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!

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

Hello Folks! Scott here with a new 10 Cards 1 Kit post featuring the new My Monthly Hero April 2021 Kit! This kit explores the trend of stencil layering, and boasts a large collection of graphic animal stamps and geometrics.

The 6″ x 8″ stamp set in our kit this month features these solid graphic animal stamps and all sorts of mix and match sentiments along with a few flowers and embellishments. Of course we get 16 coordinating frame cuts for each and every shape in our stamp set. We get three Geometric Rotating Stencils in our kit along with three ink cubes in Tangerine, Raspberry Jam, and Grape Juice. As an extra special bonus, we get a new Hero Arts Ink Blending Brush – super soft and packed full of bristles, Hero Arts now sells these premium Blending Brushes in a pack of two different sizes. Lots of possibilities here!

These stencils were designed to create countless unique kaleidoscope-inspired designs by layering and rotating them at any angle. I figured I should explore some of the possibilities presented by these stencils first.

I know a lot of crafters have started using Pixie Spray to coat the back of their stencils with a light tack that helps to hold your stencil securely down to your paper. I have always used just a light coat of my Zig 2 Way Glue pen with the broad tip to coat the back of my stencils… when dry, it becomes sticky and retains that tack through multiple washings. I went ahead and coated the back of all three stencils and let them dry.

I took the Straight Lines stencil and ink blended some Hero Hues Lemon Drop Reactive ink on some plain White card stock (cut to 6.5″ x 6.5″) then I removed the stencil, rotated it 90 degrees to the left, and blended the Tangerine ink through the stencil for the second layer. You could keep going… rotating the stencil and blending in even more (or the same) colors, but I stopped with two layers… Very interesting!

Then I took the Quarter Circle stencil and did the same using the Raspberry Jam and Grape Juice inks included in the kit. I LOVE the graphic nature of this and the colors work brilliantly together!

I also did the same technique with the Assorted Shape stencil using Splash and Blue Hawaii Reactive inks. I think this one really shows off the layering aspect of the stencil and creates a terrifically unique pattern.

These stencils were designed to be used in conjunction with each other; so I stenciled this pattern using Lemon Drop ink through the Quarter Circle stencil, Splash ink through the Assorted Shapes stencil, and Fruit Punch Reactive ink through the Straight Lines stencil. I kept my ink blending fairly light for a soft, springtime feel, and I absolutely LOVE the touches of green where the Lemon Drop and Splash inks overlap. I have to admit I really like all three of these stencils – individually AND all together!!

The Raspberry and Grape stenciled pattern really caught my eye to begin with and that’s where I started with my cards.

I divided my stenciled pattern right down the middle and used the left half for this card. I really like this Quarter Round stencil – since none of the images overlap, it gives you so many trimming options! I glued that panel to the center of a dark purple card base from my stash, and trimmed the edges with some Love From Lizi Purple Mirror pin stripe peel offs. I stamped the bird (and the tiny egg) on a scrap of White card stock using the Raspberry Jam ink and touches of the Grape Juice ink for a little shading, and then die-cut them out using the matching dies.

I stamped the sentiment with the Grape Juice ink and embossed that with some clear embossing powder. I trimmed the sentiment to size, and die-cut a 2″ circle from White card stock using a Hero Arts Circle Infinity die. I glued the circle directly to the card front, and added the bird, egg and sentiment using foam tape. I did add a tiny Nuvo Crystal Drop in Ebony Black to add a little life to our bird, and I rounded the right corners of the card with my corner chomper. I do think laying an egg is pretty damn amazing!! LOL!!

I am always temped to just stamp solid stamps in black… silhouettes are always effective… here it works even better!

A black cat is appropriate, and I think this helps drive home the “solid friend” sentiment! I trimmed down my Straight Lines stenciled pattern to 5.25″ x 4″ and added a thin black mat behind that and glued them to a White card base. I stamped the cat and the sentiments using Hero Arts Intense Black ink and embossed the sentiment for a little shine and texture. I die-cut the cat and trimmed down the sentiment and added both to the card front with foam tape. I also added a little black Nuvo Drop to the eye of the cat. It’s delightful to see these plain block images come to life with the simple addition of a shiny black eye. Looks even better in real life!

On the backer card for this kit, Hero Arts used the Geometric Stencils for decoration, but the side with the Assorted Shapes stencil seems to be sporting a different arrangement of the pattern. Same shapes but in a different pattern.

This is what I got with two layers of the Assorted Shapes stencil . Similar, but not the same! I started fiddling around to see how they got the pattern on the backer card in our kit.

It took a while, but I finally figured out that by cutting the stencil into quarters (following the clear straight lines in the original stenciling) then rotating the four pieces 180 degrees (opposite corners to the center) we get the exact same pattern as the one on the backer card!

So… the backer card is actually four double-layer Assorted Shapes stencils meeting up in the center of the card. It really tickled me to figure this one out! It appears that these stencils could be used to cover much larger areas than just the simple 6″ x 6″ original size – making them all ‘infinity’ stencils if you will. Great for all you scrapbookers out there!

That rounded square in the center was certainly begging to be used as a square card. And who was I to deny that?

I taped the four quarters of my stenciled pattern together in the new arrangement and die-cut the center of the pattern with a 4″ Square Infinity die and glued that down to a 4.25″ x 4.25″ square card base. I like this size of square card because it can be mailed in a standard A2 envelope. I stamped (and reverse stamped) the fish using Hero Hues Creamsicle Reactive ink and a little of the Tangerine ink for some shading.

I stamped the sentiments using the Tangerine ink and embossed both with clear embossing powder. I trimmed down the large sentiment, die-cut the fish with the included frame cuts, and die-cut the smaller sentiment using a Lawn Fawn Everyday Banners die. I mounted all pieces to the card front with foam tape, added some Blue Droplets (from the MMH March 2019 Kit) on the background and some small Orange Glitter Enamel dots for the fish eyes. Truly a delightful Hello card! Love that Blue and Orange!

Now I have that stenciled patten I created using all three of the stencils. The colors are so nice and delicate that this seemed to be the perfect use for that piece.

I die-cut the background with a Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangle die, added a thin mat of Hero Hues Mist card stock and glued those to a White card base. I stamped the sentiment using Fruit Punch Reactive ink, embossed that with clear embossing powder and die-cut it with another LFSRdie. I die-cut another 2″ circle from white card stock and added thin mats of Mist card stock behind that and the sentiment.

I stamped the dragonflies (I really like these stamps) with Lemon Drop and Splash ink, and then used a Brown TomBow marker directly on the stamp to color the bodies. I am using my HA Misti to do all my stamping. I glued the matted circle flat to the card front and added the dragonflies and the sentiment with foam tape. I found some tiny copper gems in my stash (from the Love From Lizi March 2018 Card Kit) and added them to the ends of the dragonflies antenna for a surprise pop of sparkle. I’m loving this card!

Now that uses my four stenciled backgrounds but we have lots of stamps to go! This one makes me giggle..!

HA! I stamped the dog using Hero Arts Sand Stone and Cup O’ Joe ink, and stamped the tree with Key Lime Fizz and Green Apple Reactive inks, stamping the trunk by using a TomBow marker. I die-cut both with their matching Frame Cut dies. I freehand cut the hillside from some Hero Hues Kiwi card stock, and ink blended a little Splash ink directly behind that on the White card base. I stamped the sentiment on the card base with Key Lime Fizz Reactive ink and embossed it with clear embossing powder.

I glued the hill flat to the card base, and added the dog and tree using foam tape. I had to add this little heart (stamped in Fruit Punch Reactive ink) to show our doggie’s appreciation and I added a little sparkle to that with my Spectrum Noir Sparkle pen. Another mini copper gem for the dog’s eye brings him right to life. Though this isn’t a pun… I do think it’s a great light-hearted joke!

The black cat made me think about the possibilities of stamping some of these animals in white. That could work..!?

I stamped the fox and the bunny multiple times on some Hero Hues Pitch Black card stock using Unicorn White ink and die-cut them both with their matching dies. I die-cut three more ‘blanks’ of the bunny and fox and glued them all together for a little added dimension. I trimmed the other half of my Quarter Circles stenciled pattern to 5.25″ x 2.75″ and glued that to a thin black mat and then down to a white card base. I glued a 5/8″ strip of Bazzill 40# Vellum over the bottom row of the background using my Zyron Sticker Maker. I wanted to give our stamps some ground to stand on, but didn’t want to completely obliterate the background.

I lined the top of that velum strip with another Purple Mirror peel off and glued the animals on top of that. I stamped the sentiment on more Pitch Black card stock using Hero Arts Embossing and Watermark ink and embossed that with White Embossing powder. I die-cut that (and three more ‘blanks’) with the LFSRdie, glued them all together, and glued that to my card front. Once again, I added little black Nuvo Drops to the eyes of our animals – still amazed to see how much life that adds to these stamps. I guess it has truly been an unprecedented year if these two “mortal enemies” miss each other too!!

I haven’t used any of the flower stamps yet, and I thought a colorful single-layer card would put them to good use!

I am loving this Birthday card! Using some simple masking, I stamped all our flowers in this fun arrangement using Lemon Drop, Key Lime Fizz, Splash and Fruit Punch Reactive inks. I stamped the Sentiment with the Grape Juice ink and embossed it with clear embossing powder. I stamped the two asterisks in Creamsicle Reactive ink and the star with Lemon Drop ink – I did add some clear embossing powder to the star. Once I had successfully stamped everything, I die-cut this panel with a LFSRdie, added thin mats of dark purple, white and light purple, and glued it to my card base. I dug through my stash of crystals and enamel dots and found a little sparkle for each of the elements on this card.

To tell the truth, it took me four tries to get this all stamped correctly. I was working on this card after a day of being back to work (part-time but oh, so welcome!!) and I was possibly not as focused as I should have been. I did do a trial run of this arrangement – just black ink on some graph paper – so I knew where I wanted everything to go… I guess I was a little distracted (maybe even a little tired) so I literally had to keep reminding myself to remove the masks after inking the stamps. I do think the effort was worth it as I am completely in love with this card, and I think the graphic suggestion of a birthday cake goes along perfectly with the theme of this kit!

If you have followed me for any time at all, you know I am not particularly in love with butterflies on my cards. However… I did think that the butterfly stamp in this kit was quite unique – a bit more more bug-y than beautiful..!

