UnBoxing! • Love From Lizi • August 2021 Card Kit

Hello Folks! Scott here with the NEW Love From Lizi August 2021 Card Kit. “Bold And Beautiful” is the theme this month, and we are treated to a deluge of bold colors, patterns, and all sorts of goodness!

Circles seems to be a running theme here, with some watercolors and a little multi-media thrown in for good measure.

Though we usually get 5 sheets of colored card stock (8.5″ x11″) in our LFL kits, this month we get five sheets of Lizi’s super-smooth alcohol-friendly card stock. Chances are I will file these away to save for alcohol marker coloring, and substitute some plain White card stock from my stash. We have these three (7 7/8″ x 5 3/4″) sheets of a lovely watercolor pattern that I’m calling our Specialty Card stock for this kit. There’s a bit of a light finish on these cards as well!

Though this kit arrives in a normal A4 box/envelope, we do get a couple of 12″ x 12″ cut apart sheets with this kit!

Our first cut-apart has a collection of long (perfect for scrapbooking) patterned strips, an assortment of tags, there’s even a ruler there with a bunch of tickets, sentiments and feathers. The back of that sheet (cut between the strips and the tags) is this fun purple-y (is that Mauve??) flower pattern – great color!!

The second cut-apart sheet features these 3′ x 4″ panels (cut right down the center) with some fun sentiments, there are butterflies, journaling cards, and a patterned hand. The back of this sheet is a more muted double-grid pattern in a soft blue and green palette.

And we get a 12″ x 12″ sheet of stickers too! All sorts of sentiments from big to small, along with a few flowers and labels, medallions and hearts. These stickers are made from some nice, thick, sturdy card stock as well.

Of course we get some pattern paper too! 12 sheets of double-sided 6″x8″ pattern paper with fairly bold patterns on the front (left) and more subtle patterning on their backs. Two sheets sport 3″x4″ cut-apart as well – that’s 20 total panels!

Our kit peel offs are Black Mini Stars – perfect for mail-friendly embellishments! The Bold and Beautiful stamp set is basically a sentiment stamp set with a couple of wreaths and extra foliage – to add to, or create your own wreaths. And we get a new stencil this month featuring starbursts and patterned circles… we seem to have a motif starting here…!

I think we can see why this kit features so many circular items… we get a set of six Nesting Scallop-edged circle dies! That’s a great stash builder! Our embellishment bag includes five meter-long 1/8″ satin ribbons in Peach, White, Navy, Wine Red, and Golden Yellow, a sheet of thin circular foam dots, two Gold Mirror polaroid frames, six golden adhesive photo corners, 40 adhesive crystal stars and 60 Champagne crystals, our Bold and Beautiful Sequin mix sampler with about every color you can imagine, and five wood-veneer die cuts – a star, a smiley face, a plane, arrow, and hot air balloon. Lots of embellishment to add color, shine and sparkle to our cards!

I did get a few of the add-ons this month…

The Bold And Beautiful Variety peel off pack includes Brown Mirror Straight, Copper Mirror Straight, Rose Gold Mirror Pin-stripe, and Ruby Red mirror Pin-stripe sheets, and the Bold And Beautiful Pin Stripe peel off pack includes sheets of Blue, Ocean Blue, Black and Soft Peach Pin-stripe peel offs. Just about all the colors in the kit are covered here!

I’m thrilled to get the 2 x Stencil Pack add-on this month – formal circles and artistic circles…! The swirly stencil could easily become flower blooms I believe! More of that circle motif here!

Since we only got white card stock this month, Lizi put together the Bold And Beautiful Colored Card Stock Bundle for those of us looking for a little more color this month. I’m sure Lizi knows that I like to make my card bases from the colored card stock in our kits, so she included this with my shipment!

That’s everything I received with the Love From Lizi August 2021 Bold And Beautiful Card Kit. This kit is now available at Love From Lizi, and subscribers have through Sunday, July 25th to add extra items to their kits with no extra shipping! If this collection catches your eye and gives you some bold and beautiful crafty ideas, and you must get a kit for yourself, please use my links! They help support this channel and it is always deeply appreciated!

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10 Cards 1 Kit • My Monthly Hero • July 2021 Kit

Hello Folks! Scott here with my 10 cards created using the My Monthly Hero July 2021 kit. This month, we’ll travel to a magical woodland forest, full of mushrooms, ferns, and fairy doors that are sure to put a smile on your face.

Our 6×8 Clear Stamp Set includes a couple of fairies and a few gnomes along with two dwellings, a bunch of assorted flowers and greenery, and some pun-y sentiments. We get 18 Coordinating Frame Cuts for every single little gnome, fairy and flower. Our extras this month include three ink cubes (Green Hills, Soft Purple, Pale Tomato), exclusively designed mushroom washi tape, and a mix of stardust sequins. I believe these are the very first gnomes in my stash!

For some reason, I automatically started thinking about masking stamps to create some scenes… I didn’t just stamp everything and color it and cut it out… not sure what made me think in this direction, but, as a result, I have quite a number of (mostly) single-layer cards this month!

There’s a few puns in our sentiments this month, so that’s where I started! On some Neenah Solar White 80# card stock I stamped the stone steps and the house with VersaFine Onyx Black ink. I masked them off (inkadinkado mask paper) then stamped the stump and fairies. I did a little stamp surgery on the fairies, and removed their sparkles before I stamped them. I was very careful and should be able to add their sparkles back whenever I want. I colored all with my Spectrum Noir alcohol markers, stamped the sentiment with the same ink and die-cut that panel with a Lawn Fawn Stitched rectangle die. This qualifies as a one-layer card!

These fairies are pretty tiny… not to mention some of the leaves! I think Copic markers must have a finer point on their brush tip than Spectrum Noir markers do. I find it a little nerve-wracking trying to keep my coloring constrained within the lines on small stamps. Some of the extra detail on the orange fairy was due to some alcohol marker mishaps..! I did add a blush of blue around the scene using a Pebbles chalk palette. That makes it quite easy to get a very light hint of sky around our house without it becoming distracting. I matted my colored panel to a green mat and glued those to a White card base. I added some of the stardust sequins and colored our fairies wings with a Gelly Roll Stardust glitter gel pen. Nice and sparkly without having to stamp any sparkles! The stone steps look perfectly useful too!

We have that “thank you very mush” sentiment in our stamp set (why it doesn’t say “thank you fairy mush” I’ll never know?!) and I decided “very mush” must mean a whole bunch of mushrooms…!

Remembering my stress with the alcohol markers, I stamped these mushrooms on Bristol Smooth card stock with Onyx Black ink. I masked off the door and window on the stamp, inked it up, removed the mask, and stamped a plain mushroom. I cut a mushroom mask and masked off the stamped mushroom to allow me to stamp the additional ‘shrooms. I did move them around a bit so they weren’t in a perfectly spaced straight line – I think that helps them look more unique! I colored these with my Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers and realized that without the door and window, these would have been fairly easy to color with my Spectrum Noir markers… ce la vie!

I stamped the sentiment with VersaFine ink and embossed it with some clear embossing powder, and die cut the panel with a LFSRdie. I matted that on a thin purple and then a thin green mat, and glued those to my white card front. I added a bit of texture to the mushroom stems (and hid some mistakes) with a white gel pen. I decided I really liked the watercolor look that the Zig markers gave me – these mushrooms really pop in person! Another one-layer card!

Since that coloring expedition went so well, I thought I would channel my inner Sandy Allnock and try my hand at coloring a whole background with my Spectrum Noir markers. Trust me, I don’t do this very often..!

I stamped the gnome and stones first, masked off the left side of the gnome and stamped the mushroom. Then I colored everything with my alcohol markers. I worked from light to dark on the background, and tried to create a little clearing in the glen for our gnome home. Because I do this so rarely, it did take me while to complete, but I’m very happy with the results! Here’ a shot of the colors I used on this piece.

Not a terrifically extensive bunch of colors! I should probably practice my alcohol marker background skills more! I die-cut the scene with a LFSRdie, matted that to a thin black mat and glued them down to a white card base. The stamp set gave us the sentiment option of “there’s no place like” “home” or “gnome” so I just cut out the “no”, added the “gnome” and used both nouns in one sentiment (or an adjective and and noun if you reference the pun)! I stamped the new sentiment line by line with VersaMark ink and embossed this with White embossing powder. Perfect! Of course I added white gel pen for some small details and I think Sandy would be proud of me! Yet another one-layer card for this month!!

The little gnome napping in a hammock is one of my favorite stand alone stamps in this kit. I couldn’t help but think that his hammock seemed like a pea pod strung up between the flowers… so I added some peas!

I stamped this on Bristol smooth card stock with VersaFine Onyx Black ink, and drew in some peas on the ground with a black Pigma Micron pen. I wanted to include them with the die-cut so I placed them close to the stems. I colored all with my Zig Watercolor markers, and did a partial die-cut on the top 2/3 of the stamp, then used my mat knife to finish the cut around the peas. Looks like it was meant to be just like this!

I found this old Julie Balzar TCW Mini Swirly Garden stencil in my stash and though it would work nicely with this kit. I used HA Key lime Fizz Reactive ink on some white card stock to stencil this background, keeping it a bit lighter in the center. I printed this sentiment on the stenciled piece using my Silhouette software and the Times New Roman and Dream State font… a great pun and a sweet “I miss you” card! I die-cut the background with a LFSRdie, matted that to a thin green mat and glued that to a white card base. I attached my die-cut over the sentiment with some foam tape for a little dimension. I pulled a thin thread of green twine from a strand of white/green bakers twine, added some glue to it and wound it around a toothpick to dry. It was fairly easy to slip off and add to the peas… another allusion to this hammock being a pea pod! I think it’s perfectly obvious! The stencil worked great, and I get a kick out of those peas!

Mini-slimline card time! This actually started out as a “miss you” card but then I noticed a different sentiment…

This little gnome holding a flower and sitting on a toadstool seems so forlorn that I thought an “I’m sorry” sentiment was the perfect way to go! I found that sentiment on the Hero Arts Many Everyday Messages stamp set – where I usually go for the “miss you” sentiment. I stamped the gnome on Bristol Smooth card stock with Onyx Black ink, colored him with my Zig watercolor markers and die-cut him with the coordinating die. This card base is 3″ x 6″, so I cut a piece of purple card stock to 2.5″ x 5.5″ and stenciled the Swirly Garden using a fairly light layer of HA Unicorn White pigment ink. I matted that on a red scallop mat I cut with my Tonic Scallop Square Layering Basics die set.

The sentiment is stamped on a scrap of white card stock using HA Grape Slush Reactive ink and embossed with clear embossing powder. I die-cut the stamped sentiment with a Lawn Fawn Everyday Sentiment Banner die, trimmed the ends and added it to the card front with foam tape. I love this little card and this little gnome and this little sentiment. I think one could be forgiven for most anything with a card like this!

I seem to have forgotten all about the flower and foliage stamps in this kit – and there’s still an unused sentiment too!

I thought this stamp was the best flower in our set – must be that curly-cue! On a piece of Neenah Solar White card stock, I stamped the center flower with Onyx Black ink and stamped the repeating flowers using the Green Hills stamp cube included in our kit. It’s so easy to stamp patterns like this with a Hero Arts MISTI Stamping tool. I colored the center flower with alcohol markers, stamped and embossed the sentiment as usual, die cut that panel with a LFSRdie, matted that to more purple card stock and glued those to a white card base. Simple, elegant, and another one-layer card!

Let’s go all out with the flowers and foliage stamps! There’s actually nine of those in this stamp set. Can I use them all?

