! I think there would still be plenty of dimension to these divided cards and only you and I would know your secret! IMG_4695For the last decoupage sheet, I decided to echo the star shape with a star shaped card! I did cut another thin black mat to back layer 1 of the star decoupage, and cut the card IMG_4698base from the banner pattern paper and some white card stock from my stash. The pattern paper, black mat, and first layer of the star decoupage are all glued together to make a nice sturdy card front, and I completed the decoupage layers as indicated on the sheet. This is some very intricate layering going on here, and I love the final result. On the inside, I used the ‘Congratulations’ sentiment from the flower decoupage sheet and added the large banner from the sticker sheet. Of course, this card does stand up on its own, and I truly adore this uniquely shaped card. “Hey Baby!”IMG_4700I’m all out of the decoupage sheets now, so, for my tenth card with this kit, I decided to play with the scallop banner die and the alpha dies. On the last Silver Pearl card base, I used the footprint pattern paper (spot gloss!) for the background, and mounted that to the card base with some foam tape (I’m addicted to dimension now!). I cut the banner die  seven times out of the glittery polka-dot pattern paper, and I used some more of my colorful mini brads to connect the banners together. Four of those banners stretch across the whole card, but I did add some purple and white bakers twine on the top three banners to ‘tie’ them off to the sides of the card. That Silver Mirror card stock from the kit die-cuts beautifully and those alpha dies fit perfectly within those banners! I love that purple pattern paper and with the addition of the glitter banners and mirror letters and those metallic brads, there is a ton of sparkle on this ‘New Baby’ card. True to character, I decided I couldn’t finish up this kit without a pun – I don’t want to disappoint anyone! So, on the writing surface on the inside of this card we get one of my favorite puns so far..IMG_4701‘Spit Happens’!! I LOVE that pun! It can be taken in SO MANY ways!! LOL!! This is, of course, printed on the writing surface with my favorite Brady Bunch Remastered font and the addition of a little purple glitter heart sticker adds a touch of sparkle inside.  Screenshot (1)There’s my 10 cards from the Love From Lizi Special Edition Oh Baby Kit released in March of 2018. We have 7 Baby Cards, two Birthday Cards, and a Thank You Card! I think this is a very colorful, fun set of attractive dimensional cards! I think the most amazing thing about these decoupage kits is the simple fact that you can make wonderful cards using only some scissors (maybe a paper trimmer), some glue and foam dots. No stamps or ink pads or markers or pencils needed! I had so much fun playing with this kit and I think anyone can make stunning cards using this method. This kit is still available at lovefromlizi.com – if you go shopping with Lizi, please use the links on this page! Thank you SO MUCH for spending your time with me here… Please pass this post along to anyone who you think might enjoy, and HAPPY CRAFTING!

UNBOXING! Love From Lizi April 2018 Card Kit

Hello Folks! Scott here with my UnBoxing of the Love From Lizi April 2018 Card Kit. At posting, there are still a few kits available, so if you want to get one for yourself, please use my link: lovefromlizi.com.LFL4.18CardKitThis card kit is jam packed with Spring-y colors and images and a few surprises as well!IMG_4636As usual, we get five sheets of standard American/Canadian card stock at 8.5″ x 11″ in Black, Apple Green, Sky Blue, Rose Pink, and Sunshine Yellow – Great Colors! I don’t even mind that pink..!!!  (shocking!!)  LOL!IMG_4640We are treated this month to 12 double sided pattern papers that are larger than normal at  6″ x 8″! I love these larger pattern papers – there’s always a little extra left over! The front side of these pattern papers features large images, icons and sentiments.IMG_4641The back side features smaller, all-over patterns – LOVE that flower and leaf pattern on the black background (second from left on the bottom row) and LOVE the size of these!IMG_4649We do get two 12″ x 12″ cut apart sheets with the kit this month – the first one features 12 panels – 3″ x 4″ – with some rose gold foil embossed highlights and lots of images and sentiments. You could make 12 cards with these panels alone! IMG_4648The cut apart pages are double sided and this is the back of our first sheet with pale pink polka dots on a dusty teal background – a little bit larger than the same pattern on the back of one of the pattern papers.IMG_4645Our second sheet of 12′ x 12″ cut-aparts has 4″ x 6″ panels with larger images and sentiments but no foil embossing.IMG_4650The back features the lovely red, pink, blue and yellow flowers on a black (or at least VERY dark brown) background. Again, just slightly larger than the same pattern on the back of the pattern papers. We also get one more 12″ x 12″ piece in this kit…!IMG_4651A sticker sheet! I always like the stickers Lizi (usually) includes in her kits, and this sheet is terrific!  Tons of stickers from sentiments to icons to banners and borders and trinkets and tabs. A little bit of everything in perfectly matching colors!IMG_4657Of course we do get some specialty papers with this kit – four 8.5″ x 5.5″ shimmer card stocks in Gunmetal Gray, Dusty Rose, Oyster White and Graphite Black. You can cut these in half to make card fronts or fold them in half to make card bases. The pin stripe peel off stickers this month are SO COOL! You can’t really tell in this picture, but they are actually clear glitter peel offs. No color to them just glitter! Should be very interesting to see how these look on our projects! And here’s the first big surprise this month – an Embossing Folder – a LARGE (6″ x 8″) embossing folder covered with birds… they appear to be swallows (the split tail?) in assorted flying poses. This is a great addition for those of you into scrap-booking or Art Journals as well as for adding great texture to cards!IMG_4661The Exclusive Love From Lizi stamp set this month is a sentiment builder set, with ‘You’, ‘We’, ‘are’, and ‘I am’ in block letters ready to pair up with all these phrases and adjectives. A good sentiment builder stamp set is always nice to have in your stash, and this set has a couple of very unique sentiments like ‘slaying it’ and ‘making it happen!’.IMG_4634Which brings us to the embellishment bag – WOO-HOO!! From bottom to top, left to right, we get six (1 meter) ribbons this month – a 1″ burlap ribbon (with sewn edges so no fraying!) a 3/4″ black organza ribbon, a 1/8″ white organza ribbon, and three 1/8″ satin ribbons in black, white, and pale blue. That’s more than 19.5 feet of ribbon!! There are two sizes of canvas tags with grommets, and five burlap flowers (three white and two natural) with a little bit of dimension on the petals and little wooden seed beads in their centers. Another surprise this month is this bit of tassel trim – about 10″ of this ADORABLE tassel trim that matches the colors of the kit perfectly! Can’t wait to figure out how to use this on a card! Of course, we get a sample bag of the sequin mix for the month along with three mini white envelopes, and our monthly bottle of Nuvo Drops is another Jewel Drop (lightly tinted translucent) in Sea Breeze. The dies included this month are a small decorative frame and a swallow die – obviously matching the embossing folder. I did die-cut both of those in black to show you how they looked. And take a look at those large wood-veneer die cuts at the top! ‘Hello’, ‘Smile’, and ‘Happy’ in a large, clean script. These would make great cards virtually all by themselves! Now, if that wasn’t enough (I don’t think Lizi knows the meaning of that word!) we have one more surprise waiting for us in the embellishment bag.IMG_4635Ephemera!!! More than 50 pieces of die cut sentiments, images, icons, banners, badges, tags, and words – many with that rose gold foiling on them. I don’t think we’ve ever gotten a bag like this in our LFL kits before, and these are amazing! I almost like them more than the cut apart sheets – as these are already cut apart!! A lovely surprise treat to finish out the Love From Lizi April 2018 Card Kit. As of this posting there are still a few kits available, so if you’d like to grab one for yourself just click here: Love From Lizi. Thank you so much for joining me here today – I hope you like this kit as much as I do and will want to join me in playing around and seeing what we can come up with this month! Please share this post with all your friends and Happy Crafting!!