I stamped the butterfly stamp in two-tones using Creamsicle and Lemon Drop, Fruit Punch and Taffy, Key Lime Fizz and Green Apple, Thistle and Grape Slush, and Splash and Blue Hawaii Reactive inks. I also used my TomBow marker to stamp the brown bodies just like I did with the dragonflies. I die-cut all with their matching frame cut die. I printed this perfectly appropriate sentiment directly on the White card base using my Silhouette Software (remember it’s FREE!) and the Colonna MT font. I thought that font was a similar match to the sentiments in this stamp set.

I trimmed the leftover bit of my three-stencil pattern down to 1.75″ x 5.5″ and glued that to the left side of the card base. I did run a clear glitter peel off down the edge of that as well. I attached all the butterflies to the card front using foam tape, and added an assortment of clear sequins and gems for some extra special sparkle! Love it! What a fun Valentine or Anniversary card for anyone in a long term relationship!

I have now used every single stamp in this stamp set – that’s always my goal, and I try to resist adding my own spin on things until I’ve covered all the bases. Though I really love the dragonfly and the bunny stamp, I thought the fox stamp offered a little bit more flexibility than the others.

I stamped the fox on a scrap of White card stock using some Stamping’ Up Calypso Coral (the best reddish-orange dye ink I have in my stash) and went after him with my White Gelly Roll pens and a Pigma Micron black pen. It was fairly easy to add a smallish touch of realism to this solid stamp – I like him! I was inspired to create this background by a pile of thin white card stock strips that had accumulated on my desk from all the mat cutting I had done. I colored half of the strips using Grape Slush ink and the other half using Green Apple ink. I assembled them together on a piece of tape and trimmed down the edges to make a kind of graphic suggestion of a forest.

I printed this sentiment (same font as the butterfly card but in black) directly on the card front and glued the background piece in the center of the card front. I added the fox with some foam tape, and for a final touch, stamped the Happy Birthday sentiment on the inside of the card. You can always make fun of a person’s age on their birthday, but it does become more relevant as we get older (and older and older)! Though this card is poking gentle fun, it’s also kind of a compliment acknowledging that with age comes wisdom… I’m hoping!!!

Are you jonesing for a pun? I know I am! I looked high and low for appropriate puns to use with this kit. This one wins!

This one makes me laugh out loud, and is perfectly attuned to our life and times at the moment! And I LOVE this super-long Dachshund! When I realized that I could make this dog stamp as long as I wanted (it IS a straight line from his head to his tail) I was very excited! I stamped his front on the left of a card panel and his rear to the right of that panel using my MISTI to keep him lined up. Then I used some post-it tape to mask out the area for his body – just match front to back – then I ink blended more Sand Stone and Cup O’ Joe ink to fill in the body. I also used some alcohol markers to help with the blending, but this is much easier than you might have imagined! Also… Dachshunds don’t tend to have spots, so I colored in all the spots on the stamp too. It was also easy to do some partial die-cutting on the two ends, and connect the cuts with a craft knife. I actually hollered with joy when I got him cut out!

I cut the stenciled pattern strips from a drop-shadow experiment I was trying – I stenciled two layers of the Quarter Circles stencil on some Kraft card stock using HA White Unicorn pigment ink. I let that dry thoroughly, and then stenciled over that again using Splash and Blue Hawaii ink and offsetting the stencil just a little bit… it didn’t give me quite as much punch as I thought it would, but it did provide me with the perfect touch to add some more color and pattern to this card. I added thin black masks behind both strips and trimmed them down to 5.5″.

I printed this sentiment on the card front using the Brady Bunch Remastered font, (one of my favorites for humorous cards) and glued the matted pattern strips to the top and bottom, then added our wiener dog with foam tape. Another dot of Nuvo Drops on the eye brings more life to our pooch, and I honestly believe I have never heard this pun before…! This is almost a double pun as well… “long time no see” what with the dog looking at his tail that’s so far away..! This card gives me great joy – I hope you like it too!

So that’s my 10 Cards inspired by the My Monthly Hero April 2021 Kit. A really amusing batch of of very colorful cards!

I did use every single stamp in this stamp set… I used all of the stencils and ink cubes as well! I have a couple of birthday cards and thank you cards… lots of friendship cards and missing you cards and even a Valentine/Anniversary card! Not too shabby! Quite a unique set from hero Arts this month! I’m always thrilled to get the chance to work with something new and different whenever the opportunity presents itself! I hope you like my little collection… let me know which card(s) are your favorite!

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

Hello Folks! Scott here with my 10 cards created with the NEW Love From Lizi April 2021 Card Kit. This is the “Really Dig You” kit with a gardening theme and another cute Eyelash Girl in a pair of wellingtons. Very Springy!

I did make my 10 card bases using the five sheets of card stock included in the kit – swapping out the alcohol-friendly White for some plain White from my stash. At first glance, I wasn’t quite sure which direction this kit was pointing me to, so, I turned to the stamp set for ideas. It seemed to me that the the position of the Eyelash girl’s arms seemed like she could actually be holding the shovel… let’s try that!

A little bit of careful masking and stamping, and sure enough, our Eyelash Girl is holding that shovel perfectly! I stamped the shovel on some LFL alcohol-friendly White card stock using Versafine Onyx Black ink, and stamped it again on some Inkadinkado Stamping Mask paper, cut it out carefully (including the signage) and placed the mask over my stamped image. Then I lined up the Eyelash Girl stamp and stamped her on top of the shovel mask. I stamped and cut out the girl from the Stamping Mask Paper and covered the stamped image with that mask. Then I stamped the shed “behind” her using Hero Arts Sand Stone ink. I went with brown so the shed wouldn’t compete too much with the girl. I stamped the weathervane, watering can and gardening tools with Black Onyx ink to fill out the whole scene.

I colored the shed and ground with Prismacolor colored pencils, and colored our gardener with Spectrum Noir alcohol markers. I ended up re-stamping, coloring and fussy cutting the body of the watering can and the signage on the shovel. Because I didn’t mask off the watering can, I couldn’t obliterate the shed lines, and the shovel signage wasn’t staying as clean and pristine as I wanted. I glued those pieces in place and added some sky and clouds with my alcohol markers.

I trimmed my colored panel to 4″ x 5.25″ and considered stamping the sentiment on the inside of this card. I ended up stamping the sentiment with Onyx Black ink and embossing it with Clear Embossing powder over the top of the shed. I thought that fit nicely there, and think it came out quite readable! I added a thin brown mat behind the colored panel and glued those to the Soft Lemon Yellow card base. For a final touch, I added a Red Glitter Mini Heart over the heart at the end of the sentiment – a tiny touch of sparkle for this outdoor scene… though I do find it a little hard to imagine that anyone would wear a nice frilly dress to work in the garden! Maybe it’s an old dress…!?

Though it wasn’t intended, I used the vast majority of our image stamps on this first card! So I figured I’d play with some of the ephemera pieces now… and see how many of the sentiment stamps I can use!

Here’s the perfect opportunity to use a bunch of our potted plant ephemera and this affectionate sentiment! I cut a scrap of White card stock to 2 3/8″ x 5 1/2″, stamped and embossed the sentiment in the center towards the bottom. I added a piece of pattern paper behind that cut to 2 7/8″ x 5 1/2″ and glued both to the Pink card base. I outlined all of the edges with the Pink/silver Pin Stripe peel offs we got in last months kit. I glued the pots on the sides flat to the card front, added the next two pots with foam tape and mounted the largest pot with two layers of foam tape. A couple of Pink Mini Heart peel offs from the Really Dig You Variety peel off pack highlight the sentiment and match the pin stripe peel offs perfectly! I like the dimension on this card and can imagine a variety of uses for a sentiment like this!

One sentiment really had me scratching my head. “Don’t let things bug you” is a perfectly fine sentiment, but I was having a hard time figuring out how to illustrate that sentiment on a card.

Scattered Hearts Stencil to the rescue! I realized those little hand-drawn hearts would make perfect bugs! I used my HA Sand Stone ink to stencil all the hearts on a panel of White card stock and took a brown Pigma Micron pen to add eyes and legs to all the “hearts” – instant infestation! I even added tiny dots of my Stardust Gel pen to all the “eyes” to give the bugs a touch of life. Once I had “bugged-out” all the hearts I die-cut that panel with a Lawn Fawn Stitched rectangle die. I cut a piece of the scattered hearts patten paper to 3″ x 4.25″, glued that to a White card base and added some of the Petrol Blue Pin Stripe Peel offs to the top and bottom edges.

I mounted the bug panel with foam tape and stamped and embossed the sentiment on a scrap of White card stock. I die-cut the sentiment with a Lawn Fawn Everyday Sentiment Banners die and mounted that to the top with more foam tape. This makes me giggle a lot… certainly not what one would expect to find on a greeting card! Call the Exterminator!

You know I like puns, and we have a nice “thyme” pun with our sentiments… seems we only have one item in this kit actually alluding to thyme… or any herbs as the case may be.

Again I used the Scattered Hearts stencil to add gold foil to the purple plaid pattern paper. I used a 2.25″ x 5.25″ piece of that pattern paper and stenciled the hearts using Deco Foil Transfer Gel. I let that dry completely, added some Gold Deco foil on top, and sent it through my laminator. I admit I love this Deco Foil process – I think it’s one of the least expensive ways to add real foiling on a card – no fancy heating machines or expensive foil plates needed. I added a thin white mat behind my foiled panel and glued that to the left side of the Royal Purple card base.

I stamped the sentiment on a lighter piece of purple card stock from my stash, embossed that with White Embossing powder and fussy cut that into a thin banner. I added that and the “HERBS” ephemera piece with foam tape and finished this card out with some gold sequins from our sequin mix. Nice pun! Though I don’t know of many flowering herbs..!

One more sentiment from this stamp set! It’s a pun and another head-scratcher as far as what’s included in this kit.

I couldn’t find any peas in our kit, so I figured these glass domes would work to give us some sense of “inner”..!? LOL! I die-cut this pattern paper with a LFSR die, and stamped and embossed the sentiment in the lower third. I added a thin white mat behind that and glued those to our Orange card base. I stamped the boots on the polka-dot pattern paper, added a little shading with colored pencils, fussy cut them out and glued them together. I glued the garden tool ephemera pieces all around the edge, and then mounted the two domes and the boots with foam tape – two layers on the left dome. This is a really bright card! The orange circles on the pattern paper match the card base nicely, though I would generally never pair pink and orange together – but it works very nicely here! Another note… I believe the greenery under the left dome would pass as thyme…!