Yes, I can, but the gnomes and fairies get left behind! I took a panel of Neenah Solar White card stock and ink blended the edges with Key Lime Fizz ink and stamped all the flowers and greenery with VersaFine ink – I did stamp the fiddle ferns in the Green Hills ink. I colored all with my alcohol markers, trimmed that panel to 4″ x 5.25″, added a thin black mat and glued those to a White card base. I die-cut the Lawn Fawn Scripty Thanks sentiment four times from plain green card stock and once from the pearlescent green. I stacked and glued all the layers together for a nice chunky sentiment, and glued that to the card front. I added all these green petal-like shapes (and some sequins) in the open spaces – the petal shapes are all the cut-outs from the thanks die! No gnomes or fairies but a lovely thank you card!

I had a wild idea to see if I could possibly make that tree-home stamp into a multi-story unit. One thing led to another…

A little urban development going on here! I think it’s kind of amazing how different the two tree-homes look! Everything is stamped on Bristol Smooth card stock with VersaFine ink, colored with Zig watercolor markers, and cut out with their coordinating dies. I created the multi-story house by masking off the leaves and just stamping the trunk, then sliding my card stock down a little more than an inch, and masking off the trunk to stamp the leaves. Then I just used a ruler and a Pigma Micron pen to attach the top to the bottom. I drew in three more windows, and used partial die-cutting to cut the top and bottom separately and connected the cuts on the sides. Very effective, and really pretty easy!

The background is a panel of White card stock ink blended with HA Lemon Drop reactive ink and the sentiment is printed just like the gnomies card. Two layers of plain green card stock die-cut with a stitched hillside and a grassy border die are glued to the background. There is a touch of ink blending on the bottom of the green pieces using the Green Hills ink. Everything is mounted to the card front with glue and strategically placed pieces of foam tape. If you look closely at the center gnome, you can see that I “paper-pieced” his tunic and hat using the mushroom washi tape. Okay, so that was incredibly fussy, but I wanted to use that washi tape somehow! Now this is certainly not a one-layer card, but probably more indicative of how most people will use this kit. I do love this little scene and sentiment!

I had some extra fronds left over from that last card and I started playing around with them, and the fiddle fern stamp…

A wild valentine card featuring another gnome pun! I die-cut (no stamping!) the shorter fern from 4 colors of green card stock and arrangement them into this fanciful plant shape – I did add quick “veins” with a white gel pen. I stamped and die-cut one fiddle fern normally, and reverse-stamped (and die-cut) a second one using the Green Hills ink. Together they make a perfect heart and an exotic center to our fern.

I printed the sentiment (like the others) on a 4″ x 5.25″ piece of white card stock and glued that to a Pink card base. I die-cut a pink heart using a HA Infinity Nesting Heart die, arranged our plant on top of that, and glued them to the card front. I did add foam tape under the tips of the ferns, and behind the top of the fiddle ferns. Our Gnome is stamped, colored and die-cut like the rest, and mounted with some foam tape. More stardust sequins around the edges of the fern and a few pink sequins give this “love you” card some nice sparkle – I love that fiddle fern heart! And a perfect pun!

I can’t resist the urge to make a Christmas card with a non-holiday kit whenever I get the chance. Another pun too!

This one truly makes me giggle! If you don’t count the decorations, this is a one-layer card too! I cut a quick hillside mask from a scrap of white card stock, placed that on the bottom third of a Bristol Smooth card stock panel, laid the Swirly Garden stencil on top and lightly blended Splash reactive ink through that for our wintry sky. I took the negative of my cut hillside, masked off the sky, and blended the edge of the hillside. I printed the sentiment on the inked panel using my Silhouette software and the same fonts (I thought those matched the style of this kit quite nicely). Then I stamped everything with VersaMark ink. The star stamp is from the MMH October 2018 kit and I stamped that before stamping the fairy on the left. I positioned her to look like she was holding the star, inked the stamp, wiped away the flower in her hands, and stamped her down. Then it was easy to extend her arms with a Pigma pen.

I purposefully kept the ink blending on the background as light as possible thinking my Zig watercolor markers would color over the top of that ink with no problem.That worked quite well! I colored the “roof” more like a pine tree than a deciduous tree, but kept the rest of the coloring pretty straight forward. These fairies are back to normal with their sparkles intact after removing them on the first card. That their sparkles have stars, is perfect for the task at hand! I did add some white gel pen “snow” at the foot of the tree. I die cut the colored panel with a LFSRdie, mounted that to a mat of Hero Hues Mist card stock and down to a White card base. Some silver Nuvo Drops and a few green gems decorate the roof, and a crystal gem lights the center of the star. The dots of fairy sparkle are colored with a Stardust gel pen, and the fairy wings are glittered with a nice touch of Spectrum Noir sparkle pen. Plenty of holiday fairy sparkle here!! That stencil works great as a winter sky, and I simply like the idea of a soft blue Christmas card! Fairy Christmas!

That completes my 10 card fantasy adventure with the My Monthly Hero July 2021 Kit. What a bright colorful collection!

And a great assortment of cards as well! A few Thank You cards, simple greetings and encouragement cards, an apology (or sympathy) card, a valentine and a Christmas card! Plenty of useful sentiments for any stash! I really liked that Swirly Garden stencil and thought it worked with this set in a nice variety of ways, and if you take some time, these stamps are more versatile than one might think at first glance! Though it felt like I had conquered this kit after I created card number three, it was fun to keep digging a little deeper and see what else this kit might inspire. And though these are the first gnome stamps in my stash, I do wish they were a little larger..! And I would have loved to have some mirror image stamps of some of the flowers – the bluebells and the fiddle fern, maybe?

I did manage to use every stamp in this stamp set – well, except for the “no” in the “there’s no place like” sentiment!! I seemed to have gotten a little distracted by the gnomes in this kit and didn’t get to the Soft Purple and Pale Tomato ink cubes but I did manage to use a little washi tape and plenty of the stardust sequins! For some reason, this kit is still available at Hero Arts – I expected this one to sell out quickly! I figure there are lots of gnome stamp sets out there as it is! If I did manage to catch your eye or give you some ideas of your own, and you’d like to grab this kit for yourself, please use my links! It helps support this channel and is supremely appreciated!

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All in all, I had so much fun playing with this kit… I know lots of folks aren’t necessarily into coloring, but I can easily get into the zen of coloring… just put some music on, give me some good markers and I’m happy! Thank you so very much for sharing your time with me here. You know by now how much I appreciate it! Please remember to sign up to follow this blog, follow me on instagram (#cardcutups) and at CardCutups on YouTube, and share this post with any like-minded crafters and card makers! I send you and yours Fairy Mush Love, Light and laughter, and happy crafting!!

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10 Cards 1 Kit and BONUS A2 Card Box • Love From Lizi • July 2021 Card Kit

Hello Folks! Scott here with my 10 cards inspired by the new Love From Lizi July 2021 “Summer Botany” Card Kit! This kit is overflowing with beautiful florals and all sorts of papers and unique stamps perfect for backgrounds.

As usual, I do cut the 8.5″ x 11″ colored card stock in the kit down to A2 card sizes and use those for my card bases. Now, Lizi kept referring to “multi-media” projects when she was doing her unboxing, so I figured I would go in that direction!

I took the multi-media suggestion to heart with this first card. I ink smooshed the front of the Warm Yellow card base with Vintage Photo, Aged Mahogany and Frayed Burlap Distress Oxide inks, and when dry, stamped a number of our text stamps all over the background – you can even see a few tiny dragonflies. If your ink pads are juicy at all, I would recommend second generation stamping. Stamp the images on scrap paper first, and then to your card… these are pretty smallish stamps with tiny details and they can get over-inked fairly easily. I added some textured dots on the sides with some Opaque Texture Paste through a dotted stencil. Then I ink blended the edges with Vintage Photo and Black Soot Distress ink and figured that was enough for the background!

I stamped these three stamps on one of the 3″ x 4″ cut apart panels using VersaFine Onyx Black ink – being careful not to over-ink the stamps. I added a little color to the rose with alcohol markers, stamped a few of the smaller images around the polka-dot border, and ink blended the edges with Vintage Photo. I added a thin mat of the striped pattern paper (ink blending the edges as well) and added a piece of lace from my stash (tinted with more Vintage Photo ink) to the left side of that panel. I ink distressed the edges of the yellow ticket, glued a couple pieces of card stock behind it for a touch of dimension and glued it to the card front. The main panel is mounted with foam tape, and I finished with a heart sticker (inked edges) and a few sequins for a subtle little sparkle. I don’t know if I can go more “multi-media” on a card…!

I learned a lot from that card! Don’t ink smoosh directly on a card base. Too much stress…! There is also a limit to how much “multi-media” you can add to a card before the return isn’t worth it any more. Though they match the dotted background of the cut-apart, the Texture Paste dots were over doing it a bit…! Aways stamp-off these stamps. Especially if your ink pad is juicy! Let’s see if I can practice what I preach!

We had one ephemera piece that was the exact same size as the matching image on one of the cut apart panels. We actually get two of these 3″ x 4″ panels in slightly different shades of blue. I believe I went with the lighter shade. To begin with, I used my X-acto knife, to fussy cut the white borders away form this floral ephemera piece. Slow and steady wins the race! This is almost like decoupage! I ink blended the edges of the sentiment panel with Vintage Photo ink, and glued a pattern paper mat (edges ink blended too) behind that. I cut a piece of the blue pattern paper to 4″ x 5.25″ and die-cut a pattern into the right side of that panel with an old LDRS Background Builder die. I dutifully ink blended more Vintage Photo to the edges of that, added a strip of lace ribbon around the bottom (from the LFL August ’18 kit) and glued that down to the Teal card base.

I mounted the sentiment panel and mat to the card front with foam tape, and added the fussy-cut ephemera with more foam tape. I decided I didn’t particularly care for the original printed sentiment: “it all begins with you” and grabbed the “today” ephemera piece, ink blended the edges of that and added it over the “you” with foam tape. This seems a little more encouraging and less self-centered..! I did add some Spectrum Noir Sparkle pen to the “today” text, and tied a small bow with one of the pieces of twine from our kit and glued that atop a sequin and down to the card front. I LOVE the ephemera piece expanding the printed image from the cut-apart panel. Thrilled I was able to get the whole piece on this card! And I guess the red white and blue theme is very apropos what with the 4th of July right around the corner!

There’s another ephemera piece that matches one of the 3″ x 4″ cut apart panels – it’s not quite the exact same size, but I think I can work with that!

There’s a riot of red for ya! Once again, I fussy-cut all the white borders away from this ephemera piece (Vintage Photo for the edges too!) and even replaced the label plate under the bow with this “The Good Life” sticker – I even added a real brad to the right side of the label plate. That striped ribbon looks SO REAL! I ink blended Vintage Photo around the edges of the 3″ x 4″ cut apart panel, glued that to a mat of the Chocolate Pearlescent card stock form this month’s Pearl Card Stock bundle, and added the ephemera piece with foam tape. Feels like more decoupage!

I stamped Cherry Red card front with 2 of the floral/text background stamps using Vintage Photo Distress Oxide ink and misted it lightly with water to get the chalky highlights to appear. I added some white spatters on top of the stampings and glued the distress ink blended red ticket to the card base.

I did more ink blending on the edges of the Oh, Happy Day banner ephemera piece, and glued it to a mat of the same Chocolate pearl card stock. I glued that to the top of my main panel, added foam tape to the whole piece and attached it to the card front. A few red sequins add the perfect touch to this firecracker of a card! Oh Happy Day indeed!

I needed a little break after those three cards, so I jumped at the large sentiment from one of our pattern papers.

I die-cut this panel with a Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangle die and stamped the lace border on the top and bottom using Hero Arts Sea Salt Reactive ink – again, this is second generation stamping so I don’t obliterate all the details – came out pretty good and adds a nice touch to the dark pattern paper. I cut a piece of Hero Hues Antique Ivory card stock to 4″ x 5.25″ and stamped one of the text stamps around the edges using Vintage Photo ink. I glued those pieces together and down to the Black card base, added three heart stickers and a few sequins for some fun embellishment, and we have a fairly simple card that still feels a little “multi-media”..!