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

Hello folks! Scott here with my 10 cards from the March ’18 Love From Lizi Card Kit. I am so sorry to be so late with this posting but I got hit by a nasty bug that laid me out for a couple of weeks. OUCH! Feeling better and better every day now..!  I am so late that this kit has already sold out, so this is for all the folks out there who got their hands on this kit and are looking for a little inspiration and maybe a new idea or two!   Let’s get rolling!Screen Shot 2018-02-27 at 9.57.54 PMNow I don’t usually get any of the matching ‘add-ons’ that Lizi offers along with her card

kits, but the chipboard stickers caught my eye this month, so I did get the chipboard stickers and I the layered chipboard stickers as well! Not that there aren’t enough supplies in these kits as it is, but I know lots of folks who do like the chipboard add-ons and I wanted to see how they might inspire me. Uniquely, a lot of the images and icons in this kit were quite large, both on the cut-apart sheets and you can see that some of the chipboard stickers are over sized as well. The large jar with candy and the white top in the center of the chipboard sticker sheet is actually 5 and 5/8″ tall. And those lovely filigree labels / tags with the treats and cakes from one of the cut-apart sheets are 6″ long. Hmmmmmmm… I may have to work on making some 5″ x 7″ cards this month!IMG_4600As usual, I did stamp all the images from the stamp set (with SSS Intense Black Ink) on the smooth white card-stock included in the kit. Lizi said this card stock was ‘Copic friendly’, so I colored this batch of stamps with my Spectrum Noir alcohol markers. True to her word, this is excellent card stock for coloring with alcohol markers. Of course I do try to stay within the pink/green/brown color pallet that is featured in this kit. You can also see some of the kit’s Nuvo Jewel Drops in Limoncello to the right – I’ll often dab out some drops on my craft mat to dry and be ready for use on cards. I also took the other four pieces of colored card stock from the kit and made eight 4.25″ x 5.5″ card bases.