That takes care of all the sentiments in our stamp set! Let’s move on to some sentiments of my own…!

I was sorry our ephemera pack only had one of these female scarecrow pieces… I thought they were unique and unexpectedly charming! I die-cut the stitched ovals (scarecrow pattern paper and a white mat) using the Gina K / Therm-o-web Oval dies and glued them together. I added short strips of the Mauve Moondust Straight Peel offs (from the Variety pack this month) to the center of the Royal Purple card base and glued the oval on top. I printed this sentiment on a scrap of card stock using the Brady Bunch Remastered font, trimmed that down, rounded the corners and mounted that and the scarecrow with foam tape. We had no purple enamel dots in our kit, so I found these purple enamel dots from a prior LFL kit and added them to the sentiment.

Okay, I did address the “crazy” eyes on our scarecrow (note the pattern paper) with a white gel pen and black Pigma Micron pen. I understand that the eyes are supposed to be buttons, (with eyelashes!?!) but I do think they make our scarecrow look positively demented! Is there such a thing as a Zombie Scarecrow?? I did like giving her a little bit more personality with some normal eyes! I think this pun is appropriate and gently giggle-inducing!

Mothers Day is on the horizon, and I couldn’t resist using this great ephemera piece and a bit of a pun…

I die-cut the dotted pattern paper with a Tonic Studios Scalloped Square Layering Basics die – I used the 3.75″ square die and partially die cut that square, shifted the die down to about 4.5″ and finished die-cutting the rectangle. A little scalloped border is nice and feminine. I took the Poker Stencil from the LFL 1/21 Kit and blended some Hero Arts Thistle Reactive ink through the stencil on the Pink card base. I figured the pattern paper was pink dots on purple so… … … … ! I added a thin white mat behind the scalloped pattern paper and glued those to the card base. I printed this sentiment on a scrap of card stock again using the Brady Bunch Remastered font, and die-cut it to size using a smaller Tonic scallop die. I mounted the ephemera piece and the sentiment with foam tape, and added some Studio Katia Cupid’s Kiss crystals for a touch of sparkle. This just might be the card I send to my Mother this year!

I did want to try our Eyelash Girl stamp (with the shovel!) again without all the background noise…

I stamped / masked / stamped / colored and die-cut (with the matching die) our eyelash Girl and the shovel on some LFL alcohol-friendly card stock. I took a scrap of Kraft card stock and die-cut this wooden frame using a Hero Arts Wood Frame Infinity die and covered the back of that with a piece of velum. I punched a border on the orange card base using an old American Crafts Border punch, and added a piece of Kraft paper behind that to complete the card front. I ran a piece of the orange ribbon down the left side of the card front and added a small bow. I stamped and embossed the sentiment as usual, (masking off the trailing end), glued the frame to the card front and mounted our gardener with foam tape. I added some heart shaped glitter and discovered that glitter fit inside the heart die-cuts almost perfectly! Really digging this card! Sweet and fairly simple, but kind of stunning all the same!

I had another idea for a truly affectionate card using one of the smaller stamps in this stamp set:

Love that white space!! LOL! I stamped the top of the shed and the weathervane on some LFL alcohol-friendly White card stock and colored them with my Spectrum Noir Alcohol markers. I was going for a verdigris patina on the weathervane and referenced the Statue of Liberty for that color choice. Perfect! I die-cut the image and Kraft mat with my Hero Arts Circle infinity dies and glued them together. I printed this sentiment directly on the card base using my Silhouette Software and the Book Antiqua font (caps) and the BlackJack font (script). I mounted the matted image with foam tape and added some of the brown Glitter Enamel dots for some highlights. I LOVE THIS CARD! I realize that a weathervane only points north when the wind is coming from the south, but I think this works perfectly for any kind of affection, love, or even a grateful Thank You card!

I did receive the Potting Shed Stamp set (add-on) this month and had to give that stamp a card of it’s own!

I stamped this on some Bristol Smooth card stock using VersaMark Onyx Black ink and colored all with my Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers – I figured I needed the extra-fine point on those markers to color some of the tiny details in this stamp. Notice I did adjust the crazy eyes on the scarecrow again…! I trimmed the colored panel to 4.25″ x 3.75″ and added a thin mat of the boot plaid pattern paper behind. I added some yellow ribbon to the two sides and the Glitter Enamel dots on top. I printed this sentiment (Sign Painter font) on some scraps of White card stock and die-cut both lines with a LF Everyday Sentiment Banners die before mounting them to the card front with foam tape. I love this sentiment! It’s actually an old quote from Audrey Hepburn! Beautifully appropriate and extremely hopeful!

That completes this 10 Card 1 Kit post featuring the Love From Lizi April 2021 Card Kit. A really nice assortment of cards useful for a variety of occasions and all sporting a very colorful spring time color palette!

Now I have yet another Eyelash Girl to add to my collection! This kit presented me with a few head-scratchers but ultimately revealed itself to be a terrific collection of stamps and images perfect for any gardening enthusiast! I used all of the card stock and MOST of the stamps in this stamp set – I didn’t get to the larger watering can for some reason; I used 8 of the 16 pattern papers, I used the stencil a couple of times, one of the dies, a little of the peel offs, a few sequins, some ribbon, and a good amount of the ephemera. I used the add-on Potting Shed stamp and a few peel offs from the variety pack. A little bit of everything! Naturally, I have plenty of leftovers that will find a loving home in my stash!

As of posting, this kit is still available at Love From Lizi! If I’ve managed to inspire you or captured your imagination, I would recommend grabbing one of the kits sooner rather than later. Lizi’s kits most always sell out rapidly! If you do go shopping with Lizi, please use my links – It is supremely appreciated and incredibly helpful! Thanks!

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UNBOXING! Love From Lizi April 2021 Card Kit

Hello Foks! Scott here with the NEW Love From Lizi April 2021 Card Kit. Lizi calls this kit the “Really Dig You” Card Kit and, as usual, the kit is loaded with supplies and embellishments with a springtime gardening theme.

We have a really fun color palette this month, and Lizi has a couple of surprises in store for us as well!

We start with our five sheets of 8.5″ x 11″ card stocks in a Royal Purple, Soft Lemon Yellow, Pink, super-smooth alcohol marker-friendly White, and an lovely Orange / Tangerine that is quite springy!!

Our “Really Dig You” pattern paper pack includes 16 sheets of 6″ x 6″ single-sided pattern papers with lots of patterns and images leaning towards an organic home-grown ethos… I like these – just little touches of pink here and there…!

It’s always a treat to get a stencil in our kits! This month we have this fun 6″ x 6″ Scattered Hearts stencil with a large assortment of hand-drawn hearts playfully dancing across the whole stencil. One of our pattern papers features this pattern!

The 6″ x 8″ “Really Dig You” stamp set features a large potting or gardening shed stamp with one of the Eyelash Girls in some wellingtons (boots) along with a large assortment of gardening implements and 5 sentiments that include a number of puns! We also get matching dies this month! 11 dies that will cut all the stamped images in this set.

We do get our matching Satin ribbon and Enamel Glitter dots. One meter each of light green, pale yellow, brown, dark green, and a soft orange 1/4″ ribbon that matches our assorted enamel dots. The sample pack of the “Really Dig You” sequin mix includes pink, gold, oyster, navy and chocolate brown sequins in assorted sizes. And we get a new color Peel off this month! This is the Petrol Blue pin stripe peel off that has a smooth mirror Finnish. Great color!

Naturally, Lizi is going to include a big pack of ephemera in this kit! These die-cut images include a fully decked-out potting shed, 16 different Eyelash Girls, lots of gardening tools, flowers, plants, wreaths, and even a pair of boots (wellingtons) sprouting flowers. Enough ephemera to keep you going for a long time!

That’s everything in the Love From Lizi April 2021 “Really Dig You” Card Kit. Lizi also has the Pattern paper pack, the Ephemera pack, Enamel Glitter dots and Sequin mix available as add-ons if you want to plump out your stash!

I did get the two Add-on Peel off Bundles this month. On the left is the Really Dig You Variety Peel off Bundle that includes Pink Mini Hearts, Blue Sway, Mauve Moondust Straight, and Gold Glitter Mini Circles (New!). The Really Dig You Pin Stripe Peel off Bundle (on the right) has a sheet of the NEW Purple Holographic peel offs as well as Green, Lemon Glitter and Brown Mirror. All selected to compliment this kit (and add to our peel off stash!)

Lizi also has a couple of add-on stamp and die sets to go along with our kits this month and I managed to get one!

This is the Potting Shed Stamp set that features the shed all decked out with gardening accoutrement and an adorable Eyelash Girl Scarecrow on the left – she makes me giggle! The sentiments are a little more standard in this stamp set but I am looking forward to trying my had at coloring this whole scene!

Lizi has also released three Mini Essential Peel off Bundles that feature Mini Stars, Mini Hearts, and Mini Circles in Gold, Silver, Black and White. Perfect essentials to go along with all your crafting and card making needs!

This looks light a fun batch of supplies to play with this month – lots of gardening puns and a huge amount of fun images to coax us all out of our houses and into the garden to welcome the rebirth of Spring! At posting, the kit is still available at Love From Lizi, along with a whole host of other releases, bundles, packs, stamps and dies. Subscribers (or anyone ordering a kit) has through Sunday March 28th (9am GMT 3/29) to add as many extras as you like to your kit orders for no extra shipping! That’s right… AS MANY EXTRAS AS YOU WOULD LIKE for NO EXTRA SHIPPING CHARGES.

Lizi’s kits sell out quickly, so if you’d like to get in on some gardening fun, I’d grab a kit for yourself as soon as possible! If you do go shopping with Lizi, please use my links – it helps support this site and is always trill appreciated! Thank You!

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

Hello Folks! Scott here with my 10 Cards 1 Kit post featuring the My Monthly Hero March 2021 Kit! If you, or anyone you know loves books, then this kit is perfect for all those bibliophiles on your list!

Our 6″ x 8″ stamp set features three readers in various poses along with a sleeping cat and some extra props, a large tree with unusual items amongst the branches, and even some graphic examples of what our readers might be reading about! There are six sentiments in this kit with a nice grouping of book-centric wishes and puns! We get seven coordinating Frame Cuts, a Rainbow Reactive Palette ink pad, a Water Flow brush, six large bookmarks cut from Pure White card stock, and six meters of Rainbow Hemp Cord. Everything we need to celebrate those with a penchant for books and reading!