We have a lot of these ‘metal’ label plates on our sticker sheet and cut-apart sheets and ephemera… a lot of them have terrific sentiments and sayings on them… and I have lots of tiny brads… I couldn’t resist this one.

This gave me a chance to play with that big piece of lace in our embellishment bag. I cut a piece of plain white card stock to 4″ x 5.25″ and stamped the rose/butterfly and Paris stamps with Fossilized Amber Distress Oxide ink. (Look for the tiny dragonflies, too!) I also did a light blend around the edges with the same ink and glued that down to a White card base. I trimmed the lace to this pleasant shape and glued that to the card front. I glued the sunshine “ticket” behind the lace at the top, and added the ephemera flowers with foam tape (no need to fussy-cut the border on this one)! I added a couple tiny brads to the sentiment sticker label plate and mounted that towards the bottom with foam tape.

I used some yellow glassine paper (kite paper) doubled up with some Xyron adhesive to die-cut the dragonfly silhouette. The pressure of the die-cutting actually wrinkled the kite paper so perfectly, that I had to check to see if there were embossing lines on the die – nope! Just a happy accident! I colored his “body” with a black marker and glued him (just his body) down to the lace. Some gold sequins add a bit more sparkle and shine to this cheerful sunshine-y card.

That’s really a nice piece of lace and I thought it added a great deal to that card – and there’s still more to play with!

I stamped the bird / label stamp on the Teal card base using Broken China Distress Oxide ink. I ink blended more Vintage Photo on the blue “hello” ticket and a 1 3/8″ x 5.5″ piece of the polka-dot pattern paper and glued both to the left edge of the card base which continued the Vintage Photo distressed edges. I glued more of the lace across the center making sure to glue the edges securely. I added the ephemera flowers, heart, “hello” and the bird sticker with foam tape. I die-cut the button from one of the yellow “ticket” stickers using a die from the Love From Lizi June 2018 card kit and, added two more die-cut buttons of white card stock to add thickness, tied a bow through the buttonholes with a stripped-down piece of twine, and glued that over the button printed on the ephemera birdhouse. I really like the color palette on this card and the button adds another touch of multi-media!! Vive Bene, Spesso L’amore, Di Risata Molto!

Back to more fussy-cutting! If you give me large florals, I’m automatically drawn to creating dimension with them!

I cut these flowers out from the “you are enough” pattern paper and inked all the edges with Vintage Photo Distress oxide ink. I die cut the sentiment from one of the 3′ x 4″ cut apart sheets (and the black mat behind) using the Hero Arts Tag Frame Infinity die, and ink blended the edges of the sentiment with more Vintage Photo before gluing them both together. I cut the polka-dot pattern paper to 4″ x 5.25″, ink blended the edges with Vintage Photo, and wrapped some twine across the top before gluing that down to the Black card base. I added the framed sentiment with foam tape and glued the flat edge of the flowers directly to the card front and added foam on the cut edges. I managed to slip a little bit of the flower piece behind and above the twine on the top left. Lastly, I added a double bow tied from the same twine, perfectly highlighting the top of the sentiment. I’m not sure why, but I really like this card! Great sentiment!

One more label plate from our ephemera pack caught my eye, and I was really itching to use that big floral sticker!

On the Warm Yellow card base, I stamped the floral stamps and some extra text using Aged Mahogany Distress oxide ink and second-generation stamping. I cut the pattern paper to 2.25″ x 5.5″, matted that to a 2.5″ width of the Embossed Gold specialty card stock and a 2 5/8″ width of the Green Glitter specialty card stock, and glued that stack to the center of the card base. I added small brads to the ephemera label plate, and foam taped that and the flower to the card front. A scattering of sequins adds even more sparkle to this card, and I love that single bloom!

I had my kite paper still sitting on my desk from my small dragonfly, and I wanted to try the BIG dragonfly die too!

Now this feels a little more familiar to me! I took a piece of plain white card stock and dry-embossed on it with the Altenew Fine Frames Cover die. I trimmed that down and printed the sentiment on it using my Silhouette Software and the Noteworthy font. I die-cut the dragonfly from some Black Tie glitter card stock and three flowers from some of the dark pattern paper on the “never forget your amazing” pattern paper. I glued kite paper to the back of the die cuts and trimmed away the excess. I glued the embossed panel to the White card base, added the flowers and dragonfly with foam tape, and added two die-cut glassine leaves for a little extra touch. That glassine paper really lends itself so well to wings and flowers and any stained glass effects you might want to try. I love that his eyes are yellow too!

I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but I have been steering away from the butterflies in this kit. There are a lot of butterflies in this kit, and we just had a whole kit about butterflies two months ago… but, alas, I guess I couldn’t avoid them forever.

I stamped the Altenew Dainty Swiss Dots stamp on the Cherry Red bard base using VersaMark ink and embossed that with LFL Golden Crown Embossing powder. I cut these three butterflies from their patten paper at 2.25″ x 4.75″ and, using my X-acto knife, fussy-cut their wings (but not their bodies!). I glued that to the Embossed Gold specialty card stock cut to 2.5″ x 5″ and glued those to the left of the card front. I fussy-cut the sentiment from the 3″ x 4″ cut apart panel that said “you are loved you are enough” and glued them to super thin mats of Gold and mounted them with foam tape. I did add little spots of foam tape behind the butterfly wings to make sure they kept their dimension. I love seeing the gold behind the butterflies and at the right angle, it looks like those wings are outlined with gold!

Now, I haven’t used any of the 4″ x 4″ panels from that particular cut apart sheet, so thought I would share the card box that I first created from a single sheet of 12″ x 12″ pattern paper back in my LFL April 2020 kit video. I was mostly interested in creating a box that had the center cut apart panel perfectly front and center on the box itself.

Score one side of your 12″ x 12″ pattern paper at 2 3/4′, 3 3/4″, 8 1/4″, 9 1/4″. Rotate your paper 90 degrees and score the other way at 2 1/8″, 3 1/8″, 8 7/8″, 9 7/8″. I guess the easiest way to illustrate this is to illustrate it!

If you have pattern paper with a special image in the center, this is the perfect way to highlight the center of your pattern paper. Once you score, cut, and fold your card stock, it’s fairly simple to assemble – I tend to leave the extra tabs on the bottom for a sturdier base but you could cut some of those away. And you can trim your top flap to tuck into the back, or you can leave it whole for a simple fold-over closure. I think this is one of the greatest uses for some of that 12″ x 12″ pattern paper that’s always cluttering up our storage bins!

This is a front and back view of the A2 card box I made with the 4×4 cut apart sheet from this kit. Instead of loading this with cards, I had a great idea to fill it full of everything you need to make your own set of cards – kind of a mini kit!

I managed to get a lot of card making paraphernalia in this little box – we have 5 white glimmer card bases with matching envelopes, all sorts of pattern paper in assorted shapes from 4.25″ x 5.5″ down to .5″ x 5.5″. There are also six of the 3″ x 4″ can apart panels, three squares of the 2″ x 2″ cut apart sheet, a small batch of stickers, six sheets of glue dots and one sheet of foam tape and even an embellishment bag with twine, lace, some butterfly ribbon, ephemera, one paper flower and a small bag of sequins. Plenty of items to make your own set of cards! I think I know a few people who would get a kick out of receiving a gift like this! What do you think? Would a little mini kit like this catch your eye?

That wraps up my adventures with the Love From Lizi July 2021 Card Kit! 10 cards and a mini-kit!

A really nice collection of “multi-media” cards this month. Like and Love cards, Thank You cards and a number of encouragement cards. I did use almost every stamp in this set, but I missed a couple of the small sentiment stamps, and between the cards and the mini-kit I used up almost everything in this kit! I still have enough cut apart sheets and pattern paper to add to my stash. I did use 4 of the dies, and lots of the embellishments, but I didn’t get to the paper flowers (I thought they were a little large for these designs) and I avoided the butterfly ribbon just on principal!

This kit is still available at Love From Lizi – if I’ve managed to capture your imagination or given you an idea or two, please use my links when you do go shopping with Lizi! It truly helps support this channel and all of my efforts, and is always greatly appreciated! Thanks!

Love From Lizi July 2021 “Summer Botany” Card Kit: https://shrsl.com/31jcx

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UnBoxing! • Love From Lizi • July 2021 Card Kit

Hello Folks! Scott here unboxing the NEW Love From Lizi July 2021 Card Kit! Summer Botany is the theme this month and this kit is chock-a-block full of lovely florals and botanically oriented labeling. Looks like Fun!

Our kits come in a large 12″ x12″ box this month which usually means we’re getting some cut apart sheets and stickers!

We begin with our card stock. 5 sheets of 8.5″ x 11″ card stock in Super Smooth (alcohol-friendly) White, Black, Warm Yellow, Teal, and Cherry (Merlot) Red. We are treated to some bona-fide specialty card stock this month as well! Two half-sheets in Green Glitter and a Linen Embossed Gold. I always love getting some specialty card stock in our kits!

Here comes our 12″ x12″ double-sided cut apart sheets! 2″x2″ blocks on the front of this one with lots of small images and simple sentiments, and the back sports a flower and butterfly pattern on a pink background. Very summer-y!

Our second sheet features 4″ x 4″ blocks with more florals butterflies and sentiments and the reverse has this kaleidoscope of butterflies. SO many butterflies, it’s almost a plague!

And our last cut apart sheet has 3″ x 4″ blocks (perfect for a card all on their own) and a more subtle pattern on the back.

Here we have our sticker sheet! These are nice, thick stickers with some truly lovely images and assorted sizes of sentiments and words. I really like all the ticket stickers too!

We are treated to 12 sheets of 6″ x 8″ double-sided pattern papers in our kit this month. One side features larger, almost full size sentiments and layouts, while the back sides are more subtle and simple patterns, There’s also two sheets with more 3″ x 4″ cut apart blocks – in case you didn’t get enough with the 12″ x 12″ cut apart sheets!

The Summer Botany stamp set features a wide variety of text stamps along with some florals and scientific labels. Lizy kept referencing multi-media in her unboxing, and there are a few stamps here that give a jump-start to some multi-media crafting. Our peel offs this month are Mink Mini Circles – a nice alternative to Pin Stripe peel offs!

That brings up to our Embellishment bag! To begin with we get this lovely 10″ piece of lace – more multi-media! The Summer Botany sequin mix has Red, Gold, Pink, Peach and Oyster sequins in assorted sizes. We get three paper flowers that are quite sturdy with little pearl centers, and a meter long piece of butterfly print canvas ribbon and four different twines with some twisted gold in two of them. There’s a large set of dies this month with a detailed Dragonfly, Flower and a BIG Butterfly along with silhouette dies of the same, and a leaf and small circle to round out the set.

And we get about 50 ephemera pieces! Some lovely, large florals, sentiment medallions, butterflies, hearts, banners, and even some more ticket icons. A great big pack of ephemera to include with this whole multi-media kit!!

I did get the Add-on peel off bundles! The Pin Stripe bundle includes Mink, Back, Gold Moondust and Teal, and the Variety Bundle has Racing Green Mini Circles, Lemon Glitter Straight, Red Mini Hearts and a Sky Blue Sway. Peel offs should come in handy when creating some multi-media cards!

This month I also got the Summer Botany Pearlescent card stock bundle. Six sheets of 8.5″ x 11″ card stock in Warm Gold, Platinum, Ivory, Black, Chocolate and Cherry Red. LOVE that red!!

I think I’ll really make an effort to do some multi-media cards with this kit! Push my comfort zone a little bit and see what I can come up with! This kit is currently available at Love From Lizi. These sets usually sell out fast so if something has captured your imagination, I’d grab a kit for yourself as soon as possible. Subscribers have through 27th of June to add any items to your order for no extra shipping. If you do go shopping with Lizi, please use my links! It helps support this channel and I am always truly grateful!