Right out of the gate I decide to go ahead and do a 5×7 card – at least I do have some envelops that will fit! I really liked the filigree labels and the candy jar chipboard piece.IMG_4601I made a 5′ x 7″ white card base using some 120# card stock from my stash, and created this sentiment with my Silhouette Portrait – I felt like this large of a card needed a large sentiment – and printed that directly to the card base. The block print is GEORGIA font, and the script words are in SMOOTHIE SHOPPE font (my, how appropriate!). I cut out a 2 and 5/8″ strip (7″ long) from the large striped pattern paper from the back of one of the 12×12 cut-apart sheets and glued that down to the left side of the card base, and ran some of the medium Chocolate Mirror peel off stickers along both sides.  I fussy cut one of the filigree labels from another cut-apart sheet and mounted that up with some foam tape on the stripes. That chipboard candy jar sticker fit perfectly within that frame and I also covered a bunch of the chipboard candies with Glossy Accents to scatter around the bottom. A double-bow from the pale pink ribbon in the kit highlights the jar lid and a few sequins from the ‘Sweet Treats’ sequin mix finishes this card out nicely! This all looks great on a larger card format!  I’ll have to remember that I do have that option! And there’s a sentiment that truly makes me want to sing…! IMG_4603This cut-apart sentiment caught my eye, but it was only 4″ square on the sheet, so I paired it up with the striped pattern paper from the kit and used the chipboard flower stickers to hide the seam. Look closely, and you can see the dots on the pink stripes above the flowers are black, and below the flowers they are white… So, together that piece is 4″ x 5.25″ and mounted directly to the pink card base. I wanted to frame this image so I cut a frame from the soft pink pearl specialty card stock with my Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangle dies, but I didn’t want to lose the pink card base completely, so I cut the corners off the frame (about 1.75″ from each corner) and mounted the remaining pieces to the top left and bottom right corners with foam tape. I did cover all the flowers with my Spectrum Noir Sparkle pen, added a double bow from the green and white bakers twine, and added 5 mini copper gems to the center of the white flower, and on top of the pattern paper dots on the bottom left and top right! That balances everything nicely. This is about as pink as I could get with this kit, and I do love the sentiment expressed here. Let me see what I can do with some of those Layered Chipboard Sticker add-ons!IMG_4618On the Chocolate Brown card base,  I mounted the off-white embossed specialty card stock trimmed down to 3.75″ wide and added 3/4″ strips of the pick and green striped pattern paper to the two edges of that, as well as the skinny peel off stickers on the sides. I took one of the vellum pieces, and, after gluing that to some plain white card stock with the Xyron Sticker Maker, I cut away the copper foil frame and attached that directly to the card base. The cake is one of the layered chipboard extras and I just HAD to use the candy sticks from the kit to make candles! I cut the sticks down to various heights and colored them with my alcohol markers, and tucked them behind the top of the cake sticker. To make the candle flames, I used the Nuvo drops to make some flame shapes on my craft mat and let them dry completely, and added the mini copper gems to the card base just above the candle tops. Once the Nuvo flame shapes dried, I used some Ranger Multi Medium Matte to glue the Nuvo flames on top of the mini gems. The gems add just enough color to highlight the translucent Nuvo drop flames. I did get a bit obsessive with the gold tinsel from the embellishments bag, and attached a bunch to the back of the cake sticker and trimmed them down into a bit of a starburst coming out of the sides of the cake. The whole cake piece and the WONDERFUL layered chipboard sticker attach to the card base with a touch of foam tape here and there, and I felt the need to add BIRTHDAY WISHES to complete the sentiment. I did print and cut that with my Silhouette using the LUCIDA GRANDE font and foam taped that to the card base under the WONDERFUL banner. WOW! This card has a little bit of everything! I do like how the candles and tinsel break the boundaries of the copper foil frame, and with all the glitter on the chipboard pieces, and the gems and Nuvo drops, there’s plenty of sparkle here! There are more chipboard pieces I like, so let’s see if I can use any on an A2 card!IMG_4605Back to the second pink card base, I cut a 3.75″ strip of the candy jar pattern paper for my background, and added two 1/8″ strips of the Bronze pearl specialty card stock on the two sides. I layered the two ‘chocolate’ chipboard stickers together and added a double pink bow to the jar. IMG_4606Here’s another sentiment of mine created on my Silhouette in the SIGN PAINTER font and cut out with a Spellbinder Deckle Rectangle die and a little distress oxide Walnut Stain ink on the edges. “All you need is love.” on the front, and “But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt.” on the inside (cut with a LF stitched rectangle die). Who knew that the creator of PEANUTS was into chocolate!? I did add the layered chipboard sticker of the treat package on the inside of the card, and added some of the mini Copper Gems to highlight the Chocolate sign on the front. I like this card a lot and, though it is on a pick card base, I think it has more of a vintage feel than a pink feel. But that’s four rather pink cards right off the bat, and, though I know I can’t avoid it, let’s call the pink conquered for now and see what we can do with the stamps and other items left to use.IMG_4607I did have to dig around in my ink pads to find colors that matched this dotted pattern paper, and found that my Stampin’ Up Early Espresso and Pear Pizzazz inks matched very well. I stamped the cookie stamp in a straight row across some of the white card stock from the kit alternating between the Espresso and the Pear. I then fussy cut my colored cookie stamp, embossed the whole stamp with clear embossing powder and foam taped that over the center cookie. I trimmed the stamped piece to 2 and 3/8″ (x 5.5″) and I added two 1/8″ strips of the Dark Green / Gold specialty paper to the edges of that and then used my Ellen Hutson Stitching Lines border dies to add the cross stitch detail on the edges. On the Apple Green card stock, I mounted a 3.25″ strip of the dotted pattern paper and added 1/8″ strips of the green pattern paper to the top and bottom. The sentiment is stamped with the Early Espresso ink,  and the stamped piece is attached to the card base with foam tape. Though there is still plenty of pink here, I think the green is a nice counterpoint, and I like highlighting this cute cookie stamp all by itself!img_4620.jpgAnd now to the pancakes!! Here’s another card that uses a lot of the goodies from this kit! I fussy cut the Moroccan pattern paper with a decorative edge, and used my scoring board to emboss the tile pattern on the Taupe gloss specialty card stock. The Taupe piece is 2 and 3/8″ x 4″, and the pattern paper is about 1 and 7/8″ x 4″ and they are both mounted to the Black card base with foam tape. I cut a simple trapezoid ‘tabletop’ from a scrap of white card stock and trimmed that with a piece of the thin white satin ribbon from the kit. I took the paper covered wire from the kit and braided it together to make this chunky trim that frames the edge of the table. I did use tiny bits of the Nuvo drops on the ends of the braid to cover the cut wire. Three of the textured copper brads and a  strip of the Chocolate Mirror peel offs between the ‘table’ and the ‘wall’ finishes out this scene very nicely. IMG_4609 I fussy cut the colored pancake stamp, added Glossy Accents to the syrup (yum!), and foam mounted that on the ‘table’. I added my own sentiment (a little more pancake oriented) using my favorite BRADY BUNCH REMASTERED font on my Silhouette – cut four times and layered together for some extra chunky dimension on the front.  A decidedly playful card that works beautifully with a pancake stamp! There are SO many ice cream, pancake, and cupcake puns out there that it was a little hard deciding which sentiment would work best on this card. I do like the result!IMG_4610Those lovely cupcake stamps! I cut my colored cupcake stamps with a LF Stitched Rectangle die and outlined the edges with the Chocolate mirror peel offs and mounted that to a mat of the brown embossed specialty paper with foam tape. That assembly is glued directly to a mat of the Bronze Pearl specialty paper and that is foam taped to the background pattern paper (5′ x 4.25″) attached directly to the Apple Green card base. I glued a length of the brown cupcake grograin ribbon (with 2 smooth copper brads) across the bottom portion of the card and stamped the sentiment in SSS Intense Black Ink on more of the white card stock from the kit. I cut the sentiment out with another LF Stitched Rectangle die and outlined the edges of that piece with the Chocolate Mirror peel offs as well. The sentiment is attached with some foam tape for some added dimension, and, though you can’t really tell from the photo, I used my Renger Embossing pen to add some clear embossing powder to the cupcake toppings – nice shine but not quite as shiny as glossy accents. I like this sentiment a great deal and I like how the cupcakes kind of look like a framed art piece, but most of all, this card hardly feels pink to me at all!  LOL! IMG_4611I haven’t done a shaker card in a while, and some of the candy jars on the cut-apart sheets were just begging to be shakers so I came up with this nice Mother’s Day card. On the Chocolate Brown card base, I mounted a 3.5″ x 5.5″ piece of the Pale Pink Marble specialty paper and added two 1/8″ strips of black and white diagonal stripes from my stash and more of the peel offs on the edges. The candy jar is from one of the cut-apart sheets – I simply cut out the inside of the jar to make a window for my shaker bits. I did pack the shaker window quite full with the sequin mix (I avoided the large brown sequins) and added in some Queen & Co. Tiny Bubbles Toppings to the mix, and added a simple pink bow to the top of the lid.IMG_4612 The sentiment is mine, created on my Silhouette in MARKETING SCRIPT font and printed directly on the marble card stock. Inside, of course, is the ‘Happy Mother’s Day’ greeting, and with the addition of some mini copper gems at strategic points along the filigree, we have a very nice, very PALE, pink card ready for Mom! IMG_4614OKAY, SO SUE ME! I COULDN’T RESIST!! If three scoops of ice cream is a treat, then wouldn’t four scoops be an even better treat!? Just pull on the tab at the bottom…!IMG_4615Yes… another double slider pull-tab card from me this month! My big accomplishment with this card was being able to hide the slider slit completely behind the sundae! This is a fairly simple card, as I wanted all the focus to be on the ice cream. I used the last of the smooth white card stock from the kit for my slider base, outlined that with the thin Chocolate Mirror peel offs, and added a couple of 1/8″ strips of the Antique Gold Pearl specialty paper to the edges. All is mounted to the last Black card base. I fussy cut the colored sundae stamp and used Glossy Accents on all the toppings (BIG YUM!) and then stamped the sundae again and just cut out the lower right scoop to be my added treat. I used some clear glitter on the topping of the added scoop for a little razzle-dazzle with the surprise, and stamped the sentiment with SSS Intense Black Ink and cut that out with a LF stitched Rectangle die before mounting it to the card base with foam tape. I recently posted a How-To video that shows how to make your own double slider pull-tab cards. But wait, you say, that’s only 9 cards – what could I be saving as card #10 this month? I haven’t used the hexagonal dies or the copper foiled acetate pieces yet… What’s up!?IMG_4616This is what’s up! Now this is much easier that it may seem, and the hexagonal dies included in this kit work perfectly on an A2 card! It will take a little time as you have to run this through your die cutter 18 times, but I simply cut three pieces of 120# white card stock (from my stash) to 4.25″ x 5.5″ and a white card base as well. The large hexagonal die spaces out perfectly – just bisect your card front down the middle in both directions – the center line is where your center hexagons line up. Add a line 1″ away from both short ends of the card. This is the center line for your other hexagons. IMG_4621After cutting all six hexagons, use that top piece as a pattern for the placement of the next smaller hexagon on the next layer of card stock.