Before we get into the cards this month, I have a winner to announce from last month’s HA Giveaway! If you missed the MMH 2/21 Hawaii Kit giveaway it was only announced in the video description last month – just to see if anyone reads those things…! Some people do!! The winner of a My Monthly Hero February 2021 Hawaii kit is Noreen Hennessy from Poughquag, NY! Congratulations, Noreen! Your kit is on the way!! For those who missed out on this prize, I promise not to be so coy the next time I do a giveaway!

At first glance, I think my favorite “reader” is the young lady in the chair. At least she has something to sit in/on!

First I stamped the coffee stool on some Bristol Smooth card stock using HA Intense Black ink and I fussy cut a mat for that with some Post-it Tape. I masked off the stool and stamped the occupied chair with the same ink. I stamped the sentiment the same, but embossed it with some clear embossing powder for a little texture and shine. I used my Stabilo watercolor markers to color this image – nice bright colors but they don’t move as freely on Bristol card stock as the Zig markers do. Still, I am able to get some decent shading with those markers.

I die-cut the colored panel with a Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangle die, glued that to a thin blue mat and a thin green mat (both from previous MMH kits) and glued those to my White card base. I really like this stamp – could be used for so many different occasions and it certainly makes for a lovely “miss you” card!

For some obsessive reason I wanted to get the prone “reader” stamp using the tree to lay her head upon.

I stamped our reader on Bristol Smooth card stock and masked her head and shoulders before stamping the tree. Looks pretty darn natural to me! I did use my Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers to color this image, and embossed the sentiment with clear embossing powder as well. I also added the slightest hint of blue to the sky using my chalk pastels. I trimmed the colored panel to 4″ x 5.25″, added a thin Black mat and glued both to a white card base. I still needed something on the left to help balance things out… This bird is from the MMH October 2018 kit – I thought he worked perfectly with this scene – like he’s coming in for a landing on the sentiment! I added some Stardust Gel pen for bits of highlights among the paraphernalia in the tree, and even glittered up the leaves with a little Spectrum Noir Sparkle pen. I think the tree illustrates this sentiment nicely, and I swear I can almost smell the cut grass…!

I was tickled that there is a birthday sentiment in this kit… and it’s even a pun! Birthday cards are always useful!

Does this count as a pun!? I’m not completely sure, but this tickles me nonetheless! I stamped the stack of books on some Bristol Smooth card stock with Intense Black ink and colored them with my Stabilo markers. I cut a Post-it Tape mask for the stack of books, masked them off and stamped the text behind them using HA Soft Granite ink. That text stamp is from the MMH January 2020 kit. That kit was voted last year’s favorite and the stamps and dies are now available in the New Hero Arts Catalogue. I stamped and embossed the sentiment as before. .

This “cake” of books needed a candle, so I found one in the MMH February 2020 kit. I stamped, colored and fussy-cut the candle and glued it on top of my books. I die-cut that panel with a LFSRdie and some partial die-cutting to achieve the right dimensions. I cut a piece of plain Red card stock from my stash to 3.75″ x 5.5″ and stamped the text stamp along the two sides using Hickory Smoke Distress Oxide ink. I glued that to a White card base and added two Red Mirror peel offs to the edges. I glued the die-cut panel to the card front and added a touch of Spectrum Noir glitter to the flame. This is the PERFECT Birthday Card to accompany the gift of a book..!!

There is that one stamp that has a book and “relax, read, repeat” making a stem for a flower. For some reason that stamp reminded me of a bookplate – I thought it would be nice to highlight that one all by itself.

I masked off a 1.25″ x 4″ area in the center of a White card panel, and ink blended the opening with Hero Hues Splash Reactive ink. I stamped the image with Intense Black ink and cut up the sentiment so I could stack the words vertically and embossed the sentiment as before. I originally thought I would use my colored pencils to color to this image, but that proved to be a futile attempt to cover that Reactive ink. I colored the flowers with my Stabilo Markers – bright enough to read well on top of the blue – and I simply stamped an extra book, fussy cut it out, added a touch of shading and glued it on top of the blue book. I cut that panel to 4″ x 5.25″, glued that to a thin blue mat (again, past MMH kit stash) and then down to a White card base. Some dots of sparkle with my Stardust gel pen and this is a great pun-y encouragement card! Is this a pun or a double-entendre? I like it either way!

We do have another “reader” to stamp, and all those imaginative graphics. I was a bit surprised that those all fit together!

A Slimline card! This is a 3.5″ x 8″ card (cut at 7″ x 8″). On some Bristol Smooth card stock, I stamped the boy and the imaginings all together with Intense Black ink. I was thrilled to find the three upper stamps fit together so perfectly! I colored everything with my Zig markers then stamped and embossed the sentiment. I cut the colored panel to 2.5″ x 7″ and cut another panel to 3″ x 7.5″ and inked the edges of that with the Palette ink pad from the kit. I love that the purples kind of match on either side, but the rest of the rainbow is shifted – can I get some pattern paper like that? Both panels are glued flat to the card base and my Stardust gel pen adds some highlights to the “thoughts”. Hell, this card is a bookmark in and of itself!

I had miss-stamped this image a couple times before I got the imaginings correct, so I had to put the extras to use…

And now we have a square card!! Has Scott lost his mind!? This is a 4.25″ square card – that means you can mail this in a standard A2 envelope! AND it’s the perfect size for a gift card! I colored this guy with my Zig markers and embossed the sentiment right underneath him. I partial die-cut the stamp stopping at his elbows, and then trimmed around the sentiment to complete the image. I cut the blue pattern paper (old Graphic 45 I believe) to 2.5″ x 3″ tall, added a thin White mat and a thin Black mat and glued those to the card base. Our “reader” and sentiment are mounted with foam tape – finally there’s some dimension! I love his dirty (at least used) white socks!

A recent Sunday NYTimes published an excerpt from the new Danielle Steel novel that was a full double-wide sheet of newspaper that you fold together four times (staple the spine and cut the folds) to make a little 31 page booklet of “THE AFFAIR” It seemed like it might be the right size to use on a literary card… I’m glad we hadn’t recycled that section!

I’m loving this! I was actually able to trim down a sheet of that booklet to 3.75″ x 5″ – perfect size for an A2 card! I distressed the edges of the newsprint with a small amount of Pumice Stone Distress ink, glued it down to a black mat and then down to a White card base. This time our prone reader is using the cat as a pillow! She doesn’t seem to mind… and she fits perfectly! This time I colored all with my Zig markers after adding some polka-dots to the dress with a Pigma Micron pen. Again, I embossed the sentiment right under the stamps and partial die-cut both the girl and the cat keeping the sentiment attached and trimming that to match. I think that’s a really effective way to give these kids something to ground them without having to draw in grass or cushions..! I thought this page of the novel was a fun tidbit (go ahead, read it!) and I was happy that the title and page number were able to be included. Page Turner Indeed!

Oh yes! Bookmarks! Well, the boy with the imaginings is almost the perfect size to fit the included bookmarks – and he does quite well – though with out the sentiment. I went ahead and stamped four of the bookmarks sans sentiment.

I’ve always thought one of the easiest ways to include a bookmark with a card is to just attach one to the card front! I like using Zots Clear adhesive removable dots – they will keep the bookmark in place and still come off the card and bookmark with no problem. I trimmed one of my stamped bookmarks to 2″ x 5 1/8″ (trying to keep as much of the stamped image as possible) and colored that with my Spectrum Noir alcohol markers. I rounded the corners with my 1/4″ corner-chomper. Alcohol markers do bleed through the Pure White card stock, so I added a thin mat of Black Tie Glitter card stock cut to 2.25″ x 5 3/8″ with the corners rounded as well. I stamped the sentiment on the back of the bookmark with VersaMark ink and embossed that with White Embossing powder.

I took our reactive ink pad and swiped that (repeatedly) across some White card stock for my rainbow background – cut to 4.25″ x 3.5″ and glued to a white card base. I did make a tassel for this bookmark using the Rainbow Cord from our kit – there is a decent How-To Tie a Tassel a minute and a half into the My Paper Pumpkin July 2016 video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cOEO5euP76E&t=90s. I did separate the strands of the cord to fluff up the tassel. Attach the bookmark to the card with the Zots and you have a greeting card and a gift all in one!

I have used every stamp and sentiment in this stamp set now, so I thought I’d come up with my own literary sentiment!

Now there’s a proper pun! I stamped the pile of books on one of the Pure White bookmarks, masked it off and stamped the chair reader over that. I colored all with my alcohol markers and die-cut them out using partial die-cutting and some extra care – I actually die-cut the wrong side of the book die (you can see the cut lines where the books meet the chair) but I taped them back together and flattened the seam as much as possible. Not too noticeable!

I stamped and embossed the sentiment on a LFSR die-cut (2.75″ x 4″) piece of White card stock. I ink blended some HA Lemon Drop Reactive ink lightly behind the chair and then used a Sunburst stencil to add some darker rays to that halo. I cut a piece of Yellow Linen card stock to 4″ x 5.25″ and glued that to a White card base, I added some Beige Linen triangles to the corners on the right and a couple of thin strips on the left to make a little faux book cover background. I glued the die-cut panel to the card front and added our “reader” with foam tape.

I don’t know if anyone remembers Fernando Lamas – or, more importantly – Billy Crystal’s impersonation of him, but I think “you book mah-velous” is quite funny and a perfectly appropriate pun for this kit! Great encouragement card!

I feel like I haven’t given that tree stamp it’s proper due, and we could certainly stand to have another bookmark card…

I’ve used just about all of my coloring mediums on this kit so far, so I thought I would make a card using my colored pencils. I stamped the tree on some Kraft card stock using VersaMark ink and embossed that with Gold embossing powder. I colored all with my Prismacolor colored pencils and die-cut the tree with the matching die. I also die-cut two more trees from the same paper and glued them all together for a nice sturdy tree. I originally thought I would just die-cut the top edge of the tree and slip the bookmark behind, but figured it would be a touch more magical with a different background! I cut a background for this (4 1/8″ x 5 3/8″) from a piece of Green Metallic Confections Kraft card stock – that will leave a thin white frame from the card base.

I cut one of the included bookmarks in half lengthwise and stamped this arrangement using Intense Black ink and Clear embossing for the sentiment. I masked off the book and ink blended Splash Reactive ink starting at the bottom and fading out towards the top. I colored the rest with my Stabilo markers with a few glitter highlights from my Stardust gel pen. I rounded the corners with my Kadomaru Pro corner rounder (love the very small rounded corners) punched a 1/8″ hole in the top, and threaded a couple strands of the Rainbow cord through the hole. A couple of matching Pony Beads adds some weight and dimension to the bookmark cords.

