This is Lizi’s “Fresh Start” Card kit – a perfect way to welcome in the new year! This kit is a bounty of beautiful roses with copious amounts of fun and unique materials to play with!
We get the usual 5 sheets of 8.5″ x 11″ card stock in Mint, Soft Grey, Super-smooth alcohol marker-friendly White, Bright Pink, and Cream. We are also treated to a sheet of printed vellum with this soft, lovely rose pattern in a vintage style layout.
Our “Fresh Start” pattern paper pad sports 16 sheets of 6″ x 6″ single-sided pages – very thick and sturdy card stock here. We have an assortment of florals and floral patterns, a few cut-apart sheets, and some small dotted patterns perfect for backgrounds. NOTE: The cover sheet for this pack of paper says there are 24 sheets but there are only 16 – rest assured that you are not missing any sheets!
We get a NEW color of pin-stripe peel offs this month – Mink Mirror with a silver lining. ALMOST pink! LOL!! The “Fresh Start” stamp set features two blooms and a small arrangement, along with a couple of leafy branches and 5 mini stamps (2 blooms 3 leaves). There are also four sentiment stamps: “Good Luck”, “Miss You”, “Fresh Start”, and “Happy Birthday”. I’m always thrilled to get a new Lizi stencil and this month we get a 6″ x 6″ “Poker” stencil with a terrific dot pattern. The mini stamps are supposed to fit inside the dots on this stencil… many intriguing possibilities there…!!
We also get a big pack of ephemera!! More than 40 pieces of sturdy card stock with all the roses and florals you could ask for! I see lots of layering in our future…!!!
That brings us to the rest of the embellishments! Counter-clockwise from top right: MATCHING DIES!! YAAAAY!!! We get dies for the three bloom stamps, and three nesting circle dies (I believe the middle one fits the Poker stencil dots) and a banner die sized to fit the sentiments in the stamp set. Love my matching dies!! We get a new sheet of Enamel Glitter dots matched to the ribbon pack with light and dark green and a nice cheery red in 3/8″ satin – a meter length for all five colors!
Our sample “Fresh Start” sequin mix has mint, pink, vanilla, gold and see through petrol sequins in assorted sizes. And last but not least… “Fresh Start” Vellum alphabet tiles! Aren’t those fascinating!? There are 93 tiles of vellum with the entire alphabet (and a number of ampersands) printed on them and embellished with floral accents. These measure 3″ x 4″ and are printed with extra clarity and opacity. These should prove to be perfect stash builders for us alphabet or monogram collectors!
I did receive the add-on peel off bundles this month. The Variety peel off bundle has Clear iridescent glitter Straight, Gold mirror Circles, Pink iridescent Hearts, and Mauve mirror pin-stripe sheets. The pin-stipe bundle is full of greens – Jade, Grass, Mint moondust, and Spearmint. Gotta love those peel offs!
Lizi is releasing a lot of the components of this kit separately as well, in case you’d like to stock up on the pattern papers or alphabet tiles, etc. Subscribers can add extra product to their kit orders through early morning January 4th without incurring extra shipping charges. And if you DO go shopping with Lizi, please use my links!
Thank you so much for sharing your time with me here! Thank you so very much for all the support you have shown me this year! I send you and yours blessings for a Happy and Healthy Holiday and look forward to seeing you in 2021!
Hello Folks! Scott here with a new Scor-Pal Project for you! When Diana Crick and and I started this series in August, we kinda jumped right in and started making boxes and boxes and more boxes…! We never really took the time to demonstrate the unending possibilities that a Scor-Pal gives to us crafters. Let’s get to know our Score-Pal!
I have the Score-Pal Eighths which is the latest version, and features scoring grooves at every eighth of an inch. I love that! If you have a hard time navigating all those grooves, an extra fine point Sharpie will fit inside the grooves and you can make some reference lines at every inch to help you navigate the board – there are printed markings on the Score-Pal at 3″, 6″, and 9″ but a solid reference line at every inch can be very helpful!
I used to have to remind myself that there is a magnet under Diana’s signature on the top of the board, but I do like to keep a couple mini-clothespins there to hold parts and pieces together when gluing. The metal springs on the clothespins cling easily to the magnet!