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I did use my mini MISTI to keep the layers lined up accurately. Just line up the cutting edge of the smaller die to the previously cut edge and tape it down before removing the top pattern piece and running it through your die cutter. Then after you have the second layer cut, use that piece as a pattern for where to cut the third layer with the smallest hexagonal die – lining up the cut edges through all three layers. Glue all the layers together and add to a card base and TADA! This looks like some of those new layering dies out there that are beautiful, but cost a fortune (so much metal)! You could, of course, use different colors of card stock for the different layers but I thought white would work especially well with the acetate sentiment. I did trim some small slivers of foam tape to mount the sentiment, but, since the acetate is so thick, you don’t need a lot of foam tape to add a little bit more dimension. IMG_4627There we go! 10 cards from the Love From Lizi March 2018 card kit – a nice variety of cards and not too much pink! I managed to use all the image stamps from the stamp set, some of the ‘add-on’ chipboard stickers, but I didn’t get to the “Fueled by Cake, Coffee and Crafting” sentiment as it seems that I don’t have a single coffee themed stamp set. Not even tea! As usual, I have tons of extras from the kit – I used a little bit of everything, but I didn’t use any of the alphabet stickers, the craft labels or the buttons – and I only added a couple sheets of white card stock from my stash. I really like the stamp set in this kit – it will probably come available next month at lovefromlizi.com – the images are nicely shaded so you can color them very simply or as complex as you like and they will always look good! Thank you so much for sharing your time with me here – it is truly and dearly appreciated!  Remember, don’t run with scissors, and, Happy Crafting!

UnBoxing! Love From Lizi March 2018 Card Kit

Hello Folks! Scott here with my UnBoxing of the Love From Lizi March 2018 Card Kit!Screen Shot 2018-02-27 at 9.57.54 PMThis kit is full of sweet treats, a terrific stamp set created by Laura at Crafty Not Shifty, and as usual, a huge assortment of interesting card stocks, papers and embellishments!IMG_4577We get five sheets of 8.5″ x 11″ card stock in Pink, Black, Apple Green, Chocolate Brown and a smooth White alcohol-marker-friendly card stock.IMG_4555Twelve sheets of 6″ x 6″ pattern papers comes next – some floral patterns, some sweet treats, stripes, polka-dots, and a few lovely monochromatic papers are included.IMG_4553Our Specialty Card Stock for this month is eight sheets of 4.25″ x 5.5″ card stocks in Pearlized Bronze, Dark Green/Gold Pearlized, Embossed pin-stripe Brown, Off-White embossed, Soft Pink Pearl, Taupe Gloss, Antique Gold Pearl and Pale Pink Marble.IMG_4557Chocolate Mirror peel Off stickers for this month are complimented with a large sticker alphabet done in a copper foil and featuring hexagonal shapes – numbers too! I love Lizi’s Peel Offs and truly adore the ‘mirror’ type especially when it comes in a color!

We get three 12″ x 12″ double-sided cut-apart card stock sheets featuring treats galore!IMG_4559IMG_4560The back of the first sheet features the same tea roses as the pattern papers only larger.IMG_4562IMG_4564The second sheet has some terrific sentiments and is backed by this terrific stripe.IMG_4565IMG_4580The last sheet has these gorgeous ‘sweet shoppe labels’ backed with a nice tonal floral.IMG_4568We are also treated to another 12″ x 12″ sheet of vellum pieces foiled with copper – I love the vellum sheets Lizi includes with her kits – and these should spark some fun designs!

And here is that great stamp set created by Laura at Crafty Not Shifty!IMG_4576An ice cream sundae, a stack of pancakes, three cupcakes, little sandwich cookies and some fun sentiments – my favorite is “A party without cake is just a meeting!” Love it!!!

Now we get to the Embellishment Bag – which always contains a surprise or two for us!IMG_4551(1)Starting from the bottom, we get a meter each of four trims – thin Ivory Satin ribbon, thin Pale Pink Satin ribbon, a 5/8″ wide Brown Grosgrain ribbon with cupcakes on it, and a piece of Green and White bakers twine. Above the ribbons, from the left, we get a bag of gold tinsel (not sure what to do with that yet), a sunburst of mini Copper Gems (tons of gems here), five wooden buttons, four kraft sticker labels, three lollipop sticks, six copper brads (fairly large), our monthly Nuvo Drops bottle – Limoncello Jewel Drops this month, three nesting hexagonal dies, a sample bag of Lizi’s Sweet Treats sequin mix, and a meter of brown paper wrapped wire – nice thick wire..! The really interesting item in the embellishments bag this month were these copper foiled sentiments printed on thick acetate – eight different sentiments to wrap our crafty minds around..!