To get the bookmark to hide behind the tree and background, I added two layers of scrap card stock (about 1.25″ wide) to the sides on the back of the background – leaving a channel in the center open for the bookmark. I added a thin double-card stock strip on the bottom between the side pieces to keep the bookmark from falling all the way through. I also added the same along the top edge to avoid any “dips” when the background is glued to the card base. Then I cut a slot in the background an inch and a quarter below the top edge and also cut the sides of that slit about a half an inch up towards the top. When you glue that background to the card base, add some glue to the top edge of the slot so it will glue down to the card base and leave the bottom edge open to accept the bookmark. Then, when you glued the tree in place, just make sure NOT to glue the center where the bookmark slides in. It may seem complicated but it’s really a very simple way to hide something behind your background!

I stamped and embossed the front sentiment on a scrap of Kraft card stock and mounted that to the card front with foam tape. I think the dangling cords coming from the top of the tree beg to be pulled on, and I really like the embossed and colored tree – a completely different look while still preserving the whimsy of that tree stamp. Now we have an interactive card with with a hidden bookmark! Love the shine on this card!

And that wraps up my 10 cards using the My Monthly Hero March 2021 Kit. I did get a pretty good assortment of cards – a “miss you” card, birthday cards, lots of encouragement cards and some useful thank you cards too!

I did manage to use every stamp in our stamp set – most of them more than once! Lots of coloring this month, but not a lot of coloring on any one card! I had much more fun with this set than I thought I would… those three “reader” stamps are so cute and fun to color… that is certainly an interesting tree stamp… and I don’t think I’ve ever created a rainbow as quickly as I did with this palette ink pad! Let me know which card is your favorite!

If you know anyone who loves books, if you have children or grandchildren you’d like to encourage to read more, or if you belong to a book club or the like, this is a great kit for all the readers in your life! Never trust anyone whose TV is bigger than their bookshelf! My love of books was instilled in me at an early age…! I do my best to pass that on!

This kit is still available at Hero Arts! And there is a great assortment of add-ons that compliment this kit including some terrific sentiment stamp sets. If I have managed to capture your imagination or maybe inspire some new ideas, you should grab a kit while they’re still available. Once they’re gone they’re gone! Please use my links when you do go shopping with Hero Arts – it is always supremely appreciated and doesn’t cost you a thing! Thank you!

My Monthly Hero March 2021 Kit: http://shrsl.com/2uew1

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

Hello Folks! Scott here with my 10 Cards 1 Kit post featuring Lizi’s “Make it Bloom” Card Kit! This kit is a big harbinger of Spring with some references to Easter, and, of course, a huge collection of coordinated supplies.

I do always make A2 (4.25″ x 5.5″) card bases from the 5 card stock sheets included in the kit – though I do swap out Lizi’s alcohol marker-friendly White for a plain 110# card stock from my stash. This month our kit featured a number of cut-apart sheets that make it easy to create lovely, useful cards! I couldn’t resist this one.

This is always a great sentiment, and I do love the plaid watering can on that dark background! I matted the cut-apart on a thin White mat, then to a thicker mat of that matching pattern paper and then another thin White mat just for good measure. I glued those all down to a White card base and added the wood-veneer “Hello” after covering that with my Spectrum Noir Sparkle pen. A little bit of sparkle for this sweet and simple card! There are 8 cut-apart pieces this size in our kit – that’s eight terrific cards right there!

There was one other cut-apart that really caught my eye this month!

Another smashing cut-apart! I cut this one out using a Tonic Scalloped Square die for a small scalloped edge, and glued that to a thin White mat. I stamped a garland of all 11 small stamps in this stamp set on the top and bottom of a Warm Yellow card base with VersaMark ink and embossed that with the LFL Baby Blue Party Embossing powder.

I dug around in my stash looking for card stock that would match that embossing powder, and finally landed on the Hero Hues Periwinkle card stock. I added a thin mat of that behind the white mat, and then sprayed all three layers with some Sheer Shimmer spray for a touch of sparkle. I attached all to the card front with foam tape and added some blue sequins from our embellishment bag – and a couple of the hearts on the cheeks! That embossing powder is crazy sparkly – this whole card twinkles! You are my Sunshine!! C’mon… everybody! You are my Sunshine…!!

I do challenge myself to use all the stamps in our stamp set, and we have five sentiment stamps so let’s look at those!

I really like this card – thematically, it’s right on the money! I cut a 3.25″ x 5.5″ piece of the seed pattern paper and glued that to a Lilac card base. I added two Mauve Moondust peel offs (from the Make It Bloom Pin Stripe peel off pack) to the top and bottom edges of the pattern paper. I fussy-cut six matching seed packets from the rest of the patten paper and used foam tape to add them to the card front.

I stamped and embossed the “Spring is in the air” sentiment using Pink Sparkle embossing powder from the My Monthly Hero January 2020 kit – really a great match to that Violet card stock. I die-cut that sentiment with a HA Circle infinity die, glued that to a scrap of black card stock and fussy-cut the thin black mat. I added the same black mats behind the seeds sticker and sentiment, and used foam tape to attach all to the card front. Some Spectrum Noir Sparkle pen on the seed packets, and we have a very spring-y greeting. I do LOVE that “scatter seeds of happiness” !!

We actually have a couple “Happy Easter” stamps in our stamp set this month, so let’s look at that holiday!

This kind of feels like a big Easter basket to me! I stamped and embossed the sentiment on this ephemera tag using LFL Forest Green Embossing powder – that’s another one of my favorites! I mated that piece with another ephemera piece – the long, ruled octagon with the printed bow on top, and added a mat behind that with the pink gingham pattern paper. I punched a hole and tied all the pieces together with this triple bow in yellow, pink and blue.

I stamped the same small stamp garland on the sides of this Warm Yellow card base, and embossed those with the Pink Sparkle powder – reads a little different on the yellow, but still plenty of sparkle! I added two strips of the gingham paper paper to the top and bottom of the card front and mounted the assembled “tag” with foam tape. I grabbed the Chick and Easter egg die from our embellishment bag and die-cut them from Orange, Slate Blue, Green and Yellow card stock – from the Make it Bloom Pearlescent card stock pack. I cut apart the eggs and added the chicks inside before mounting them to the card front with foam tape. Love those long tails on the bow! VERY EASTER-Y!

We have a “Jump into Spring” stamp in our stamp set… a bunny is the perfect way to illustrate that sentiment!

Fortunately, we have this fun bunny sticker in our kit! I stamped and embossed the sentiment with the same Forest Green embossing powder on the decorative ephemera label. I cut a piece of the yellow daisy pattern paper to 3.25″ x 4.5″ and die-cut the bunny border using the die from our kit. I die-cut a piece of Dark Green card stock from my stash with a Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangle die and glued that to the Zesty Lime Green card base. I glued the die cut panel on top of that and added the label with foam tape. I de-stickified the bunny sticker with my Embossing Magic bag, and mounted him to the label with foam tape as well.

I die-cut the large flower die from more of the yellow daisy pattern paper, and die-cut the flower centers from the end panel of the Mauve Moondust peel offs, and some scrap White card stock. I glued the flowers together, curled up their petals a little bit, and glued them to the label. I also added the three Mauve Moondust dots (from the center of the small flower die) across the label. I love that die-cut border, and I think the flowers really make this card! It’s almost like the daisies on the pattern paper escaped and became three-dimensional!

I have room to try some of my own sentiments with this kit this month. I wanted something to go along with the ‘gardening’ pattern paper and I think this is great fun.

I created this fun “ephemera” sentiment piece using my Silhouette software and the Mona LisaSolid ITC, BlackJack, and Rockwell Extra Bold fonts, printed that on a scrap of White card stock, and trimmed it down to 2 1/4″ x 2 3/8″. I glued the flower stickers to the sentiment turning that simple rectangle into a bona-fide ephemera piece!! I die cut the pattern paper with a LFSRdie and added a thin Black mat before gluing both down to the Zesty Lime Green card base. I added the assembled piece to the card front with foam tape, and sprinkled a few sequins around for some sparkle. I also embossed the wood-veneer flower using the Pink Sparkle embossing powder – a good three layers of embossing plus a pink gem in the center – that adds a great deal of sparkle and really pulls your focus to the top of the sentiment.This all works great with that “gardening” pattern paper!

I did take some time to stamp and color all the egg stamps. VersaFine Onyx Black ink on Bristol Smooth card stock and colored with my Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers.

There is enough detail on these stamps to make for perfect embossings, but you know me… I do like losing myself in a long session of coloring…!

I’m loving this card! I printed this sentiment on scrap of white card stock using the Raustila and Stars and Stripes fonts. I die-cut that with the largest Gina K Oval die, and was contemplating a mat or more pattern paper or…? when I came up with the idea to make an “egg frame” on the oval using the small egg die in our kit! I die-cut that egg 28 times from the pearlescent card stock pack and glued them all along the edge of the oval. Really happy with that!

I cut a piece of that fun pastel plaid pattern paper to 4″ x 5.25″ and glued that to the Lilac card base, and mounted the oval with foam tape. I fussy-cut all my painted eggs and added the three more ‘graphic’ eggs to the oval with foam tape. This would make a great Thank You or Congratulations card or even a fun Birthday card for those born around Easter!

So let’s look at these egg stamps and how well they do with embossing!

My favorite part of this card is the fact that you don’t see the sentiment right away – at first glance it looks like there’s no sentiment at all! I cut the egg pattern paper to 3″ x 5.5″ and glued that to the Buttercup Yellow card base. I added two 3/8″ strips of the pastel plaid paper to the top and bottom and trimmed all with the Glossy Pink w/ Silver peel offs. I stamped and embossed the sentiment egg in the center of White card stock using Wilted Violet Distress Oxide ink and then embossed the eggs using Love From Lizi Neon Grapefruit, Neon Lime, Cherry Red, and Neon Lemon embossing powders. Great texture with all that embossing! I fussy-cut my egg line-up and foam taped that to my card. Love it!

We also have a “Happy Easter” sentiment die in this kit – I don’t have any of those in my stash – and I do have three more eggs already colored – let’s try it out!