There are some markings on the top rule – a dot at 2 1/8″, an asterisk at 4 1/4″ and another dot at 6 3/8″. Naturally the 4 1/4″ asterisk is for folding an 8 1/2″ piece of card stock in half. I cut my card stock to 5 1/2″ x 8 1/4″, score it at 4 1/4″ and get a perfect A2 card. For top folding cards, I like to take a whole piece of card stock and score the long side at 5 1/2″ (I do have a red dot above my 5 1/2″ measure – you can see it in the pic below). Then I fold the card stock sheet in half, and then cut that in half (at 4 1/4″) and that gives me two top folding card bases with just one scoring.
The two dots at 2 1/8″ and 6 3/8″ are reference points to score and fold a gate-fold A2 card. With the long side of your 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ card base at the top, score along the two black dots to make a perfect gate-fold card.
You can see I have added my own black dots above the rule at 3 5/8″ and 7 3/8″. On older Scor-Pals, these two measurements are marked with inverted triangles. These are reference points to score a full sheet of paper into a tri-fold style brochure. That could work for a tri-fold slimline card as well…! I might just have to give that a try!!
Now there’s a huge number of embossing folders, and background dies for creating patterns and adding texture to the background of your cards. But there is a large assortment of decorative patterns that you can achieve on your backgrounds with your Scor-Pal! I’d like to show you a number of them – I’m sure there are more!!
This CrissCross pattern is one of my favorites! Put your card stock face down on the diagonal (I’m using 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ 110# card stock) aligning the top point and bottom point on the 6 inch mark. Score at 5 1/2″, 5 3/4″, 6″, 6 1/4″, and 6 1/2″. Turn your card stock 90 degrees so the opposite corners align with the 6″ mark, and repeat the same scoring. I really like this simple pattern and it works GREAT with color core card stock and a little sanding to expose the core.
I also have the Score-Bug which creates dotted embossed lines. Takes some practice, but it proves to be an extremely useful tool as well!
Here’s an Argyle pattern using the Scor-Bug and Scor-Tool. Align your card stock on the diagonal the same as the CrissCross pattern (at the 6″ mark) and score with your Scor-Tool at 3″, 4″, 5″, 6″, 7″, 8″, and 9″. Move your card stock away from the top fence so you are using the middle of the board, still aligned on the 6″ mark. Using the Scor-Bug roll the tool up or down following the grooves at 3 1/2″, 4 1/2″, 5 1/2″, 6 1/2″, 7 1/2″, and 8 1/2″. Turn the card stock 90 degrees, align the corners on the 6″ mark again, and repeat the same scoring instructions. I really like the effect that Scor-Bug delivers!
This Chair Rail Border is a terrific addition to any indoor scene! With the short side of my card stock along the top fence, I scored at 2 1/8″, and 2 3/8″ for the top rail. I turned the card stock 90 degrees and scored the panels at every half inch mark, stopping at the bottom score of the rail. Rescore the horizontal lines to improve the over all look. This pattern works on the embossed side (shown) or reversed to the de-bossed side.
This Pillow Ticking pattern is simple but fairly stunning! With the short side of your card stock on the top left corner of the Scor-Pal, score at every 1/2″ mark with your Scor-tool. Using the Scor-Bug, start at the 1/4″ mark on the board and score every half an inch – 1/4″, 3/4″, 1 1/4″, 1 3/4″, etc. cover ing the width of the paper. I really like the versatility of this!
Here’s a straightforward Box Plaid pattern. With the short side of card stock in the top left corner of the Scor-Pal, I scored at 1/4″, 1″, 1 1/4″, 2″, 2 1/4″, 3″, 3 1/4″, and 4″. Rotate your paper so the long side is at the top and score at 1/8″, 3/8″, 1 1/8″, 1 3/8″, 2 1/8″, 2 3/8″, 3 1/8″, 3 3/8″, 4 1/8″, 4 3/8″, 5 1/8″, and 5 3/8″. That will center your box plaid on your card stock and this can be trimmed down to any size you need. Very sharp, neat and clean!
Here’s a simple plaid with extra Scor-Bug detailing. With the short side in the top corner of your Scor-Pal, score at 1/8″, 1 1/8″, 2 1/8″, 3 1/8″, 4 1/8″. Pull your paper away from the top fence and roll the Scor-Bug up or down at 5/8″, 1 5/8″, 2 5/8″, 3 5/8″. Rotate your paper 90 degrees and score at 1″, 2″, 3″, 4″, and 5″. Pull your paper away from the top fence and roll the Score-Bug at 1/2″, 1 1/2″, 2 1/2″, 3 1/2″ and 4 1/2″. This feels like Tartan Plaid to me!