Now, I don’t usually go for any extras with Lizi’s kits since it seems like there are so many supplies included to begin with, but this month I couldn’t resist the chipboard stickers.IMG_4569Some of these are very large, so I will have to brainstorm a bit on how to use them! I alsoIMG_4571went for the layered chip board stickers this month as well – these are REALLY pretty – some of them have at least three layers and they are all well sized for use on A2 cards. That’s everything in the Love From Lizi March 2018 Card Kit (with a couple of extras!) and I can’t wait to dig in and start coloring those stamps and figuring out how to use this plethora of goodies. If you want to join me for the fun, this kit is still available for purchase – please use my link to shop at LoveFromLizi.com. Thank you for sharing your time with me here, don’t forget to Treat Yourself and Spread the Cheer! Happy Crafting!!

 

 

PROJECT: Double Slider Pull-Tab Cards

Hello Folks! Scott here! I promised to share my double-slider pull-tab card with you and here it is. I was on a roll for a couple of months and made these three cards.IMG_4526The Balloon Card, The Moon Card and the Dream Card  – Yes, those of you paying close attention, I added the blue and purple balloons after I had posted my video – those extra balloons fill up this card front nicely.IMG_4527These are all based on the “double slider card” that has been around for a while – you can find bunches of instructional videos on YouTube for a variety of these –

Here’s a mock-up I made for you to show you the mechanism –img_4530.jpg – it’s basically just a track with a plastic conveyor belt in the middle (plastic shopping bag) with the moving pieces attached to both the front and the back.img_4531.jpgThis is a little too big for these cards, so I just needed to shrink the mechanism down a little bit – this is all there really is to the action – a track piece with a plastic conveyor belt that has the pull-tab attached on one side and the moving piece on the other.IMG_4533IMG_4534IMG_4535Let’s make a mock-up first. We have a card base (4.25”x 5.5”), the card front (4”x 5.25”), the track piece (with a partner)(just under 4”x 5.25”)  the pull tab (1”x 5.5”) the movingIMG_4536 piece, the plastic conveyor, and we’ll need to make the paper hinge that attaches the moving piece to the belt. Screen Shot 2018-02-25 at 11.49.47 PMSo let’s cut an inch off of the pull tab to use for our hinge – we’ll get back to that later.

We want to make a track for the conveyor belt to travel along so I cut two ½” notches on the top and the bottom of the track piece right in the center.Screen Shot 2018-02-25 at 11.50.45 PM I have stepped up from shopping bags to zip lock bags but any reliably strong plastic sheeting could be used for the conveyor belt.

I’m loving the new Tim Holtz Glass Media Mat for cutting – simply tape down your plastic and using a craft knife and a metal ruler, cut off a ½” strip so easily – and  this isn’t even a new blade! Wrap your plastic around the track and use some strong double-sided adhesive (I use scor-tape) to join the ends and trim off the excessScreen Shot 2018-02-25 at 11.57.18 PM – be careful not to pull your conveyor too tight – it needs to be able to slide easily.Screen Shot 2018-02-25 at 11.58.14 PM I’ll take the partner piece and trim it down to fit on the front of the track piece on either side of the belt just to give the belt a little room to slide easily.

Score your pull tab down the center and scor-tape it together. We need the extra thickness so you can pull AND push it!Screen Shot 2018-02-26 at 12.01.05 AM I arrange the seam of the plastic towards the top of the track piece (on the back side) and attach the pull-tab right on to the seam. Again, using a couple pieces of scor-tape!Screen Shot 2018-02-26 at 12.03.29 AM Remember, this is the back of the track piece, so make sure your pull-tab faces forward.
Let’s move to the card front – we need to make a slot for the hinge to go through to attach the moving piece to the conveyor. We know it’s going to be right in the center, so let’s

draw a line right down the middle of the card front –  the track is ½” shorter than the card front on the top and bottom – let’s mark those on our line so we don’t cut past them.  Using my craft knife, I cut the slot on either side of the pencil line to make a very thin slot through the card front – remember to erase any stray pencil marks! While we’re here,

might as well add a thumb notch at the bottom – I just use my ½” circle punch for that. Now take that 1” piece we removed from the tab piece in the beginning, fold it in half – I

find it helps to fold it over my TH Retractable Craft Pick (so the hinge isn’t too tight). Trim the hinge down to 1/4″ either side of the fold line so it will fit on the conveyor belt,

and then split the hinge on both sides at different places.

Now, depending on the length of your slot on the card front, you may need to mark your conveyor belt to show you where the bottom edge of the hinge should be attached. Just layer your card front and track piece together and mark the bottom of your slot onto your plastic conveyor belt (make sure your pull-tab is in the start position!). Here, we have the longest possible slot on the card front so we know that the hinge goes at the bottom of the conveyor belt. Add scor-tape to one side of your hinge – on OPPOSITE sides

at the cut – we will splay the hinge where it attaches to the conveyor belt. Make sure it moves freely, and if everything is working, we can attach the track piece to the back of

the card front – ATG comes in handy for that – just be sure to feed the hinge through the slot! A little exercise for the mechanism ensures that all is working properly.

I use my 1/2″ circle punch to add a thumb notch to the card base – there’s an extra 1/8″ on the card base so I choke up on the hole punch and trim the extra curve off with scissors.

Foam tape is used to attach our mechanism to the card base. Since the pull-tab is double thick, the extra wiggle room is helpful. Line your card front up with a 1/8″ border all around and press it down.

Now all we have to do is attach the moving piece to the hinge. Add Scor-tape on the opposite wings of the hinge and, attach your moving piece right in the center.

Now, depending on how big your piece is, you have some leeway in where you attach that piece as well as what ever other pieces you are using for your card.

I really enjoyed making these cards! I actually tried doing a how-to immediately after my first card but I did something wrong to the video – OOPS! However, I did get another rocket card (with a girl this time!) assembled with that episode of trial and error!!!

I know I will be on the lookout for more opportunities to use this technique – these would

work on a landscape card just as well where the action would move sideways… I think the possibilities are kind of endless! I hope this was illuminating for you and helps describe the process for these Double Slider Pull-Tab cards. I encourage you to give it a try! My video of this assembly is right below, and may help if you have any questions.  Please let me know if you need anything I may be able to help you with! Thank you so much for sharing your time with me here, and Happy Crafting!