Totally different feel with this card! I found some yellow Metallic Confections card stock in my stash and die-cut the sentiment from that along with three more in white card stock. I glued all four layers together to make this nice chunky sentiment. I die cut the flower pattern paper with a LFSRdie, added a yellow metallic mat and glued this to the Buttercup Yellow card base. I added the other three colored eggs to the card front with foam tape, and glued the sentiment beneath. This feels very formal to me, but still spring-y… stained glass windows and yellow gold, daffodils and daisies… ahhhhhhh..!

This last card was inspired by a number of things – the 6″ x 8″ pattern paper, one of the ephemera pieces, and the theme of this kit – Make it Bloom – also inspired me to – literally – make it bloom.

These pop-up ‘wipe’ cards are really very easy to make. Two sheets of 4.25″ x 7.5″ card stock, score one side of both at 1.5″ and 2.5″, make a “z” fold on both pieces, layer one fold to the left and one fold to the right and you have your basic mechanism to make bunches of pop-up ‘wipe’ cards. I made my front piece with that floral pattern paper fussy-cut to a rough triangle – tall on the right and shorter on the left. I did glue that pattern paper to a thin piece of card stock to add a little strength to this pop-up card. That fussy-cut piece is scored and folded on the left.

The back piece is 4.25″ x 7.5″ with some Broken China Distress Oxide ink blended on the top and left sides – that is scored and folded on the right. The riser (pop-up) piece is the matching flower from our sticker sheet stuck to a piece of 2″ wide card stock that extends 1.25″ below the sticker. On the bottom right corner of that riser piece, measure an inch to the left along the bottom edge and an inch up on the right side – connect those points, score that (45 degree) line and fold it towards you. That triangle is the only part of the riser that gets glued down – behind the fold-over on the right side of the back piece. I do have a how-to for this card on my coordinating video post if you want to know more!

I stamped the sentiment on the back piece using Onyx Black ink and clear embossing powder, and added a good amount of sequins for a bit of sparkle. I LOVE the fact that the sentiment stays nice and exposed even after the pop-up is revealed! A fun and floral interactive card highlighting the theme for this Love From Lizi March 2021 Card Kit!

That wraps up my 10 Cards 1 Kit post featuring the LFL March 2021 Card Kit! This is certainly a very spring-y collection with a few Easter cards, a number of spring cards, friendship and thank you cards! And not too terribly pink..!!

I did manage to use every stamp in our stamp set! I thought my ‘little stamp garland’ was particularly inspired..! I used 10 of the 12 pattern papers, I believe I used all of the dies in this kit, two of the wood-veneer pieces, a number of stickers and ephemera pieces, ribbons and sequins (gobs more left!). I didn’t use any of the 12″ x 12″ tag cut-apart sheet and I didn’t use any of the pre-tied white bows, but I made a pretty good dent in all the rest. Of course, all my leftovers will find a loving home in my stash!

I really had a great time creating all these cards. Whether you observe Easter, or not, this is a great collection for celebrating spring and sharing a little seasonal rejuvenation with those you love. If you would like my “Gardening is my Dirty Little Secret” ephemera sentiment, send me your request to cardcutups@gmail.com – let me know if you would like the Silhouette file or just a PDF and I’ll gladly share!

As of posting this kit is still available at Love From Lizi, along with most of the add ons and March releases. If I have managed to ignite your imagination or inspired an idea or two, please use my links when you go shopping with Lizi. Thank you so much for that – the help is most appreciated!

Love From Lizi March 2021 Make it Bloom Card Kit: https://shrsl.com/2tftn

Love From Lizi March 2021 Release: https://shrsl.com/2tftq

Thanks for spending some time with me here today! Your support and encouragement warms my heart on these cold winter days… let’s bring on some SPRING! Please remember to Like me, List me, Pin me, Post me, Share me with all your crafty friends… don’t run with gardening shears… I send you and yours warmth and wellness, cheers and chuckles, and as always, Happy Crafting!

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UNBOXING! Love From Lizi • March 2021 Card Kit

Hello Folks! Scott here with the unboxing of the Love From Lizi March 2021 card kit! Lizi has titled this kit the “Make it Bloom” kit and spring is definitely in the air.- as well as some Easter motifs and a bright spring-y palette!

We get a big 12″ x 12″ kit this month which usually indicates we get some over-size cut apart and larger goodies!

As usual, we get five sheets of 8.5″ x 11″ card stock in our kit – I most always make my card bases from these – I can’t tell you how often the color of a card base has inspired a card from me! This month we get a Lilac, Buttercup Yellow, super-smooth alcohol-friendly White (I’ll swap this out for a plain sheet of 110# card stock from my stash), Warm Yellow, and Zesty Lime Green. Very spring-y!

And here’s the 12″ x 12″ cut apart sheet! 15 spring-time tags! Nine with sentiments or sayings and six with patterns and icons.

The back of the cut apart sheet continues the tag theme providing reverse decorations on all the tags cut from the front!

AND a 12″ x 12″ sheet of stickers! These are nice, thick stickers with a satin finish, and tons of images and sentiments!

We get a pack of twelve double-sided 6″ x 8″ pattern papers in our kit too! Some florals, large icons and sentiments, as well as smaller patterns and a couple of 3″ x 4″ cut apart sheets for good measure!

The reverse sides of our pattern paper tend to smaller patterns perfect for backgrounds… love that pastel plaid!

Our peel off sheet this month is a Glossy Pink with Silver outlines – I really like the metallic outlines on these opaque peel offs! The Make It Bloom Stamp set features 6 Easter eggs with some intricate patterning, good for embossing as well as coloring! There are 5 sentiments (one shaped like an egg!) and 11 tiny stamps of hearts, flowers and leaves.

That brings us to our embellishment bag! We get five 1/8″ satin ribbons in soft Lilac, soft Yellow, White, baby Pink, and soft Blue. A meter each! The Make It Bloom Sequin mix has Lime Green, Pink, Blue, and White sequins with some iridescent hearts too!. We get these five wood-veneer die-cuts that include this cute “Hello” and five pre-tied white bows (for those of us who are bow-tying challenged!). Our pack of dies include a nice sized “Happy Easter”, a chick and a bunny, a large and small flower, and a large and small egg. The smaller dies have some great internal shapes as well!

And, of course we get a nice pack of ephemera this month. A little more tag and sentiment oriented than images but these are all bright and colorful and as eager for spring as I am!

I did get the Make It Bloom Pin Stripe bundle! This includes four pin stipe peel off sheets in Apricot, Mint, Lemon Glitter, and Mauve Moondust. Perfect addition to this kit!

And I was thrilled to receive the Make It Bloom Pearlescent card stock bundle including six 8.5″ x 11″ super-shiny card stock sheets in White, Taupe, Sunshine Yellow, Orange, Slate Blue, and Pistachio.

That covers everything in the Love From Lizi March 2021 Card Kit and the couple extras I received. This kit is still available at Love From Lizi, as is most of the add-ons and March releases, so if your need a little spring in your step, you’ll want to grab one of these for yourself! If you do go shopping with Lizi, please use my links below! That helps support CarcCut-ups and is always appreciated!

Love From Lizi March 2021 Make It Bloom Card Kit: https://shrsl.com/2tftn

Love From Lizi March 2021 Release: https://shrsl.com/2tftq

Thanks so much for sharing your time with me here, and I send you all simple wishes for a Happy Spring!

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

Hello Folks! Scott here with my 10 Cards 1 Kit post featuring the Love From Lizi February 2021 Card Kit. This “So Lucky” Kit features lots of girlfriend images with coffee and shamrocks and a unique color palette.

Lizi mentioned that the Green Parade Nuvo Shimmer Powder that we got in the LFL May ’20 card kit would go well with this kit, so I did take a sheet of watercolor paper, misted it with water, and sprinkled that Green Parade Shimmer Powder all over. I figured that would be handy to have on hand regardless of how much I used it with this kit.

I always challenge myself to use all the stamps in our kits, and I make my 10 card bases from the 5 sheets of card stock included – swapping out Lizi’s alcohol-friendly White for some plain White in my stash. I thought I’d start with the unique perspective stamp looking down at our feet… could I get 2 on one card?

I stamped these with VersaFine Onyx Black ink on an A2 panel of Lizi’s White card stock. I did wipe away the shamrock from the top stamping. I colored all with my Spectrum Noir Alcohol markers, and found it easy to make the ‘scarf’ (as originally stamped) another ‘shirt’ by just connecting the outline under the right arm. That gave me two completely different outfits!

I added some details to the scarf and the shirt with a Pigma Micron 03 pen. I die cut a small heart from the red “glitter” pattern paper in our kit using a Hero Arts Nesting Hearts die and glued that in place of the shamrock on the top stamp.

I stamped the sentiment with Onyx Black ink and added some stitched detail to the sides with a Stitching Lines die from Ellen Huston, and glued that panel down to a White card base. I stamped the large sentiment on a scrap of White card stock using VersaMark ink and embossed that with the LFL Emerald City embossing powder. I LOVE the smooth and shiny results that powder gives you! I did fussy cut the sentiment leaving a thin white border. I debated how to present this card before I decided to just use a belly band – cut from vellum at 1″ wide and 9″ long, wrapped around the card and attached at the back. I used dry adhesive (Scotch ATG) to attach the sentiment to the front of the vellum – Perfectly covers up the small sentiment on the front of the card! Almost an interactive card!

I have all the ephemera from the kit spread out on my desk as I work, and my eye kept falling on the two left hands… a right and a left would have been nice… but could I possibly make these both work together on one card? I began by fussy cutting them out.

When I found that I could get these two sets of fingers to cross with each other, I realized it was a perfect way to illustrate this sentiment! (Never mind the incongruity of two left hands clasping… unless you’re two-stepping or something…!) I did add a little grey alcohol marker to the sweater on the left for a little more contrast.

I glued a 2″ strip of the orange plaid pattern paper to the middle of a Zesty Orange card base, and added two thin strips of the same to the top and bottom – they don’t have to match perfectly… just put the thicker one on the bottom. I did stamp the small shamrock at the center of the plaids using Lucky Clover Distress Oxide ink. I outlined all the pattern paper strips with the Copper Mirror peel offs from our kit. I die-cut the “So Lucky” sentiment from my prepared Green Parade shimmer card stock and twice more from some 110# card stock, and glued those all together for a nice, dimensional sentiment.

I did cut apart this sentiment stamp so I could make it a single-line sentiment, and stamped it on the card front with Onyx Black ink. I added the hands with foam tape, and used a couple of the enamel dots to highlight the smaller sentiment. Bright and shiny – I really like the intertwined fingers!