Love From Lizi July 2021 Summer Botany Card Kit: https://shrsl.com/31jcx

Love From Lizi July 2021 Release and add-ons: https://shrsl.com/31jnb

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10 Cards 1 Kit • My Monthly Hero • June 2021 Kit

Hello Folks! Scott here with my 10 cards inspired by the My Monthly Hero June 2021 Kit. Sorry I’m a little late this month… I got called to Grand Jury Duty on the 8th and it’s so hard to feel creative after 8 full days of crime and mayhem…! One more day to go, and I’ll have fulfilled my civic duty for another four years! Now back to MMH!

This month we are celebrating birthdays with adorable cats and dogs, who are partying it up at a birthday soiree. Our 6″ x 8″ stamp set includes four puppies and four kittens in various poses along with balloons, birthday cake, a gift and six pun-y sentiments. We get a set of 17 coordinating frame cuts for die-cutting all the images, as well as a Light Mint Dye ink cube, a Sparkle Lacquer pen, and a pack of round Clay Sprinkles. Should be enough here for LOTS of Birthday Parties!

I recently got some Stonehenge White card stock (recommended for colored pencils by Sandy Allnock) and figured I’d use my colored pencils and give this new card stock a try. I stamped all the images using HA Intense Black ink on some Stonehenge White card stock and got out my Prismacolor colored pencils and just started coloring. I find this is a great way to gin up some inspiration without any pressure to make any cards.

I’m quite impressed with this Stonehenge White card stock! It seems to just grab the color from your colored pencils and has a really nice texture that feels kind of furry on these cute critters. I like that the animals aren’t detailed very much – you can make them look like most any puppy or kitten. Maybe the card recipients pet?! Of course, I also die-cut all of the images too!

Though I don’t do it very often, I really like these colored and die-cut images placed on top of the stamp set. Really brings the stamp set to life! Okay… let’s make some cards… How about a slimline card to kick us off?

My first card is a standard slimline card – 8.5″ x 3.5″ (card stock cut to 7″ x 8.5″) The background (3″ x 8″) is ink blended using a MFT Cloud Edges stencil and HA Splash reactive ink, matted on a thin mat (8 1/8″ x 3 1/8″) of Hero Hues Mist card stock and then down to a Neenah 110# Solar White card base. I stamped the sentiment with Splash ink and embossed it with some clear embossing powder. Then I attached the animals and the balloons together and mounted them with foam tape. When I combine die-cut images together, I like to trim away the white border where the images overlap. Then the white border frames the entire collage and makes the whole assemblage appear seamless. I figured the pup with both arms in the air was perfect for hanging on to the kitten’s leg. This really fills up a slimline card!

This kit is leaning heavily on the Birthday theme so let’s roll with it. I always need Birthday cards in my stash!

I love this little kitten serving up a slice of cake! And a slice of rainbow cake is certainly recognizable and very trendy! On a Neenah 110# card base, I ink blended some HA Lemon Drop reactive ink very lightly just above the middle of the card. I stamped the sentiment using Intense Black ink and embossed it with Clear embossing powder. I combined the two images together taking care to trim away the excess white border on the cake plate, and added them to the card front with foam tape. A few of the Round Clay sprinkles adds to the party atmosphere, and I don’t even mind the false pun! I do think I would be hard pressed to use this sentiment with one of the puppies – Cats have whiskers, dogs don’t!

And the kitten sitting up and licking her paw? She must have gotten into the cake!

Using the Hero Arts Infinity Circle dies, I die-cut three circles from red, yellow and blue card stock from my stash. I glued those the the front of another Neenah 110# card base, stamped the sentiment using Candied Apple Distress Oxide ink and clear embossed that. I glued the cake, party hat and balloon string flat to the yellow circle, and added the kitten with foam tape. I don’t mind the border on these images since they are layered and not necessarily interacting with each other. I added foam tape behind the balloon itself, and more Round Clay Sprinkles to add to the party. I did take the Sparkle Lacquer pen and added a nice touch of shiny sparkle to the balloon itself. Tons of sparkle in that lacquer! Looks kind of amazing in real life! And the kitten has a touch of purple icing on her left paw… YUM!

I thought these two puppy stamps were absolutely the most adorable critters in this set.

Continuing with my colored pencil practice, I colored a bit of a background for these pups on a piece of Stonehenge card stock die-cut with a Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangle die. I stamped and embossed the sentiment with Splash ink, added a thin plaid mat (Lawn Fawn Gotta Have Gingham Petite paper pad) and glued this to a Neenah 110# card base. I added the pups with foam tape and I think this is such a cheerful greeting card that any recipient couldn’t stifle a smile!

We have more pun-y sentiments in this set and these two critters are looking at each other in the stamp set so it only seemed natural to use them together for this card.

The background is a piece of Staples Grey card stock stamped with a Carta Bella Designer Diamond A2 stamp using HA Sea Salt Reactive ink. I thought that was a nice suggestion of a chain link fence..! When that dried, I die cut it with another LFSRdie, added a black mat, and glued those to a Neenah card base. I stamped another pup on more Stonehenge card stock, and colored him to go along with the siamese, and die-cut him out. I mounted the pup and the kitten with foam tape, and added a white heart brad between them. YES! that heart brad is actually white! But the grey/white background makes it look grey… very interesting optical illusion! These two look like they’ll be life-long friends!

I started wondering if one of these small pets could wreak a true birthday disaster, and what would that look like?

I’m not sure if kittens have a sweet tooth, but this one certainly does! Quite a mess! I stamped a new kitten and three birthday cakes on Neenah 80# card stock and die-cut them out. I chopped up the cakes and created this mess using some darts to suggest a collapse, and created some extra pieces as well. I was careful to extinguish the flames on the candles less we burn the house down, and this kitty looks totally pleased with herself! I colored these with my Spectrum Noir alcohol markers and tried to keep the border consistent around the cake.

I cut a piece of Gingham pattern paper to 2.25″ x 5.5″ and used markers to create a surface for the mayhem. I glued that to a Neenah 110# card base and lined the edges with some Love From Lizi Clear Glitter peel offs. I stamped and embossed the sentiment (I couldn’t come up with a petter pun…!) and glued the cake and kitty to the card front – I did add an extra piece of card stock to the back of the images for a tiny bit of dimension. A few Round Clay Sprinkles desperately try to keep the party going, but the festivities seem unsalvageable to me! This one gives me giggles!

We’ve got two paw print stamps in this set… I couldn’t help but think of this classic sympathetic phrase.

I thought the arch of rainbow paw prints was a nice nod to the rainbow bridge our pets pass over, and the sparkle lacquer prints felt like an absence to me. A very sweet pet sympathy card! I stamped the prints in Grape Slush, Blue Hawaii, Green Apple, Lemon Drop, Creamsicle, and Fruit Punch Reactive inks, and the outlines in Intense Black ink and I filled those with the Glitter lacquer. I printed the sentiment on the panel using my Silhouette software and an old clip-art phrase. I die-cut the stamped panel with a HA Rounded Rectangle infinity die and added a thin black mat and glued both to a white card base. Plain and simple and perfectly attuned to the moment! And I hand-stamped all of this!!

The pup on his back wasn’t giving me any brilliant ideas, but I realized he did have a paw ‘up in the air’, so I thought I’d set him afloat with another balloon. Now, I don’t think I’ve ever made a Mini Slimline card before, so lets try one now!

I can buy it that this pup is floating…! I stamped and colored three more balloons the same as the others, but cut off their stamped strings in favor of some bakers twine strings. I cut the bow away from the present, glued it to the bone and tied a red balloon to that. I attached the other balloon strings to the pups outstretched paw. Instead of clouds, I thought this old watercolor polka-dot pattern paper would work, but the background was white – a little TOO much contrast – so I ink blended Splash Reactive ink over the pattern paper. I cut that to 2.75″ x 5.75″ and added a thin blue mat. The card base was cut at 6″ x 6″ and scored at 3″” to make a Mini Slimline card. I glued the background to the card front, then stamped and embossed the sentiment as regular. I added the pup and balloons with foam tape, and, though you can’t see it in the picture I did add lots of glitter to the balloons with a Spectrum Noir Sparkle pen. I love the bone gift and this card size!

I have to admit that this Mini Slimline card is actually quite adorable – I might like this more than a regular sized Slimline card! However, you can mail a regular Slimline card in a #10 business envelope but this Mini Slimline card doesn’t have a ready-made envelope for it. I know some companies have the correct envelopes for sale, and there are some dies out there for making your own, but I though there must be a way to cut and fold my own Mini Slimline envelope. This is what I came up with:

Cut your pattern paper or card stock to 7″ x 7 3/4″. With the short side (7″) at the top of your score board, score it at 1 7/8″ and 5 1/8″. Turn the longer side to the top and score it at 1/2″ and 6 3/4″. Trim away the squares on the four corners, fold the long sides together and glue at the seam then fold the 1/2″ tab up and secure it for the bottom of the envelope. Perfectly sized for Mini Slimline cards and all you need is a paper cutter and score board!

I cut apart my original colored present for that last card so I needed a card with some gifts on it…

I think this puppy is my favorite stamp in this set! Using some minimal masking, I stamped all the images on some Neenah Solar White 80# card stock and colored them with my alcohol markers. I did partial die-cutting to cut this collage out – three times – two gifts and one pup. Very pleased with that consistent white border! The floor is cut from the same card stock using a Penny Black Wood Floors die, colored with alcohol markers and glued to a white card base. I stamped and embossed the sentiments as usual, added the pup and presents with foam tape and glued a few sprinkles on for good measure! Now THIS is a little touch of mischief I think any puppy would get into!

I really do like those Clay Sprinkles and felt a little obliged to make a shaker card this month. Oh Yes! I also haven’t used the Light Mint ink cube that came in this kit! Let’s remedy that right now!

All of the background here is die-cut using the HA Rectangle Infinity dies. I simply colored card stock with the Light Mint ink cube cut the two frames from that. I die-cut the background panel and the window with the same dies, added acetate behind the window and added a thin mat of the Mint Green. I did cut out the center of the mat to make room for the window. I added a single layer of foam tape on the background (I thought it would be interesting to see the Sprinkles stack up on each other instead of randomly shaking around) added sprinkles and glued a small piece of pattern paper behind the window. I stamped the cake on more Light Mint card stock, die-cut it out, and colored it with White and Gold gel pens. I glued the cake to the bottom of the window, and printed this sentiment on a scrap of white card stock using my Silhouette software and the Times New Roman font. Look at all that minty goodness! I really like the ‘stacked’ sprinkles and the cake stamp is super useful. Happy Birthday!

And that’s my 10 cards using the My Monthy Hero June 2021 Kit. I do believe this is my first stamp set with cute puppies and kittens – always handy to have in your stash!

Lots of Birthday Cards this month, but we also have a nice encouragement card, a pet sympathy card and a terrifically cheerful hello card! You can use those balloon stamps on so many cards, the cake is a handy stamp to have on hand, and those puppies and kittens are adorable. I actually missed using the fish bone stamp – though I colored and die-cut it, I think I just forgot about using it! So I ALMOST used every stamp in this kit! This is a totally cute group of cards though, and it’s always a good thing to keep my Birthday card stash stocked up!

This kit is still available at Hero Arts, if you’re looking to supplement you stash with some cute kittens and puppies I would grab a kit for yourself right away! My Monthly Hero kits are always a great value! If you do go shopping at Hero Arts, please use my links – that helps support this channel and is always truly appreciated!

My Monthly Hero June 2021 Kit: https://shrsl.com/30hjc

Hero Arts: https://shrsl.com/1f7qx

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10 Cards 1 Kit • Love From Lizi • June 2021 Card Kit

Hello Folks! Scott here with my 10 cards inspired by the Love From Lizi June 2021 “Tropical Escape” Card Kit. If you’d like to see details of all the goodness in this kit, I do have an unboxing posted just prior to this. Let’s get Tropical!