 

10 Cards 1 Kit / Simon Says Stamp Feb. ’18 “A Colorful Crafty Life” Card Kit

Hello Folks!  Scott here with my 10 Cards from the Simon Says Stamp Feb. 2018 “A Colorful Crafty Life” Card Kit. This kit is loaded with supplies and features the exclusive “Crafty Friend’ clear stamp set. We are also treated to the new SSS Craft Tacky Glue, 1SSSFeb2018water brush pen, 12 double-sided sheets of Echo Park’s “I’d Rather Be Crafting” 6″ x 6″ paper pad, and 5 Prima crafty wood veneer pieces (I received 4 different cameras and one spool). A big surprise was the “Twiggy” curved blade portable scissors, and we got a bag of Studio Katia “Cupid’s Kiss” crystals (VERY pink!). Another product I’ve never seen in a SSS card kit was two Tim Holtz Texture Fade embossing folders (‘Dot Matrix’ and ‘Gridlock’)! We also received a Daniel Smith watercolor pallet with Minnesota Pipestone Genuine, Serpentine Genuine, Quinacridone Gold, Brown Iron Oxide, Mayan Red and Cascade Green. To finish off this plethora of supplies, we got three SSS envelopes in Metallic Bronze, Metallic Orange Peel, and Mint as well as 1 sheet each of SSS 100# card stock in Slate, Banana, Burnt Orange, Audrey Blue, and a 120# white. PHEW! This is my 12th kit from SSS and this kit has more supplies than ever before. I don’t know if the price increase (subscriptions to the Card Kits went up $5.00 this month) dictates more materials but I will try my best to use as many supplies as possible on my 10 Cards.

Since I received 4 camera veneer pieces I decided I should do a camera card to begin with. There was only one sheet of pattern paper that featured only cameras, so that’sIMG_4488where I started. I cut a ‘corner’ of cameras from the pattern paper and matched that up with the reverse side which was the dark wood-grain pattern. I actually tried adding Glossy Accents to all of the camera lenses, but there were so many that it started pulling focus from my veneer pieces, so instead, I fussy cut another batch of cameras and foam taped them directly over the the de-glossied cameras – that’s much nicer – nice dimension without pulling too much focus! (I did add some glitter from my Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pen to the lenses ) I colored the two wood veneer cameras with my Tsukiniko Delicata metallic inks in Gold and Copper and attached those directly to the card front. I could not resist the punny (on my first card no less!) “Snappy Birthday” sentiment I created and cut with my Silhouette Portrait (4 layers glued together) using the Brady Bunch Remastered font and a couple of starburst ‘flashes’ I created. The whole brown/camera panel is cut to size with a Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangle Die and foam taped to the white card base. For a touch more shine, I added some brown peel off pin-stripe stickers (from a Love From Lizi card kit) to the  top and left sides of the card base and the edges between the two pattern papers. If you know someone into photography, this would be a perfect HB card!

This stamp set had 2 border stamps – a dashed line and a wide diagonal stripe – I think Simon Says Stamp likes border stamps or they are just an easy filler for a stamp set – out of the past 12 months of kits, 7 of them have assorted border stamps for a total of 14 different border stamps this year. I thought it would be fun to try to use all of them on one card. I skipped the 2 heart border stamps (hearts were sideways) the Happy Birthday border stamp (wrong sentiment!) and the plain stripe border stamp (boring!), but I managed to use 10 different border stamps on this card, and one of the sentiments from IMG_4501the stamp set. I stamped the brush, pencil, marker and paint tube across the top of a plain piece of white card stock with SSS Intense Black Ink, and stamped the ‘colorful’ sentiment in the middle with the same ink. I masked off the sentiment and gathered all my border stamps together to use as the ‘drawings’ coming out of these implements. The blue brush stroke and square box borders are stamped in Manganese Blue Ranger Archival Ink, and the dashed line in the center is stamped in Deep Purple Archival Ink. The green, yellow, orange and red borders were stamped in Simon Says Stamp Hybrid inks from the Fresh Fruit ink cube set that came with the April ’17 SSS card kit. I did use the thin ‘brush stroke’ border stamp (from the Oct ’17 kit) twice as there are eleven  implements..! For the yellow and orange stamps on the right side, I used washi tape to mask out a thin-to-thick space to stamp the diagonal stripe stamp (from this month) and the wave stamp from the July ’17 kit. I think I like that orange wave stamp the best here… I will have to remember how nice that looks! I trimmed the white card stock down with a Stitched Rectangle die, and mounted that to a black mat from my stash, and used some black fun foam to mouth that to the striped pattern paper (cut with another Stitched Rectangle die) and glued that all down to the Burnt Orange card base with the SSS Craft Tacky Glue. I did use this glue as much as possible with these cards, and I have to say that it is a very good glue… a touch thick, perhaps, but it glued the card stock to the fun foam with no problems whatsoever, and dried quickly and quite firmly! I did use my Zigg Clean Color Real Brush Markers to color in available white spots on the tool stamps to match the colors coming out of them, but added no further shine or sparkles, thinking that the rainbow stamping gave this card all the punch it needed! “You Make Everything Colorful” is not my favorite sentiment, but it works nicely here!

The largest sentiment in this stamp set was “Sending You a Handcrafted Hello From So Very Far Away”. Again, the sentiments in this kit didn’t thrill me, I think everyone who receives a card from me KNOWS that they are handmade, so this feels a little like tooting your own horn, but I do TRY to use all the stamps in a stamp set with my 10 Cards 1 Kit postings. (I could not bring myself to use any of the strictly ‘crafty’ sentiments: ‘Crafters Gonna Craft’, ‘New Stamps = Love’, ‘Hello, Crafty Friend’, ‘I’d Rather be Crafting’, or the ‘Handmade by someone super crafty named: _____”) Maybe you could cut away the ‘super crafty’ line to just get “Handmade By”. Nonetheless, I WILL use the other four sentiments!IMG_4490I stamped this sentiment on some vellum with the Fired Brick Distress Oxide ink and clear embossed that with my Ranger clear embossing powder. I used the ‘Gridlock’ embossing folder from Tim Holtz on the Slate card base and loved how easy that folder worked on the front of a card – perfectly sized and small enough to go through my Cuttlebug without having to fold the card in half – in other words, the folder is under 6″ wide! I LOVE THAT! I found a USA map shape on line and used my Silhouette Portrait to cut that crafty pattern paper (nice angle!) and a mat from the cork pattern paper. I stamped the dashed line border stamp with SSS Intense Black Ink in a curve on the map (from NYC to Oregon) and clear embossed that as well. The envelope stamp is white embossed on the included watercolor paper two times, colored in with the Daniel Smith watercolor pallet, and fussy cut to be the terminals for the ends of the dotted line. The map is foam taped up on the card base, the envelopes are foam taped up on the map, and the vellum sentiment is foam taped to the map as well. (I hid the foam tape behind the H, E, L, L, and O!) I thought the Fired Brick ink matched the pattern paper very well, and I really like the simplified yet recognizable USA shape as my focal point. I think all the embossing on this card provides plenty of shine so no further embellishments needed.