More sentiments to go… and we have so many pieces of ephemera to play with as well!!

On the Vibrant Green card base, I glued a 3.25″ piece of the green “glitter” pattern paper to the center, and edged that with two 1/4″ strips of the green houndstooth pattern paper. I added LFL Green Holo peel offs to the edges of all the pattern paper. I stamped and embossed the “Lucky” sentiment as before and used the matching shadow die to cut it out. That fit nicely across the center of the largest clover wreath ephemera piece. I cut out a circle of white card stock to fit behind the opening in the wreath, and stamped my small sentiments in the available openings. I glued the white stamped piece to the card front, added the wreath and sentiment with foam tape, and embellished this with three of the wood veneer shamrocks and two small green enamel dots. I was pleased to be able to use the “Lucky” without the “So”, and I like the layered sentiment!

We got eight pieces of the “girlfriends making a heart with their hands” ephemera so I had to use one…!

I did trim the border on those ladies small enough to fit on this oval die-cut from White card stock using a Hero Arts Nesting Ovals die. I added a black oval mat from the same dies, and glued all three pieces together. I stamped and embossed the large sentiment the same as before, but cut it out with the matching shadow dies… using partial die-cutting to keep from separating the words. Fairly simple! I stamped the small sentiment on a scrap of White card stock and trimmed that to size.

I cut this shamrock pattern paper to 3.25″ wide and glued that to a Black card base. I added two Green Glitter peel offs to the edges of the pattern paper. I attached the girl oval and the sentiments to the card front with foam tape. If you look closely, you’ll see a little orange bow on the back of the redhead’s hair. I did a second generation stamp of that bow to soften the outlines, and colored it with my Zig Real Brush markers. I fussy-cut that out and glued it to the back of her chaplet. I love that the background pattern paper matches their hair colors!

I got to wondering if I could use any of these stamp sentiments without the “So Lucky” qualifier…

I combined the “We’re” stamp with the “and so very grateful” stamp to make this simplified sentiment with no “Lucky” in sight! I just masked off the “and” when I stamped the longer sentiment. When I was happy with my stamped sentiment, I die cut the stamped white panel with a Tonic Scalloped Square Layering die, and the “bows” pattern paper with the next larger die, glued those to a plain black mat and then down to the Zesty Orange card base.

I used my craft knife to cut the border away from the left side of the medium cookie ephemera piece, and layered that with the stack of cookies ephemera piece to make one focal point. I think the cookie in front also helps identify what’s in that stack! I attached those to our card front with foam tape, and added three orange sequins for a little sparkle! I ran a piece of our green satin ribbon through my Zyron Sticker maker and glued that across the bottom of my card, and added a small bow tied from the same ribbon. Ribbon on the cookies, ribbon on the card! This is a great “thank you” sentiment without the need for “Lucky”!

One more sentiment to use and another image stamp to color – that hand holding the coffee… twice?

I reverse stamped the hand on the left using my silicon mat and my Tim Holtz stamping platform, also stamping (normally) the right hand with Onyx Black ink on Lizi’s White alcohol-friendly card stock. Here’s a quick refresher on how I reverse stamp.

I colored the hands with my Spectrum Noir alcohol markers and used the matching die to die-cut them both. On the reverse-stamped piece, I lined up the die on the back of the card stock using a bright light to see through the card and position the die. I think it helps sell the sentiment to have two hands on this card.

I die-cut the two pattern papers to 3.75″ x 5.25″ with a Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangle die and then split them both diagonally and taped them together. I fiddled with a simple peel off between the two papers when I decided to use the washi tape in the kit. I added the washi tape to a piece of white card stock and trimmed it to size before adding it on top of the patterned papers. Then I added our kit peel offs to either side of the washi tape band. I added our patterned background to a mat made from the Green Parade Shimmer Powder (I die-cut the center away for conservation) and glued those to the Soft Grey card base.

I stamped the “Lucky” on a scrap of white card stock and embossed that with some Coral embossing powder I received in the My Monthly Hero July 2020 kit – matched those stripes perfectly! Then I die cut the sentiment and two more layers with the matching shadow die, and glued them together for a thicker sentiment. I stamped the smaller sentiments on the background with Onyx Black ink and glued the “Lucky between them. I colored one of the small wood veneer shamrocks with Lucky Clover Distress Oxide ink and covered it with Glossy Accents for some shine. When that was dry, I glued it to the card front and added the hands with some foam tape. CHEERS! I’m Lucky to know you!

Enough skirting around the issue here…! This is a perfect kit for making St. Patrick’s Day cards!

I couldn’t resist… this “coffee cup” ephemera piece looks more like beer to me than coffee…! I took a 3.25″ panel of that great orange plaid and printed my sentiment on it using my Silhouette Software (free!) and the Antelope Island and Plantagenet Cherokee fonts. Here’s a link to my video showing how I print sentiments for my cards: Printing Sentiments. I glued the printed pattern paper to the Vibrant Green card base and added Straight Green Glitter peel offs (in the variety peel off pack this month) on the sides. I trimmed the outer border on the medium wreath and glued that to the card front. I fussy cut the whole border away from the beer mug, straightened the handle a bit, and added it to the center of the wreath with foam tape. A few wood veneer shamrocks provide some masculine embellishment – though I did add some Spectrum Noir Sparkle pen to the to the beer (not the foam) and all the shamrocks! Perfectly pun-y St. Patty’s Day card!

Valentine’s Day just passed, and I thought of this very masculine valentine with a sweet pun-y sentiment!

This is a 2″ x 5″ piece of pattern paper on a 2.25″ x 5.25″ white mat glued to the left side of a Black card base. I printed this sentiment using the Raustila Font on some white card stock and then die-cut it using a Hero Arts Nesting Hearts die. I trimmed down the border on the sneakers ephemera (leaving a thin white edge) and added them to the heart with foam tape. Three small hearts die-cut from the green “glitter” pattern paper and three glitter enamel dots add some playful sparkle. Fun and touching!

There’s a lot of “coffee” in this kit, so I thought I should try something a little more caffeine oriented!

I stamped the to-go cup (without the shamrock) and the coffee cup three times on Lizi’s alcohol-friendly card stock, colored them with my alcohol markers, and die-cut them with their matching dies. I cut the red/green “glitter” pattern paper to 3.25″ x 4.25″ and glued that just above the center of the White card base. I lined the top and bottom with LFL Red Glitter peel offs, and accented the ends of the short peel offs with Red Glitter Mini Hearts. The sentiment is from the My Monthly Hero August 2018 Kit stamped with Onyx Black ink and embossed with some Clear Embossing powder. Cute little pun!

I die-cut some small hearts from the red “glitter” paper and glued them to the small to-go cups and added a glitter heart on top. I glued the coffee cup die cuts in a bit of a pattern across the middle of the pattern paper. I wanted a heart on my big ephemera to-go cup so I used my alcohol markers to cover up the shamrock and make the cup darker. I die-cut a larger heart from more “glitter” paper and glued that to the cup and added another glitter heart on top. Lastly, I did scribble an outline around the heart and some highlights on the front of the cup. I also used a double layer of foam tape to attach this cup to the card front. Great card for your favorite coffee lover! With, maybe, a Starbucks Gift card?

Sometimes I can get a little OCD… which in this case, I think it paid off!

First, I was obsessed with fussy-cutting this pattern paper since I first laid eyes on it… and for some reason, I was determined to use this sentiment on a card (too many marshmallows in your cereal, Scott?) and I was over-confident that I could turn one of the wood veneer shamrocks into a “lucky charm”. I took one of the large wooden shamrocks and colored inside the etched lines with Green and Dark Green Zig Real Brush markers. I let that dry well and added Glossy Accents on top of the green. I let that dry VERY well and finished the “charm” outlining all the green sections with my Stardust Gel pen, and glueing a tiny clear crystal in the center. Actually quite gem-like! Emerald shamrock anyone?

I printed the sentiment directly on the Soft Grey card base using the Dream State font. I fussy-cut the pattern paper and trimmed that to fit on the left side of the card. The edge is glued down at the fold and I used foam adhesive on the cut edge for some nice dimension. I arranged some smooth twine on the card front and glued that in place trimming the ends at the edge of the card. A touch of foam tape holds our charm in place on top of the twine. That “charm” really pops on this card!

That’s my 10 cards created with the Love From Lizi February 2021 Card Kit. This is a great selection of cards and I really appreciate the unique color palette! Lots of friendship cards, a valentine and thank you’s and even a St. Patrick’s Day card!

I almost used every stamp in our stamp set with the slight exception of the very small cup of coffee. I did manage all of the sentiments! I used all the card stock in the kit, I used 10 of the pattern papers (almost half!), a good amount of the peel offs, a lot of the ephemera and most of the dies. I used a little bit of everything in the embellishment bag – washi tape, sequins, shamrocks, enamel dots, even a little bit of the ribbon. I had a good time with this kit and now I feel ultra prepared for March 17th!!

As of posting, this kit is still available at Love From Lizi! If I’ve managed to pique your imagination, you should grab a kit for yourself… Lizi’s kits most always sell out…! If you do go shopping with Lizi, please use my links… it helps keep a roof over our heads in this cold dark winter up north! Truly appreciated!

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10 Cards 1 Kit • My Monthly Hero February 2021 Kit

Hello Folks! Scott here with my 10 Cards 1 Kit Post using the My Monthly Hero February 2021 Kit. We’re taking a trip to Hawaii this month, and, what with a foot of snow on the ground here in NYC (and more on the way), it couldn’t be a more welcome escape!

Our 6″ x 8″ stamp set features a plethora of Hawaiian images; a hula girl, a ukulele player, a palm tree, surfboard, tropical cocktails, assorted animals and plants, a volcano and other scene building elements. We get 21 Coordinating Frame Cuts, and we get a custom roll of washi tape, more of the terrific Sand embossing powder, and six sheets of 8.5″ x 5.5″ card stock – 2 each of Turquoise, Marrs Green, and Coral. Beach, please!

When I get a stamp set like this – featuring a lot of smaller images, I will often just stamp, color, and die-cut all of the stamps just to give my brain a jump-start! I stamped everything using Hero Arts Intense Black ink on Bristol Smooth card stock, and colored all with my Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers.

I love the Zig markers for these kind of stamps – the brush tips are fine enough to get in every detail! There are no dies for the fish, flowers or the island – I just fussy cut the island and left the others as is.