As I usually do, I did take the colored card stock in the kit and cut them all in half to make my 10 card bases. I did swap out Lizi’s alcohol-friendly White for some plain White of my own. Kind of an eye-popping color palette this month!

I did stamp the toucan, the monstera leaf, the hibiscus bloom, the bunch of bananas, and the pineapple on a piece of Bristol Smooth card stock with VersaFine Onyx Black ink, and colored them all with my Zig Clean Color markers. All of those stamps have coordinating dies in this kit, so I went ahead and cut them all out. Let’s start with that toucan.

The sentiments in this stamp kit are all toucan puns this month. I trimmed down the leafy pattern paper to 3.25″ x 4.5″ and glued that to a thin black glitter mat and down to the Dark Forest Green card base. I made made a ‘partial frame” around that with some of the Racing Green Straight peel offs from the Assorted peel off bundle this month. I die-cut a scrap of white card stock with a GinaK/Thermoweb Oval die and cut another black glitter mat for that. I stamped some of the foliage stamps from our stamp set on the white oval with VersaMark ink, and embossed them with Love From Lizi Forest Green embossing powder. I finished the oval with the sentiment stamped in Onyx Black ink and embossed with Clear powder. I glued the two ovals together and glued them down to the card front.

Since I colored the toucan fairly realistically with black, I did add some definition back to the image with a white gel pen, and added some sparkle to the black feathers with a Spectrum Noir Sparkle pen. I added the toucan with some foam tape and finished this card out with some sequins. You know I love a pun, and I guess Lizi couldn’t resist this month either. I do wish he was on a branch or a perch or something…

Though we have some bright yellow card stock, I wasn’t sure what to do with the bunch of bananas stamp in this set. Naturally, they’re a tropical fruit, but there is little yellow pattern paper and no other bananas in this whole kit…

Left to my own devices, this is what I came up with! A really cheerful, simple, yellow, pun-y Thank You card! I printed the “a bunch!” sentiment on a White card base using my Silhouette Software and the Brady Bunch Remastered font. This is the Lawn Fawn Scripty Thanks die – I took some Yellow card Stock from my stash, and ink blended a little Wild Honey Distress Oxide ink for a little ombre effect, and die-cut the sentiment, I cut two more from the same yellow card stock (no ombre) and glued all three layers together to make this dimensional sentiment.

I softly blended some Squeezed Lemonade Distress Oxide ink behind where the bananas were going to go, glued the sentiment in place and used foam tape to attach the bananas. A few of the yellow crystals adds a bit of sparkle. You know how much I love my white space, and I really love the ombre on the die cut.

We got a selective few card toppers and ephemera pieces this month, along with a fun sheet of rub-ons. I see a couple of hexagons… and didn’t we get some hexagon dies in the Love From Lizi March 2018 Card Kit?

A Hot pink Bon Voyage card! To start with, I embossed the Cerise Pink card base using the Altenew Dainty Swiss Dots background stamp, VersaMark ink and Love From Lizi Peony Purple embossing Powder. I attached the hexagon rub-on to a scrap of White card stock and trimmed a thin White mat around the rub-on. I added a thin White mat behind the hexagon card topper, and die-cut the pink floral pattern paper with the largest hexagon die from the LFL March ’18 kit, and added a thin White mat behind that as well.

I stamped another hibiscus bloom, colored it with my Zig markers and die-cut it to go along with my original bloom. I added both blooms over the printed hibiscus on the card topper – pink for pink and orange for orange. That added a nice touch of dimension to the topper, and brightened up the arrangement. I stamped “Adventure Awaits” (from the LFL April ’19 Bon Voyage stamp set) on the pink hexagon with Onyx Black ink and embossed it with some clear embossing powder. I mounted the three hexagons to the card front with foam tape and added pink sequins for more shine. This is definitely a PINK card! It’s hard to avoid that when you have such a bright pink card base..!

And then we have the lemons. One sheet of pattern paper features lemons, and we have one ephemera piece with two lemons, but there are no other lemons in this kit. Trying to avoid the whole “if life gives you lemons” routine, I came up with an unconventional yellow Valentines card!

I die-cut the lemon pattern paper with a Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangle Die, added a Dark Green mat from my stash, and glued those to the Bright Yellow card base. I die-cut a circle from the same Dark Green card stock using a HA Circle Infinity die, attached that to the card front with foam tape and added the lemon ephemera piece on top. I printed this sentiment on a scrap of yellow card stock from my stash, using the same Brady Bunch font, die-cut the sentiment with another LFSRdie and mounted that to the card front with more foam tape.

Saying “pucker up” doesn’t quite make this a Valentine, so I stamped the Lips (from the LFL August ’17 kit) and the sentiment (from the HA January ’19 kit) with Candied Apple Distress Oxide ink and embossed both with Clear embossing powder. Nice wet, juicy lips! I don’t think I’ve seen many Yellow Valentines, and this one is very playful and unexpected!

At first I didn’t think I would use many of the card toppers, until I realized that there were some toppers with matching pattern papers – might as well pair them up!

The background is the flamingo pattern paper cut to 3.5″ x 5.5″ and glued to the center of the Zesty Orange card base. When I couldn’t find any plain yellow peel offs, I remembered the White peel offs, and colored a pair of them with a yellow Spectrum Noir alcohol marker – perfect! Any color you need! One of my HA Circle infinity dies was fractionally larger than the card topper so I die-cut a Dark Green circle and glued it behind the topper for a super-thin mat. I die-cut the Happy Birthday (from the add-on die set) using Yellow card stock in my stash, and die-cut the shadow from some thick vellum. I added some sparkle to the words with my Spectrum Noir Sparkle pen, and glued them to the vellum shadows.

I printed this sentiment (more Brady Bunch font) on more yellow card stock from my stash, and die-cut it with a Lawn Fawn Everyday Sentiment Banners die. I glued the die cut sentiment directly to the card front, and added the topper and the sentiment banner with foam tape. I colored the wood-veneer flamingo with a Pink Zig marker, added Sparkle pen on top, and glued that to the topper along with some more pink sequins for extra bling! Cute little pun here – I have a friend in Minneapolis who is madly into flamingos – a perfect Birthday card for her!

We do have one more card topper with it’s own matching pattern paper – who can resist?

This one makes me giggle! Perfect pun, and another Super-Pink card! I die-cut the two pattern papers with a LFSRdie (3.75″ x 5″), cut the pink one in half diagonally, and glued that atop the parrot pattern paper. I added a thin Dark Green mat and a Pink peel off and glued those to the Cerise Pink card base. The card topper is added to the card front with foam tape. I created this sentiment using my Silhouette Software, the Noteworthy font, and a banner pattern – I cut four background pieces in a darker Pink and two sentiment pieces on some lighter Pink card stock. I glued all the layers together for a very dimensional sentiment, and glued that down to the card front. A few Pink gems add a little more sparkle… and theses Bright Pink Parrots are certainly macaw-some!

I was really itching to use that colorful geometric retro pattern paper, but couldn’t decide just how to use it. Maybe if I colored a bunch of the hibiscus blooms in matching colors…

That works! These blooms are stamped on Bristol Smooth card stock with VersaFIne Onyx Black ink, colored with my Zig markers and die-cut with the matching die. I did my best to match the colors on the pattern paper which I cut to 2″ x 5.5″ and matted on a piece of the Dark Green pattern paper cut to 3″ x 5.5″. I glued those to a White card base, and mounted the blooms with foam tape. I die-cut the “Hello” letters from our die set in more of my Dark Green card stock, and cut the shadow from a scrap of White Card stock. I glued those together and down to the card front. Some of the Clear Gold Mirror pin stripes from the kit line the edges of the green pattern paper and add a nice golden shine!

And I couldn’t resist adding this silly pun on the inside of this card. I printed this directly on the card base using my Silhouette Software and the Brady Bunch Remastered font. Silly but sweet!

Puns, Puns and more Puns! How about a double-pun? I knew I was going to be reverse stamping that toucan sometime!

I reverse stamped the toucan using my silicon mat and Onyx Black ink – here’s my reverse stamping technique:

I colored these toucans with my Zig markers and went for a less-realistic, more bright and colorful version this time. The regular stamping is all warm colors, the reverse stamp is all cool colors – fun! Once the toucans were colored, I did take the time to fussy cut them out. I came up with this great background stamping using all the foliage (no monstera leaf) and small flowers from our stamp set. That is stamped twice across the top and once across the bottom with VersaMark ink and all embossed with more LFL Forest Green embossing powder.

I stamped the sentiment with VersaFine Onyx Black ink and embossed it with clear embossing powder. I wish these sentiment stamps were just a little bit bigger – the scripty “Toucan” becomes a little hard to read at this size. I added the toucans with foam tape and we have a double pun – Toucan achieve anything = You can achieve anything OR Two can achieve anything! HA! I think the leafy background stamping at least suggests perches for our birds… and the unconventional coloring is really a blast! Definitely right in line with the colorway of this kit!

I like the leafy background a great deal and thought I’d use it on another card – maybe some Gold on that Dark Green?

I stamped the foliage directly on the Dark Forest Green card base using VersaMark ink and embossed it with the LFL Golden Crown embossing powder – really sharp! I added a piece of the Green ribbon and two peel offs to the left of the stamping for a nice edging on the card front. I stamped, colored and die-cut two more pineapple and added them to the right of the stamping with foam tape.

I die-cut the “Love” and “you” letters (from the add-on die set) from some gold card stock and their shadows from more Dark Green card stock from my stash – no extra layers here – just the gold letters glued to the green shadow. I ended up simply writing the rest of the sentiment with an extra-fine point Gold Sharpie and die cut that with my LF banners die. I attached both parts of the sentiment with foam tape, and some of the gold gems for even more sparkle! Perfect! I think this qualifies as some kind of pun…! Yes?

It seems I just can’t get away from the toucan puns this month… I thought of this one early on, and decided to try it!

Here we have reverse stamping AND masking to get these two birdies to snuggle up nice and close to each other! All stamped on Bristol Smooth card stock with VersaFine Onyx Black ink and colored (more traditionally) with my Zig markers. I also added some extra definition with a white gel pen – especially among the black feathers. I printed this sentiment (does anyone remember this song from the early 70’s? – it was a BIG hit by the band Climax (I remember the song but not the band!)) using the Henny Penny font and die-cut the panel with a LFSRdie and added a thin black mat before gluing both to the Bright Yellow card base.

I did take the time to stamp some extra toucan feet along with the monstera leaf to create a perch for our birds on this card. Yes, I fussy cut the feet and leaves and glued them in position on the birds. That’s a really nice touch of green and a suitable grounding for our toucans. This would make a great anniversary card for a couple with any number of kids… or anybody who just can’t find enough hours in the day. Love this song! “And if I can’t find my way back home…”

That completes my 10 cards using the Love From Lizi June 2021 Tropical Escape Card Kit. Bright and colorful across the board. Taken all together, these cards don’t feel too awfully pink, but they are certainly bright and cheerful!

I managed to use every stamp in this stamp set except for the “Don’t ever feel you can’t, Toucan!” sentiment – I just couldn’t come around to that sentiment. I used 8 of the 12 pattern papers (more than my usual!) and a little bit of all the toppers, ephemera pieces, and embellishments. I didn’t get to the chipboard frames, but I think I used most everything else at least once! Here we have a number of encouragement cards, some love cards, a thank you card, Bon Voyage, Happy Birthday, a wide variety!

This kit is still available at Love From Lizi! If I have managed to catch your eye or you’ve seen something here that you like, I would grab a kit for yourself right away. If you do go shopping with Lizi, please use my links – It helps support this channel and is always supremely appreciated!

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UnBoxing! • Love From Lizi • June 2021 Card Kit

Hello Folks! Scott here showing off the New Love From Lizi June 2021 Card Kit! Tropical Escape is the theme this month!

Quite a bight color palette this month…! Plenty of bright pink to play with! At least it’s kinda HOT pink!