Finally I get to a couple of the sentiments that have nothing to do with ‘crafts’ – The ‘THANKS’ (in typewriter keys) and ‘HUGS ENCLOSED’ stamps. There was one piece of pattern paper that had a nice typewriter pattern on one side, and a typewriter key pattern on the other side so here we go with a bit of a writing theme for the next card.IMG_4491Very straightforward, simple Thank You card! I cut the typewriter pattern paper to 2″ x 5.1/4″ and matted that on black card stock (from my stash) cut at 2.1/8″ x 5.3/8″ and glued that all down to the left side of the Banana card base. I stamped the THANKS sentiment in SSS Intense Black Ink, fussy cut that out and mounted that with foam squares to the card base. Since the typing paper in the typewriters had hearts on them, I thought that gave me the opportunity to use the heart stamps (solid and outline) from the stamp set. Then I realized that the HUGS ENCLOSED stamp would work perfectly here as well (it was a little small to be used as the solo sentiment on  card). I know lots of writers I could use this card for, and I think they would get a kick out of the ‘retro’ notion of typewriters!

Working with that THANKS stamp reminded me that I had an image file from Sillhouette called ‘Circle Distressed Alphabet’ and I thought I could use that to come up with my own ‘typewriter sentiment’ for another card – I do still have 4″ of that pattern paper to use!IMG_4492Here we have a fun Valentine card in the same typewriter vein. I cut a 2.5″ strip of the pattern paper for the center panel, cut the reverse down to two strips of  3/8″ and glued them down to the Slate card base that I had embossed with the Matrix embossing folder. I sized the ‘Circle Distressed Alphabet’ letters down to 3/8″, printed and cut them on my Silhouette, and used my 1/2″ circle punch to make white mats for each letter. IMG_4502Those are mounted to the card front with foam squares. I cut two thin strips of matte black card stock to cover the seams between the pattern papers, and added an old heart brad beneath the sentiment. I did continue the sentiment on the inside of the card, with ‘Happy Valentine’s Day’ in Typewriter Hand font. I think this is the first time I’ve used that circle alphabet and I like it very much as typewriter keys! I realize Valentines has just passed, but I think this is a very masculine card any guy would be happy to give.

I wanted to play with the Daniel Smith watercolors, and knew I wanted to use one of my favorite ‘art’ sentiments kit, so I looked around on line for an interesting ‘sketchy’ image of the earth to watercolor, and this is what I came up with!IMG_4494I stamped all the art implements with Versa Mark ink down the two sides of the Audrey Blue card base, printed out the earth image on the watercolor paper from the kit, and used the DSmith watercolor pallet to color the globe. I fussy cut the globe and mounted it to the card front with foam tape. The sentiment is printed and cut 4 times on my Silhouette, and those are all glued together to make a nice chunky sentiment without having to use foam tape. I actually broke into the Studio Katia ‘Cupids Kiss’ crystals and dug out some of the clear crystals to add a touch of sparkle to this card.  I really like all the blues on this card and I LOVE THIS SENTIMENT!

I did get a spool of thread wood veneer die-cut along with my cameras, and there were a couple of pattern papers with a sewing theme, AND I have been watching some videos of people sewing and doing cross stitch on cards so I had to give it a whirl myself.IMG_4495I happened to have some Perforated Paper in my stash (Mill Hill, 14-count) and found a nice cross stitch pattern for this heart on line, so I stitched this up using 3 strands of DMC Floss 666 Bright Red.  kv-p086-srdce-predlohaThis pattern sized down well for a standard card! I cut the sewing pattern paper to a 2.75″ strip, stamped the diagonal stripe border stamp with SSS Intense Black ink on some scrap white card stock, trimmed that down and glued it to the back of the pattern paper leaving a touch more than 1/8″ exposed on the top. I stamped the scissor and the the dashed line border along the bottom of the Burnt Orange card base (still using Intense Black ink), and glued the pattern papers directly to the card front. Naturally, I went to dafont.com to look for a cross-stitch font and found the ‘Simple Stitch’ font – Perfect! It’s a heart… It’s a valentine… It’s a PUN! I printed and cut the sentiment on my Silhouette (4 layers glued together again) and gave a light wash of the Mayan Red DSmith watercolor to the middle of the stitched heart. I glued the sentiment down to the perforated paper, and attached the whole heart to the card with foam tape – I was able to hide some of the foam tape behind the sentiment! I wrapped and glued the thread coming from behind the heart around the veneer spool and mounted the spool up with some foam tape as well. I love this! I will definitely play with some more stitching on my cards now – maybe in a larger format though. LOL!! Since this card was all about the cross stitching, I didn’t add any sparkles, gems or sequins to distract from the art!