Since I do challenge myself to use all the stamps in a kit, I often will just pick one of the sentiments and go from there – Lots of pun-y sentiments this month! There’ll be more!

To tell you the truth, I wasn’t looking froward to ink-blending a bunch of tropical sunsets and bucolic ocean vistas… but that’s where I started! I ink blended the background using Frayed Burlap Distress Oxide ink, Hero Arts Creamsicle and Lemon Drop Reactive inks. I added a little sand texture using Walnut Stain Distress Oxide ink and a white gel pen.

I took a piece of the Marrs Green card stock and die cut the leafy opening using the fancy die from the MMH Sept. 2018 kit. I ink blend the edges using Black Soot Distress ink, and die-cut a matching piece of black Fun Foam to add some dimension. I stamped the sentiment using Intense Black ink, and embossed that with some clear embossing powder for a tiny touch of shine. I added the stamped birds (from the MMH April 2019 kit) with Hero Arts Soft Granite ink. Just the right touch to bring the background to life!

I glued the background to a White card base, and glued the leafy foam and card stock on top of that, added my ukulele gent with some foam tape, and there’s our first card! I’m not completely sold on the “uke” pun. As a ukulele player myself, I’ve never referred to my ukulele as a “uke” and rarely hear anyone else use the term either. Ce La Vie! If you’d like to see me playing my ukulele, click here.

I often turn to “still life” arrangements with smaller images and thought this worked well.

I ink blended some HA Lemon Drop ink in the center of this white card base, and stamped the sentiment using Intense Black ink. Then I simply attached the images using foam tape in a fun arrangement. This feels quite peaceful to me, and it certainly puts me in a tropical frame of mind. “Still Life with Umbrella and Surfboard”!

I’m always happy when I can riff on a sentiment stamp included in our stamp set.

“Mahalo” means Thank You in Hawaiian, and this toucan pun works perfectly with that! I stamped the sentiment with Intense Black ink, and printed the pun using my Silhouette Software and the American Typewriter font. I die-cut that panel with a Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangle die, and added thin mats in black, yellow, orange black again, and glued the whole stack to a white card base. Add the toucan with some foam tape and we have another pun-y Thank You card! Love those mats and all that white space!

We also have a “Lei” pun with one of our sentiments… seems I should make a Lei then…

I stamped a dozen hibiscus flowers on the Coral card stock, added a little color to them with my Spectrum Noir alcohol markers, some Hero Arts Unicorn White ink and my white gel pens. I die-cut them all out and arranged them to make our Lei.

I stamped the island and the water lines with Intense Black ink on some Kraft card stock and lightly colored that with my Prismacolor colored pencils. I stamped the two sentiments with the same black ink and mounted the Lei with foam tape. I did add a little ‘curl’ to the flower petals as I attached them, and I really like the dimension that adds. This feels like a retro travel advertisement for Hawaii! Or maybe a hotel greeting card!

We do have one more “uke” pun with our sentiments, so I might as well get it over with..!

I really like my Tiki Totem here! I stamped 5 tiki’s on top of each other on some Neenah Classic Crest 80# card stock and colored them with my Spectrum Noir alcohol markers. I trimmed that panel down to 4″ x 5.25″ and stamped the sentiments with Intense Black ink and embossed them with some clear embossing powder.

I cut a 2″ piece of Hero Hues Kiwi card stock (from the March 2020 kit) and stamped the monstera leaf all over that piece using some Archival Emerald Green ink. You really do need a permanent ink when stamping in the same color as the card stock. Using my craft knife, I fussy cut the edges of the totem where I wanted to slip the Kiwi piece behind. I glued those two pieces together, trimmed the edges, added a thin green mat and glued all down to a white card base. I added our second ukulele gent with more foam tape. Though stamped and colored the same as all the other stamps, I really like my coloring on this guy. I think the yellow sarong works better than the purple sarong!

I couldn’t help but think of our large and small turtle stamps as a mom and her child…

Mother’s Day IS just around the corner! I took a piece of the Turquoise card stock in our kit and stenciled the water ripples using the stencil from the MMH April 2020 kit. I masked off the sky on that stencil and repeated the water stencil three times using Hero Arts Blue Hawaii (how appropriate) Reactive ink. I added a little sparkle to the water with some Sheer Shimmer Craft Spray, let it dry, and trimmed it down to 4″ x 5.25″. I added a thin blue mat behind that and glued those down to a White card base.

I stamped, colored and die-cut 4 more of the little turtles and arranged them on the card front using foam tape. I fussy cut the fishes with my craft knife, and glued them flat to the card front. I printed the sentiment using my Silhouette Software and the American Typewriter font on a scrap of white card stock and die cut that with a Lawn Fawn Everyday Sentiments die and added that to the card front with more foam tape.

Of course I had to use the “You’re turtley awesome!” sentiment from our stamp set. I stamped that on the inside of this card using the Blue Hawaii ink. This is a terrific pun and a fun Mother’s Day card! Love those little baby turtles..!!

I’m feeling the need for another “still life”… I have lots of images still to use from this kit!

And I haven’t used the Sand Embossing powder yet! I inked a piece of ivory card stock with VersaMark ink, and coved it all with the Sand embossing powder. When that was all melted with my heat gun, I die-cut it with a Lawn Fawn Stitched Hillside Borders die. I cut a 2″ piece of Blue card stock from my stash and embossed the water line stamp on the top edges (a few times) with some clear embossing powder.

I glued those two pieces together and down to a Hero Hues Arctic card base (from the MMH April 2019 Kit). I arranged the colored and die-cut images on the left of the sand with the cocktails popped up on foam tape (note the tiny flowers fussy cut and glued down by the pineapple – matches the tall cocktail!). I added the island and the hut and turned to my Silhouette software to create this pun-y sentiment. Very Hawaii-centric! This uses the Freehand 501 BT font along with the typewriter font. I printed that on a scrap of Ivory card stock, trimmed it to size, ink blended the edges with a little Vintage Photo Distress Oxide ink and added that to the card front with foam tape.

I do try to have a purpose for my cards – a simple pun isn’t always enough for me, so I added this common sentiment on the inside writing surface. Now this is a useful card!

Valentine’s Day is a couple days away, and I simply couldn’t resist this perfectly appropriate Hawaiian pun!

I stamped the island and the kids on Bristol Smooth card stock using HA Intense Black ink and colored this all with my Zig markers. I did do some palette painting with this – putting the markers on an acrylic block and picking up the color with a paint brush – but I was really pleased at the coverage I was able to get with those markers! Very watercolor-y!!

I printed this great pun directly on my painted panel using my Silhouette Software and the Antelope Island font. I die cut the card front and a mat using my HA Oval Infinity dies and glued them together. I took a plain red card base from my stash and stamped the hibiscus across the top and bottom using Vermillion Archival ink. I find using a permanent pigment ink in the same color as my card stock is a quicker way to create a tone-on-tone stamping than waiting for VersaMark ink to dry..! I mounted the card front with a die-cut piece of yellow fun foam for a touch of dimension. I LAVA THIS CARD!

I had another piece of the Sand embossing powder card stock from the Maui card, and another Arctic card base begging to be used!

I stamped the surfboard on a rainbow of card stock from my stash, added a touch of color to them all with alcohol markers and colored pencil, and fussy cut them out. I trimmed down my Sand piece to 2 1/8″ tall and backed that with a thin strip of the Turquoise card stock. I cut little slits in the sand to stand my surfboards up, and taped them in place on the back when I was happy with the arrangement.

The “congratulations” is from the HA Many Everyday Messages stamp set, stamped in Intense Black ink on the Arctic card base, and the birds are back with Soft Granite ink. I printed the pun-y sentiment on a scrap of Ivory card stock , die-cut it with another LF Everyday Messages die, inked the edges with Walnut Stain Distress Oxide ink, and used foam tape to mount it in place. I think this is a fun pun and perfect for a congrats card!

I have one more sentiment stamp to use in this kit. A minor pun, but a major card!

I guess you just HAVE to pair these two together! Thats a Turquoise mat on a White card base and our hula girl with the sentiment stamped in Intense black ink (clear embossed) on a white die-cut panel (LFSRdies). There is a tempting “pull” tab up on the right begging for a little attention…

Hula, hula… Hula hula… This makes me laugh! First I stamped and colored an extra skirt and fussy cut that out using my craft knife. I cut a 1/8″ piece of 110# card stock to be my lever, and cut a matching slot just below the waistband on the die-cut girl. I positioned her on the sentiment panel and copied that slot to the card front, and cut that out too.

I glued our hula girl to the card front and slid the 1/8″ lever through the slot – just enough to stay hidden behind the skirt. Then I glued the skirt to the lever matching the skirt position on the girl. I cut a 1/2″ piece of 110# card stock to be my pull tab. I positioned the pull tab where I wanted it, and punched a hole in the pull tab where the lever crossed, then fed the lever through the hole and folded it back on itself. That holds the lever in place while allowing the tab to move back and forth. Then it’s a matter of using foam tape on the back of the panel to create a path for the pull tab and room for the lever. I have a pretty good how-to for this card in my corresponding 10 Card I Kit video on YouTube – I think it explains the assembly nicely! This card is hula amazing! Love it!

That’s my 10 cards created with he My Monthly Hero February 2021 Kit. A bright, bold, colorful batch of cards sure to break through anyone’s winter doldrums!

We have a pretty good variety of useful cards here! A Valentine, Mother’s Day, Congrats, Thank you cards and more! I did manage to use every stamp and die in this kit and a lot of the card stock. I did use the embossing powder but I seem to have forgotten the washi tape. I’m not much of a washi tape crafter so I literally forgot about it till I was done. I contemplated adding it to a card until I realized the blooms on the washi tape are quite pink. I don’t have any quite pink cards here, so I’ll just add that roll to my stash!

I had so much fun with this kit without actually having to ink blend endless tropical horizons! Yea! Let me know which card(s) are your favorite! This kit is still available at Hero Arts, along with a lot of the coordinating releases! If you do go shopping with Hero Arts, please use my links… it is always greatly appreciated! Thank you!

I do have an extra kit this month for a free giveaway!! To enter, send an email to me before March First at cardcutups@gmail.com and tell me if you’ve ever been to Hawaii! I’ll announce the winner in my March video!

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Thank you so very much for sharing your time with me here. Remember to Like me, List me, Pin me, Post me, Share me with all your friends (Hawaiian and otherwise!) Don’t run with scissors…! I send you and yours Healthy Wishes and Cheerful Thoughts, and, as always, Happy Crafting!

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