Our five sheets of 8.5″ x 11″ card stock sets the tone with a Zesty Orange, Cerise Pink, Bright Yellow, Dark Forrest Green and a sheet of LFL super-smooth alcohol-friendly White. Our Pin Stripe peel off sheet is a new Clear Gold Mirror style that is basically clear peel offs outlined with gold – you kind of get 2 pin stripes for each peel off!

I’m thrilled we get 8″ x 8″ pattern paper this month! You can usually get a few uses from each sheet! Very Tropical! From Pink Parrots and Flamingos, to lemons, tigers and fun retro patterns – almost hurts my eyes!

The 4″ x 6″ Tropical Escape stamp set features a large Toucan, a bunch of bananas a pineapple, lots of greenery with palms and banana leaves and a hibiscus flower! Some time flower stamps and three pun-y sentiments rounds out this set. Our matching dies will cut out the main images in our stamp set, and includes a nice, large Hello sentiment die – not just the letters, but a shadow die as well! I think shadow dies make die-cut sentiments so much easier to work with!

In our main bag we also have our spool of 5 satin ribbons – 1 meter length of each and all repeating the bright palette of this kit. There is also this sheet of RUB-ONS in the main bag! I love it when Lizi gives us something new to play with! The rest of this treasure is in our Embellishment bag – a popsicle stick (for burnishing the rub-ons to your card stock); 5 wood-veneer die cuts with a TINY flamingo; a great pack of self-adhesive gems (98!) in assorted sizes and colors. I really like gems this small! Then there are four ephemera pieces of tropical icons followed by four large ‘card toppers’ – almost like something from a cut-apart sheet! The Tropical Escape sample Sequin mix has Green, Gold, Pink, Black and White sequins in assorted sizes, and we also get two chip-board polaroid frames with the same retro pattern on one of our pattern papers. That’s all the goodies in the Love From Lizi June 2021 Tropical Escape Card Kit. I did manage to get a few add-ons this month as well..!

The add-on Tropical Escape Pin Stripe peel off Bundle includes Gold Moondust, Mint Green Moondust, Lilac and White pin stripe sheets. Of course, you can always color the White peel offs with any alcohol marker.! The Tropical Escape Variety peel off Bundle includes Yellow Mini Stars, Black Sway, Mauve Straight, and Racing Green Straight. Love my peel offs!

I am thrilled to get the Sentiment Dies add-on! Six sentiment die-cuts – Happy, Birthday, For, With, Love, and you -that also include a shadow die for each! Love those! I also managed to grab this pack of Gold Foiled Sentiment Toppers with dimensional adhesive on their back. This all feels like a Tropical Cornucopia!

As of posting, this kit is available at Love From Lizi! If you like bright summertime colors and this catches your eye, I recommend grabbing one right away – Lizi’s kits often sell out, and once they’re gone, they’re gone..! When you do go shopping with Lizi, please use my links! It helps support his channel and is truly appreciated!

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My Monthly Hero May 2021 • 10 Cards 1 Kit!

Hello Folks! Scott here with my 10 cards created using the My Monthly Hero May 2021 Kit. We are in for a trip to a coral reef with this kit , featuring some of the most beautiful creatures to inhabit the ocean depths.

Our 8″ x 10″ stamp set features this large coral reef stamp with an assortment of fish, shells, coral, some bubbles and six sentiments. There are also matching frame cuts – even for the large reef stamp, and two ink cubes – Contour ink specially made for “no-line” coloring and an Intensified Black ink cube that is waterproof and alcohol marker friendly too! We are treated to a half-ounce pot of Underwater Glitter embossing powder and 7 sheets of 5.5″ x 8.5″ card stock. 2 sheets of Rose Quartz, 2 sheet of Quartz Pearlescent, and 3 sheets of White card stock with a lined texture. So much tropical goodness to play with this month.

I must apologize for being a little late with my post this month. I have been preoccupied with a fun bit of renovation going on in the craft/office/guest bedroom. Our second bedroom is basically 8′ x 14′ and has always doubled as a guest room by way of a futon – the drop wing desk folds down and the futon folds out.

My dest is on the left and Joel’s desk is on the right with the drop-leaf between us – you can see my green cutting mat on the drop-leaf – that is basically my crafting area. Needless to say, all the cupboards are full… and the white cart at the end of the futon is a recent addition to replace an old set of plastic drawers on wheels that finally collapsed under the load of Too Much Paper! I feel like I’m at a slight disadvantage living in New York City… (craft room wise!) not only do we have limited space, but we live two blocks away from the George Washington Bridge so we get A LOT of dust! I don’t think I could have racks and racks of colorfully filed paper just sitting out in the open. So I’ve always been focused on covered storage for all my supplies. My Silhouette Portrait even has a dust-cover!

For a number of years, I had seen some sideways Murphy Beds that had desks attached to them (when folded up) and have been dreaming about one for oh, so long… I found one I really liked but it was HUGELY expensive, so I kept looking around and finally made the plunge and bought this one! (thank you, COSTCO!!)

So this is my new 6′ 4″ craft desk that just happens to have a bed attached to the back of it! I can really spread out! And everything on the desk can stay there as the bed folds out – it automatically stays level and tucks neatly under the bed! We got rid of the drop-leaf table and filled in that space with a lateral file cabinet – MUCH better use of that space – and it fit perfectly!

This Murphy Bed was quite a bear to assemble as the whole thing has to be carefully leveled, and anchored solidly into the wall. Ultimately, we will add cabinets and drawers to the left and right and across the top of the bed – I found some Ikea cabinets that will fit perfectly, but IKEA seems to be out of everything up and down the entire east coast!! The room feels very different but there is much more floor space without the futon! My desk chair fits the new desk as well and I can roll back and forth and to and fro and grab and go!

You can see the edge of the desk nice and flat, level with the floor snuggled up right under the bed! I’m THRILLED! I’ve been working on getting things set up, figuring out new lighting and where to stash everything – when we get cabinets installed the white cart should disappear. We will keep an eye out for lumber prices to drop back to normal and IKEA to get restocked (sometime..!) and meanwhile all my supplies out in the open are contained in plastic and boxes…!

Interestingly enough, all this reno totally quashed my crafting mojo – I was just not feeling it – and even when I sat down to work I kept fussing about… moving things around and figuring out where this tool can and cannot live and what I want on the desk and what needs to be stored away… I was pleased to finally get things together enough to get this batch of cards completed. It’ll take some time to get used to this new set-up and I’ll save the whole craft-room tour for whenever we complete the cabinets and final storage solutions. Till then, let’s make some cards!

I’m not very well practiced with no-line coloring, so I took the Contour Ink and that coral stamp and started playing.

I stamped the coral on some watercolor card stock using the Contour Ink, and colored this with my Derwent Inktense Watercolor pencils. I’m not sure I would suggest that Contour ink for this image… there is SO MUCH DETAIL on this stamp that some of it gets lost with the no-line coloring. I did add some highlights with a white gel pen too. I used the matching die to cut out the coral, and filled in the white border with an alcohol marker. I stamped the coral again on a piece of Hero Hues Arctic card stock using Blue Hawaii Reactive ink, added a touch of shading with an alcohol marker, and stenciled some water ripples over the whole panel using Splash Reactive ink.

I liked the water ripples and thought my coral was feeling a little flat, so I stenciled some ripples on top of the coral as well! I die cut both pieces with a Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangle die and applied a spray or two of Sheer Shimmer Spritz to the background and the coral. I added a thin black mat behind the background panel and glued that to a White card base. I stamped the sentiment using the Intensified Black ink and added clear embossing powder for more shine. Finally, I mounted the coral with foam tape and embellished with some green droplets from the MMH March 2019 kit. I’m always searching for easy ways to add some depth to my underwater cards – no easy task! I think this has some nice dimension and a serene underwater feel..!!

That card was time consuming with LOTS of coloring and fiddling… I wanted something very easy after that…!

If this doesn’t scream Marlin and Nemo! The large clownfish is one of the only two fish stamps looking to the right in this stamp set…

When I was rearranging the office, I ran across these old Darice Easy Frames that you used along with embossing folders to leave an un-embossed area for sentiments or decoration. I realized these were perfect to use as masking to ink blend a specific area on a card front. I taped the square opening template to the front of a White card base and ink blended Splash Reactive ink through the opening – that’s a FAST MASK!! Before I removed the mask I splattered some sparkle over the ink using my Spectrum Noir Sparkle pen and the edge of an acrylic block.

I masked off the bottom edge of the square with some post-it tape and stamped the single coral on the bottom using Blue Hawaii ink. I stamped the bubbles using the same ink and added dots of the Splash ink around the square, using disposable micro applicators and added small white dots with a gel pen. That softened up the edge of the square and camouflaged the not quite sharp edge of the ink blending. I stamped the fish on some Bristol Smooth card stock using the Intense Black ink and colored them with my Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers and die cut them out. I stamped the sentiment with Blue Hawaii ink and embossed it with clear embossing powder. Add the fish using some foam tape and there’s Marlin telling Nemo that he really is fintastic!

I wasn’t going to give up on the coral stamp just yet. Let’s see what happens if we stamp it in Intensified Black to color?

Okay… I think that will work! That big coral stamped on Bristol Smooth card stock with the Intense Black ink, colored with Zig Clean Color markers, die-cut and mounted to this stenciled background – that’s all this stamp needed…!!

On a panel of Hero Hues Nautical card stock, I stenciled in some sunbeams and some dots (SSS Falling Snow stencil) using a light touch of Unicorn White pigment ink. When dry, I sprayed the background with some Sheer Shimmer Spritz and die-cut it with a LFSRdie and glued it to a white card base. I stamped the sentiment using VersaMark ink and embossed it with some White embossing powder and added the coral with foam tape. I used that whole entire coral stamp here – straight up and down that’s 5″ – Now that I’ve conquered that stamp, I never want to color it again! LOL!!

I can’t do an underwater kit and not play with some alcohol inks – what kind of watery backgrounds will emerge..!

This fellow does makes me laugh – he certainly seems Salty!! This would make a great Father’s Day card for a fisherman or even your favorite Grump!! I took my alcohol inks and some Tim Holtz Alcohol Ink card stock and just played around till I was happy with the results – lots and lots of layers here – that’s one way to get some watery depths! While my alcohol inks were drying, I stamped the fish (is this a rock fish?) on some Bristol card stock with the Intense Black ink, colored him with my Zig markers and die-cut him out.

While there was still a touch of tacky to the alcohol inks, I rubbed some silver foil to the sticky parts for some extra shine. I stamped the bubbles using Unicorn White ink and embossing them with clear embossing powder. I die-cut the inked panel with a HA Rounded Rectangle Infinity die, added a thin white mat behind that and glued it to a black card base. I stamped the sentiment using VersaMark ink and white embossing powder, and added two “sway” peel-offs from the Love From Lizi peel off collection to the sides of the card front – nice shine and rather masculine too! I rounded the the right corners with my corner chopper and mounted the fish with foam tape. I love the expression on his face! BTW – this is the only other fish stamp in this set looking right…!

I still have a piece of my alcohol ink background that I can use… I thought this alcohol ink session went very well!

I die cut the leftover background piece with a Tonic Studios Scallop Square Layering die and glued a thin black mat behind that. I cut a piece of this Dark Blue pearlescent card stock to 3′ x 4.25″, positioned the two panels and decided where to stamp the sentiment. It is stamped with VersaMark ink and embossed with SSS Steel Navy embossing powder. The fish are all stamped on Bristol smooth card stock with the intense black ink, and the lion fish is colored with my Zig markers but the other two fish are painted with my pearlescent watercolors – hard to see in a photo but the blue tang and angel fish do sport a hint of reflection. I glued the inked background to the card front and mounted the fish with foam tape and added green and blue droplets for more shine. Not that the alcohol ink needs any help!

One more sentiment in this stamp set – can I come up with another way to use that big coral stamp?