I couldn’t quite figure out what to do with the circle stamp that had the envelope in the middle. I figured it would make a nice stamp on an envelope flap – maybe along with ‘HUGS ENCLOSED’ but it wasn’t speaking to me. I stamped it a few times to see how it stamped, and started doodling on one of the stamped images and came up with this.IMG_4496.JPGThere’s some SNAIL MAIL for ya! LOL!! I think this little guy is so cute! (Of course the googly eyes help a lot!) I am just really taken with the kind of stark nature of this card and how it really pulls your eye to our little snail friend! Here we’re on the Audrey Blue card base sponged with a little Faded Jeans Distress Oxide ink along the bottom, a piece of the orange polka-dot pattern paper cut with a simple Stitched Hillside die and sponged with a touch of Walnut Stain Distress Oxide ink. The hillside is actually glued flat to the card base but that sponging makes it look like it’s dimensional. A couple of clouds stamps from the SSS July ’17 card kit (Sea You Soon stamp set) in Avery Elle Pure White ink and lightly brushed with my Ink Duster brushes to soften them up a little. I stamped the circle letter stamp using a my Signme Aquarelle Brushes (cheap alternative to TomBow) and got a nice almost wooden texture. I drew ‘Sluggo’ here on some Bristol smooth card stock with a Pigma Micron 08 pen, and colored him with my Zigg Real Brush Markers. I fussy cut both pieces (taking care to remember the googly eyes) and attached both to the card front with foam tape. IMG_4497Of course, I rarely (if never) do a card without a sentiment on the front, so is there something inside? Of course there is! We all of us miss someone’s Birthday every now and then, so what better to blame a belated birthday greeting on than SNAIL MAIL! I created this sentiment with my Silhouette software using the Brady Bunch Remastered font and printed that up on some scrap white card stock and cut it out with a stitched rectangle die before gluing it down to the inside of the Audrey Blue card base  I think ‘Sluggo’ is worthy of continued use!!

While doing a little research for this kit, I found a terrific quote from Albert Einstein and immediately knew that I wanted to use it on one of my cards from this kit.IMG_4498I pulled out my ‘Gentleman Crafter’s Handy Guides for Pattern Stamping’ and used the Oval grid with eighteen sections to stamp my radiating lines of the brush, marker, and pencil stamps on some plain white card stock. I used the SSS Hybrid inks again and did a little ink blending right on the stamps. I did set the center of the oval off to the lower left quadrant of the card stock for some added interest. After stamping the initial 18 lines, I realized there was room for more, so I rotated my card stock to add another 18 rays between the first 18 and removed the paint brush and added the paint tube stamp, turned them in the opposite direction and stamped another set radiating out between the original rays. After completing the stamping, I trimmed the card stock down to 4″ x 5.25″ and matted that on a piece of black card stock from my stash cut to 4.1/8″ x 5.3/8″ and glued those both directly to the Banana card base. I created the sentiment sunburst in my Silhouette Portrait using the Noteworthy font and cut that and a black mat out and glued them together. I mounted that to the card front with foam tape and WOW! Lots of bang for the buck here – If you don’t have them, I highly recommend those pattern stamping guides… so many options and so many uses for creating interesting patterns with your stamps. LOVE this card and I simply ADORE this sentiment! I think this is a great booster for any crafter or artist who needs some encouragement sent their way!

Which brings us to the final card for this kit. I still haven’t used the artist painting palette stamp so enough talk about crafts – let’s make some ART! I’ve hardly used much of the Daniel Smith watercolor pallet included with this kit, so I was itching to do a watercolor background. I’ve already used pieces from the watercolor paper from the kit, so I broke out my Strathmore cold press 140# watercolor paper and painted this background.IMG_4499 I LOVE IT! There are many layers of watercolor here – I completely used up the Pipestone and Serpentine paints from the palette, as well as most of the Gold and Green, but I was thrilled and very proud of the background I created here. Sometimes the secret is in knowing when to stop fussing with it! I cut the watercolor background and black mat with my Stitched Rectangle dies, glued them together and foam taped them to the last white card base. I stamped the artist palette and the brush in SSS Intense Black ink, colored the spots on the pallet with the DSmith watercolors, and fussy cut them both out. I tried to imitate the sentiments from the stamp set for the ‘You Color My World’ sentiment using the Lucida Grande font and I sized it to fit within my smallest Stitched Rectangle die. I did cut four of them (three from plain white) and glued them all together – I am becoming more enamored of this technique – it gives you great dimension without having to fuss with foam tape! And this may be the first sentiment I’ve created that imitates the ‘white embossing on black card stock’ look. I Like It! Needless to say, I love this card a lot and I feel like this sentiment is very useful. These DSmith watercolors are some of the best on the market and his dot palettes are a great way to experiment with his colors without breaking the bank!

IMG_4514That concludes my 10 Cards 1 Kit post for the Simon Says Stamp February 2018 ‘A Colorful Crafty Life’ card kit. A lovely batch of cards that are usable for many occasions.

This kit marks the end of my one year as a Simon Says Stamp Card Kit subscriber. When I started doing card kits (two years ago), I decided to do one single brand for a whole year (covering all the holidays) before I moved on to another company. I have enjoyed my year with Simon Says Stamp very much and have created some truly great, fun cards. IMG_4515Here’s a summary of my thoughts (if I may!) on the Simon Says Stamp Card Kits. PROS: 1. First off, the quality of the products included in ALL of their kits is superlative – the SSS card stock is very high quality and their stamps sets are unimpeachable. Of course I didn’t LOVE every kit that came out this past year, but I was determined to take the good with the bad and see what I could create. As a subscriber, you can skip a month if you don’t care for the offerings, but that wasn’t an option for me in my exploration of available card kits out on the market. CONS: 1. I felt like the quantity of products included with the kits varied wildly month to month – the number of card stock papers fluctuated from 3 to 6, and some kits were overstuffed with product while others seemed rather light. 2. They appear to really like PINK over at Simon Says Stamp – if your kit doesn’t have any pink card stock, you can trust that there will be plenty of pink in the pattern papers and/or accessories. 3. Shipping is $6.99 per kit in America and you do not have the option of adding product from their store to be included with your monthly kit – thus avoiding additional shipping charges. 4. The monthly cost of the subscription kits went up this month by $5.00 with NO NOTICE given to their subscribers. After 11 months of being charged $31.94, I was surprised to find my charge for the February kit was $36.98. I sent a note to service@simonsaysstamp.com asking if the increase was only for this month (extra supplies) or was a permanent increase – I NEVER received a reply, and only after looking at the subscription prices on the website did I discover that it was indeed a price increase. This really irritated me and kind of soured my (otherwise fun) year with SSS. If I have given permission to charge my account a certain amount every month, I feel like it is only GOOD BUSINESS to alert me when that price goes up. I’m sure there is some fine print in their contract somewhere that says they are allowed to change their prices without notice, but that lack of notification felt a little underhanded to me. It’s not like they don’t have my email address! I’m sorry to end this post on a bit of a downer, but this really irked me. Thank you so much for sharing your time with me here – I hope I was able to provide you with a little inspiration and a couple of laughs! Stay tuned for the announcement of my next Card Kit subscription – I might take the month of March off, but will be continuing as part of the design team at Love From Lizi. Thank you so much for your encouragement and support and, Happy Crafting!!!