I kind of combined a couple of techniques on this card. I was thinking about the spotlight effect where you only color a shaped portion of a stamp, but I was also thinking of inking a stamp with watercolor markers and just using the stamped outlines as your paint. So I did them both! Interesting, but a little unfocused – I think the spotlight detail has to have much more contrast to really stand out – and you’re not going to get that much contrast just using the outlines as your ink…. I did stamp some Bristol card stock with an old Echo Park Make Waves A2 stamp using Splash Reactive ink, and stamped the coral on top of that using watercolor markers to color the different parts of the stamp. I used clean water to color the coral and background inside the rectangle – not enough contrast – the orange watercolor is overly strong and the purple is shy, but the Splash ink blended nicely.

Instead of adding more color, I just outlined the rectangle with a blue Pigma Micron pen. I stamped the fish and the sentiment with Intensified Black ink, embossed the sentiment with clear embossing powder and colored the clown fish with my Zig markers. I trimmed the painted panel to 3′ x 4″, and added a thin black mat, a thin Arctic mat and a final thin Black mat before glueing all down to the White card stock with the lined texture card base. I used this clown fish a lot – he’s the only fish that is not presented in a plain silhouette – he’s actually looking for something. I think both clown fish in this set will get used a lot over the years! And I need to remember to practice one technique at a time!

We all know seahorses occupy one of the most unique birthing profiles… I can use that!

Father’s day is right around the corner! I printed this sentiment on a white card base using my Silhouette Software and the Noteworthy font. I stamped, colored and die-cut our seahorse as usual, and added him to the card front with foam tape. This is a fun bit of a pun and a terrific Father’s day card!

I had another idea for those Darice Easy Frame Templates so let’s dig those out again!

I taped the Darice oval template to a panel of White card stock, and ink blended Black Soot Distress Oxide ink through the opening. I removed the template and printed this sentiment on the panel using the Raustilla Font. Then I stamped the jellyfish with Unicorn White ink a couple of times and used the same ink to do a little shading under the umbrella cap. Then I stamped the jellyfish once more with VersaMark ink and embossed that with the Underwater Glitter embossing powder. NICE!! I added flotsam around the jellyfish with my white gel pen and Stardust Gelly Roll pen for more sparkles. I like this one a lot – great encouragement card or even a sympathy card!

This next card is quite silly and strictly for grins and giggles. I’d like to dedicate this card to the irrepressible Clara Peller!

Totally fun pun!! A lovely simple giggle for anyone who needs some cheering up! This little guy looks like he actually did lose something important! The sentiment is printed on the card base using the Brady Bunch Remastered font, the clown fish stamped and colored as usual and the bubbles are stamped with the HA Soft Sky ink. This one makes me giggle!!

I found another sly little pun and wanted to use it with this set of cards… I’ve been practicing some watercolor skills…

I watercolored this sunset on the water using Daniel Smith watercolors (dot cards) on some watercolor paper and die cut it out with a LFSRdie. I was originally going to frame this scene with a HA Layering Wood Frame die but decided to go with a couple simple mats instead – a thin white and a thin black mat, and I turned the wood frame into some wood planks. Very Coastal! I printed this fun, slightly pun-y sentiment directly on the card base using the Raustilla Font. I stamped the starfish and scallop shell on Bristol card stock with Intensified Black ink and colored them with Zig markers and die-cut them out. The planks are die cut from some light brown card stock and glued to the edges of the card front. I added the shell and star fish to the corner of the painting with foam tape, and mounted the whole piece to the card front with foam tape as well. A few stars in the sky thanks to a white gel pen, and we have a blissful scene exhorting the benefits of a little time at the beach. If nothing else, those positive ions certainly help!

And Voila! That’s my ten cards inspired by the My Monthly Hero May 2021 Kit. Cards eager to lure you to the beach!

There’s actually a pretty wide variety of cards here, simple and elaborate, splashy or austere, and useful for so many different occasions. My eye is drawn to the top center card – that coral reef stamp has been colored within an inch of its life! That really pays off, but it took too much time to even think about making more than one or two! PHEW! This kit IS still available at Hero Arts (surprisingly). If I’ve managed to spark your imagination or inspired some ideas of your own, I would heartily recommend grabbing a kit for yourself. The MMH Kits are a great value and a terrific way to monitor your craft budget and still get something new every month! If you do go shopping at Hero Arts, please use my links! It helps support this channel, and is truly appreciated more than you can imagine!

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Thank you so much for sharing your time with me today… it is always dearly appreciated! I think we’re at a good holding place as far as the renovations go… I will keep you posted when there are updates! Everything seems to be settling in nicely and I am looking forward to making new things in my new space! If you haven’t subscribed to this site please join us at the top of the page, and remember to Like me, List me, Pin me, Post me, Share me will all your friends, don’t run with scissors… and as always, I wish you and yours Love and Light, Grins and Giggles, and Happy Crafting!

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10 Cards 1 Kit • Love From Lizi • May 2021 Card Kit

Hello Folks! Scott here with my new 10 Cards inspired by the Love From Lizi “Butterfly Wishes” Card Kit. LOTS of butterflies this month with a unique purple and green color palette. As usual, I cut all the colored card stocks in half to make my card bases. I did swap out the super-smooth alcohol-friendly White in the kit for plain White from my stash.

I am not a huge fan of butterflies… now, that doesn’t mean I don’t like butterflies, I just believe they are a little overused in the card making world. I did do a quick inventory of my subscription kit stamp sets and, believe it or not, flowers and butterflies are represented more than any other theme. I guess that shouldn’t be a surprise, but at least you know where I’m coming from. Nonetheless, there are some fun stamps in this kit, so I went ahead and embraced the Lepidoptera!

I’m always thrilled when we are treated to some decoupage sheets in our kits, so that’s where I decided to begin! Remember, the European version of decoupage is layers with dimension… not the American decoupage flat layering.

I really do love those dark purple roses! I used all six layers of this decoupage sheet but I did glue the first two layers flat together. I don’t particularly like dimension between a background and its mat… when viewed from different angles, I think it makes the mat look off center – it’s all about the shadow cast by the background. SO… I did glue the first two layers together but I went ahead and added foam tape between all the other layers. The bottom rose is four layers thick! Seems like plenty of dimension to me! I cut two strips of that great geometric pattern paper and glittered them up with some Sheer Shimmer spray, then glued both to the two sides of our Aubergine card base and trimmed the edges with our Silver Moondust pin stripe peel offs. I’m just trying to keep the glitter from the decoupage piece consistent.

I also don’t really love a “Just For You” sentiment, so after looking at cover-up options, I let the decoupage banner stay and just added a nice “Happy Mother’s Day” stamp. I think that’s the only Mother’s Day stamp I own… from an old (April 2016) My Paper Pumpkin kit. The flowers on the stamp match the small flowers on the decoupage! I fiddled around with some different purple inks to stamp this sentiment, and ultimately decided to stamp this with VersaMark ink and emboss it with Love From Lizi Pastel Purple Party embossing powder. More glitter!! I glued the decoupage piece to the card front and added some silver hearts from the sequin mix, and two of the resin roses beside the banner. Mother’s Day is still a week away and now I have a few options for cards to send out to mom!

I do love Lizi’s decoupage sheets! There’s another one with those dark purple roses – AND a butterfly!

I thought this one was fun because it’s presented to us on the sheet as a diamond and not a square. When I realized the background piece matched up perfectly with this pattern paper, I decided to go square! This decoupage page has three layers and I assembled it normally, except I did glue the body of the butterfly to the background and popped up the wings with foam tape. I cut a square piece of this pattern paper following the lines of the pattern and glued the decoupage piece flat to the pattern paper. I added a small scalloped mat behind that using my Tonic Studios Scalloped Square Layering die and glued the whole assembly to the Lilac card base.

I stamped the sentiment(s) using Hero Arts Grape Juice ink (my darkest purple) and embossed that with some clear embossing powder. I thought the “Get Well Soon” was appropriate for sending someone “Butterfly Wishes”. A couple of iridescent sequins and a purple butterfly sequin adds another touch of shine. I think the square orientation of the decoupage and pattern paper works just as well as a diamond, and I always love squares and circles together!

None of the other decoupage sheets were screaming at me, so I decided to start working with some of the stamps.

You know I love my white space!! I stamped the main butterfly stamp on some LFL super-smooth alcohol-friendly White card stock using my MISTI and VersaFine Onyx Black ink. I left the stamp in position on my MISTI and colored the butterfly with my Spectrum Noir Alcohol markers. I added a number of white dots to the image using a Gelly Roll White pen to resemble a Monarch butterfly. Then I put the colored image back in my MISTI, stamped it again with VersaMark ink, and embossed that with clear embossing powder. That added a nice bit of shine and a tiny touch of dimension! Then I fussy cut the butterfly (yes, the antennae too! (the embossing powder helped!)) and colored the cut edges with a Memento Tuxedo Black Dual marker. Very pleased with that!

I thought that putting this butterfly on a plain White card base wasn’t quite what I was looking for, so I dug around my embossing folders for something appropriate to add some texture to the background. Then I remembered the Rose die in our embellishment bag and came up with this background. I die-cut the rose 12 times from matching White card stock and glued all 12 pieces to my White card base in a repeating pattern. I trimmed all the overhanging edges and was pleasantly surprised with the results! It would have been easier with an embossing folder, but at least this gave me a great reason to use that Rose die!

I stampeded and embossed the sentiment on the same white card stock, and die-cut that out with a Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangle die. I mounted the sentiment and the butterfly to the card front with foam tape, and didn’t add any sequins or embellishment – I thought this butterfly spoke for himself! I think I do like realistic butterfly stamps better than fanciful or fantasy butterflies… I enjoy the challenge of coloring them as accurately as possible!

I was pleased to receive the add-on Butterfly Background stamp this month… I don’t have tons of background stamps so even a butterfly background is a welcome addition to my stash!

But that doesn’t mean I have to USE the background stamp as a background! Using my MISTI again, I stamped the background stamp twice on a panel of Black card stock. I masked off the butterflies I didn’t want, inked the stamp with VersaMark ink, removed the masking, and stamped the selectively inked butterflies on the panel. I embossed all the butterflies with Love From Lizi Silver Glitz embossing powder. This sentiment is from an old Stampin’ Up “Sky is the Limit” stamp set, embossed with the same Silver Glitz powder – great sparkle! I die cut the panel with a LFSRdie, added a thin mat of brushed silver behind that, and glued them both the the Moss Green card base. I tried the Silver Mirror specialty card stock in our kit but the mirror effect was a little too much competition for these little butterflies! I really like how this card turned out! It’s almost the direct opposite of the Monarch card, but both of them are really effective!

There is also a butterfly die in our embellishment bag, and I thought I could create something colorful and not what you might think of with a precisely themed kit like this.

Okay, so I am a totally anal-rententive overly-detailed crazy craftsman, but I really like these rainbow butterflies! I rounded up some rainbow scraps of card stock and my trusty Black Tie glitter card stock and started die-cutting. Three black butterfly outlines and one butterfly each in Purple, Blue, Green, Yellow, Orange and Red. I was very careful not to lose any of the die-cut pieces from the rainbow cut outs. I put a piece of blue painters tape on the back of the Black Tie outlines, and trimmed the edges to match. Then I simply pieced in all the colors – burnishing everything down when complete. SWEET!! I grabbed the “Best Wishes” die from the embellishment bag and cut it 7 times using all the rainbow colors and one Black Tie glitter die cut for the top. I glued those all together for a nice chunky sentiment that matches the butterflies perfectly!

I created this “partial frame” on the Cream card base using the Black Glitter pin stripe peel offs (in this months Variety peel off bundle), and glued everything down to the card front (keeping the butterfly wings free and and slightly folded up). Some of the iridescent sequins from our sequin mix adds more sparkle and a nice sense of movement! You know I like my bright colors and I think this card satisfied my rainbow-junkie needs this month!

Most of our decoupage sheets contain “extras” whether they be different sentiments or even some different images. I believe I mentioned how much I liked this “extra” piece during my unboxing. Let’s make a card with that!

When I was digging through my embossing folders for the Monarch card, I came across this small Sizzix embossing folder that came with my Sizzix Sidekick die cutting machine. There are actually some small roses among that filigree! That should work quite well! I cut a panel of dark Purple card stock from my stash to 2.75″ x 5.5″ and embossed opposite corners with that small folder. I then took my finger dauber reserved for White pigment ink, and, with out adding any more ink to it, lightly brushed that over the embossing to add a little more definition.

The purple rose ribbon caught my eye and I realized how well it complimented the embossing. I glued two strips of the ribbon to the sides of the Lilac card base using my Zyron Sticker maker, and glued the embossed panel on top. I stamped this perfectly tiny sentiment using VersaMark ink and embossed that with Love From Lizi Very Vanilla embossing powder – the background of the rose oval is NOT perfectly white! I added the oval with foam tape and embellished the card front with more iridescent sequins. That’s one way to make a small icon hold focus on a card! Like I said in my unboxing, I really like that single rose oval “extra”!

Let’s get back to our original butterfly stamp in the Butterfly Wishes stamp set. I haven’t used that entire stamp yet…

I stamped this on more LFL alcohol-friendly White card stock using VersaFine Onyx Black ink and embossed the whole stamp with clear embossing powder. In her unboxing, Lizi mentioned that her alcohol-friendly card stock worked with watercolor markers too, so I decided to try that out, and colored the butterfly with my Zig Clean Color markers. NICE! I die cut the circle with a Hero Arts Infinity Circle die, and then ink blended some Grape Juice ink on the background. Never thought of a Purple and Green butterfly before, but I think it works!

I took the long butterfly border stamp and stamped the two edges of the Aubergine card base using VersaMark ink. It’s hard to see in the photo, but reads nicely in real life – a subtle patterning on the sides of the card front. I cut a strip of the silver foil pattern paper to 2 7/16″ (just following the natural dividing line on that pattern paper) x 5.5″ and glued that to the center of the card base. I lined the edges of the pattern paper with more Silver Moondust peel offs from our kit and then die-cut three more circle blanks to glue behind the stamped piece. I inked the edges of the circle with more Grape Juice ink and glued that to the card front. The sentiment is the “extra” from the “Just for You” decoupage sheet and I attached that to the card front with foam tape. The shine from the foiling and the glitter on the sentiment and peel offs provide all the sparkle and shine this card needs!

I also received the add-on Butterfly Wings stamp set this month – a very unique butterfly stamp with flowers for wings!

I stamped that groovy butterfly on more LFL White card stock using VersaFine Onyx Black ink and colored it with my Zig Clean Color markers, and then fussy cut him out. I die-cut the grid pattern paper with a LFSRdie, added a thin white mat behind that, and glued them down to the Moss Green card base. I glued the butterfly body flat to the card front and added foam tape behind the wings. I printed this sentiment on a scrap of White card stock using my Silhouette software and the Fontdinerdotcom Sparkly font. I die-cut the printed sentiment with another LFSRdie and foam taped it to the card front. I added a little sparkle to the butterfly body with my Spectrum Noir Sparkle pen, and a few iridescent sequins for a little extra pop. VERY interesting butterfly stamp – don’t think I’ve seen anything like this before! I love this sentiment too – very encouraging!

Though this card is fairly similar to my Monarch card, they are both quite different in appearance. I really enjoy coloring in almost any medium – I think it’s very therapeutic – and figure that if I’m going to take the time to color a stamp, then I think that stamp should probably be the main focal point on a card. And these are both pretty big butterflies!

I still have to use those “perspective” butterfly stamps in our stamp set, and I found a quote that really spoke to me this month. Yes… I’ll still do some research to help this old brain come up with ideas!

I started this card with the quote laid out in my Silhouette Software, and printed it on another panel of LFL White card stock using the Dream State font for the quote, and the Copperplate font for the name. I laid out the butterfly stamps to help me decide where to die-cut this panel with a LFSRdie. I stamped the butterflies with Onyx Black ink and colored them with my Stabilo Markers – pretty easy stamps to color! I cut the rose pattern paper to 4 1.8″ x 5 3/8″ and glued that to the Ivory card base. I glued the card front to the center and added more sequins for some sparkle and sense of movement. Since these stamps are the same image in different orientations and sizes, it kind of feels like the butterfly is getting closer to us! I don’t usually include such large verses on my cards but this quote felt special to me!

My stash of butterfly puns is running low, but I thought of one more for my last card here. I have been seeing some of these full-frontal shaker cards on the inter-webs recently and decided to try my hand at one.

Actually pretty easy and quite effective! And no fussing around with layers of foam tape! I cut the butterfly pattern paper just slightly smaller than 4.25″ x 5.5″ – just a hair smaller! Then I cut a piece of vellum to 5.25″ x 6.5″ – one inch larger than my card. Then I scored all four sides of the vellum at half an inch with my Score-pal, trimmed the corners away and folded the vellum around the pattern paper to fit. I removed the pattern paper and put Scor-tape on all the edges, and filled the vellum with all the flat sequins from our mix – mostly butterflies and hearts but I think a stray cup sequin found it’s way in here and there. Then I just replaced the pattern paper over the sequins, removed the liner from the Scor-tape, and attached the vellum flaps to the back of the pattern paper. Simply glue the assembly to a card base (White) and you have a full-frontal shaker card – this has a lot of movement and would go through the mail easily.

I printed this pun-y sentiment using the Henny Penny font, and die-cut it with a HA Infinity oval die. I added a purple holographic mat behind the sentiment cut with another oval die, and foam taped them to the card front. Two of the butterfly stickers complete the picture.

I did take the small Happy Birthday sentiment and stamped that on the inside of the card using the Grape Juice ink. That’s a good reason to have a ‘flutterly amazing day’! LOTS of sparkle on this one! It’s been a while since I made a shaker card, and I really enjoyed this version!

That completes my 10 Cards post for the Love From Lizi May 2021 Butterfly Wishes Card Kit. 8 out of 10 of my cards have butterflies…! I may have just out-butterflied myself!! I think I actually achieved a terrific variety of cards!

I used all the card stock for my card bases, but I didn’t use any of the Silver Mirror. I used almost all of our stamps with the exception of the tiny Good Luck and Happy Retirement stamps; I used two of the decoupage sheets along with some “extras”; I used six sheets of pattern paper (no matter how much or little pattern paper we get in our kits, I always seem to use only half!); I used a few peel offs and a little bit of everything in our embellishment bag including 3 of the four dies! I even used the two add-on stamp sets here! A really good assortment of very useful cards! I’m quite pleased! And, Hey! I didn’t even collapse into a bumbling ball of butterfly-inflicted psychoneuroses!!

This kit has sold out already – as with many of Lizi’s kits, this one went very quickly! There are a number of the add-ons still available including the pattern paper pack and the decoupage pack – those would make 10+ cards on their own! If I’ve managed to catch your eye or given you some ideas of your own, here’s a link to Lizi’s May release:

Love From Lizi May 2021 Release: https://shrsl.com/2x78y

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UNBOXING! Love From Lizi • May 2021 Card Kit

Hello Folks! Scott here with a new unboxing for you today! This is the new Love From Lizi May 2021 Card Kit called “Butterfly Wishes” with a kaleidoscope of butterflies and a gorgeous purple and green color palette!

You know me, I’m not particularly enamored with butterflies, but the colors in this kit are enough to whet my creativity.

We actually get SIX sheets of 8.5″ x 11″ card stock with the “specialty” addition of a sheet of Silver Mirror card stock. The other five sheets are Lilac Pink, Ivory, Aubergine Purple, Super Smooth Alcohol friendly White and Moss Green. Loving that dark purple and green…! And a nice sheet of mirror card stock is always welcome!

Here is our Butterfly Wishes Stamp set. This is a 4″ x 6″ clear stamp set featuring Monarch Butterflies in a number of different arrangements. The long border stamp has butterflies facing in all directions so it can be used most anywhere. The large Monarch has a built in background, and the “Butterfly Wishes” sentiment is complimented with an assortment of smaller occasion stamps. Our peel off sheet this month is the Silver Moondust Pin Stripe peel offs. Sparkly without being shiny. I do look forward to coloring that large Monarch!

We get 12 sheets of 6″ x 6″ pattern paper this month, with some glitter and foil accents on some of them, and all featuring that great Lilac / Aubergine / Moss palette. LOVE those dark purple roses!! Not sure which I like better… the Aubergine or the Moss..!?

Her’s the other reason I am happy to live with some butterflies… Decoupage sheets!!! I LOVE it when Lizi includes decoupage sheets in our kits – this is European decoupage – it’s all about dimensional layering – NOT what we think of here in the states as “glue everything down flat” decoupage. Each sheet has the individual layers numbered to help assemble the pieces.

And we get EIGHT of these sheets! Most of the decoupage sheets have butterflies, but not all of them! Again, I love those dark purple roses, and there are lots of “extras” on these sheets as well. I could make 10 cards from these sheets alone..!!

That brings us to our embellishment bag. We get five ribbons (1 meter each) in different widths and a nice canvas-like texture, the Butterfly Wishes Sequin Mix includes Purple and Silver butterflies, Iridescent circles and cupped sequins in a few sizes, and some Silver hearts as well. It’s a treat to get some shaped sequins this month! Next, we have four acetate butterfly stickers with holographic foiling and each sporting two layers for some added dimension. Talking about dimension! These self stick purple resin flowers are quite thick and finely detailed. Lastly, we get this set of four dies. A butterfly (of course) and a very nice rose along with two sentiment dies – “Best Wishes” with a tiny butterfly and a “Have a Lovely Day” tag die (with a couple of tiny butterflies)!

I also received a couple of the add-ons this month including the two peel off bundles and add-on stamp sets!

The Butterfly Wishes Variety Peel Off Bundle includes 1 sheet each of Holographic Sway, Mint Moondust Straight, Mini Hearts in White (can be colored with any permanent (alcohol) marker), and Black Glitter Pin Stipe peel offs. The Butterfly Wishes Pin Stripe peel off Bundle includes a sheet of Purple Holographic, Mauve Moondust, Racing Green, and Clear Iridescent Glitter Pin Stripe peel offs. This is a GREAT assortment of colors and shapes!

And here’s our two 3″ x 4″ add-on Stamp Sets. The Butterfly Wing stamp set features a very interesting butterfly whose wings are composed of roses – you know I won’t be able to resist coloring that one! The Butterfly Background stamp set is a nice kaleidoscope of butterflies perfect for creating your own backgrounds.

That’s everything I received with my Love From Lizi Butterfly Wishes May 2021 Card Kit. Lizi has BUNCHES of add-ons curated to match this kit perfectly, including more dies and an 8″ x 8″ set of matching pattern papers. This kit is now available at Love From Lizi, so if you love butterflies OR purple, I’d grab a kit as soon as possible! Lizi’s kits do tend to sell out – sometimes extremely quickly.

If you are a subscriber, you can add products to your kit without incurring any additional shipping fees. The cut-off date for additions is 9am (British Summer Time) on Wednesday, April 28th. (You might make that the end of the day on the 27th if you live join the states – just to be sure!) If you do go shopping with Lizi, please use my links! It helps support this channel and is appreciated wholeheartedly!

Love From Lizi May 2021 Butterfly Wishes Card Kit: https://shrsl.com/2×792

LFL May 2021 Butterfly Wishes Add-ons and May 2021 release: https://shrsl.com/2x78y

Thank you so much for joining me here today! Your time and attention mean the world to me! I will do my best this month to quash my butterfly aversions and see what this kit inspires me too create! Please remember to Like me, List me, Pin me, Post me, Make me like butterflies, and Happy Crafting (or should that be Flappy Crafting!) Love and Light!