This Sunbeam pattern is also a favorite of mine. Align your card stock on the diagonal at the 6″ mark and score right down the center from point to point. Then move the bottom corner 1/2″ right or left, keeping the top point at 6″, and score along the 6″ line again. Continue moving the bottom point 1/2″ right and left and scoring on the 6″ line as many times as you like – on this piece I did 4 scores to the right and left of the center score, but you can fill up the whole card panel if you like. This would look great embossed on color-core card stock and lightly sanded.
Here’s an easy Brick pattern that looks terrific! Score your horizontal lines every 1/2″, then rotate your card stock and score the bricks at every inch – taking your Score-Tool from one line to the next, being careful not to score over that line. Alternate the brick rows 1/2″ and you can create this embossed Brick Road in no time at all! You can also rescore the horizontal lines to neaten up the verticals that go a touch too far.
We can also create custom envelopes using your Score-Pal as well. The Scor-Envi Template makes envelope making a breeze and it has a variety of envelope sizes and instructions printed directly on the template. Not only is this a great template for creating envelopes for odd-sized cards, but it also dresses up a standard card with a matching envelope! Let’s do a standard A2 envelope first.
For an A2 envelope, we start with an 8″ square piece of pattern paper. Place your Scor-Envi template in the top right corner of your Score-Pal (there is a raised line of the back of the template that fits into the 11 7/8″ groove of the Scor-Pal). Line your paper up with the edge of the template putting your points along the 6″ mark. Score your paper at 3″ and 9″ and then rotate 90 degrees and line your paper up again. This time we score at 3 3/4″ and 8 1/4″.
These four score lines will create little triangles where they intersect. Simply trim those triangles away and fold up your envelope along the score lines.
I do like to round the corners on the top and bottom flaps using any corner rounder. Score-Pal has a terrific Kadomaru Corner Cutter that cuts three different radius with one tool – 3mm, 5mm, and 8mm. I used the large 8mm punch for the corners on this envelope.
The bottom flap is longer than the sides, so I’ll add my 1/4″ Scor-Tape to the bottom edges of the side flaps to assemble the envelope. This keeps me from glueing the envelope shut!
I have a 5 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ card sitting on my desk that needs an envelope – there are a variety of square envelope sizes printed on the Scor-Envi template too. I start with a 9″ x 9″ square of pattern paper, line it up with the template and score at 3″ and 9″, rotate 90 degrees, score again at 3″ and 9″. Trim off the triangles, and fold up your envelope.
All four flaps are equal on a square envelope so I add my Score-Tape to the bottom flap for assembling the envelope together. I do love making matching envelopes for special cards intended for special people.
That will wrap up our Getting to Know Your Scor-Pal post. I hope this has been enlightening and instructive and I hope you’ll give some of these techniques a try! There truly is no end to the versatility of your Scor-Pal – it’s not just for folding cards anymore!
This will conclude our Scor-Pal series for this year. We are going to take the first part of 2021 off but hope to be back the second half of the next year with more fun projects using your Scor-Pal and assorted accessories.
Thank you so much for joining me here, You have truly blessed me all year long with your support and encouragement! Here’s to a bright, big, beautiful tomorrow and a Happy New Year to you and yours! Please remember to Like me, List me, Pin me, Post me, Share this post with all your crafty friends, Please keep yourself and your loved ones safe and healthy this holiday season, and, as always, I send you blessings of Peace, Health, Love and Happy Crafting!
Hello Folks! Scott here with my 10 Cards I Kit post featuring the My Monthly Hero December 2020 Kit. I am SO PLEASED to announce that Hero Arts has added me to their team as a Video Artist! If you’d like to see the big blog announcement please click HERE. I couldn’t ask for a more terrific Christmas Present!! WOO-HOO!!
This month’s kit is an uplifting harbinger of a new (and better) year on the horizon!
We get a 6″ x 8″ Clear Stamp Set featuring a layering stamp sky with clouds, sun and sunbeams, a terrific flock of birds and a few encouraging sentiments. We also get a Hope Word Fancy Die, a Cloud Fancy Die, and a Cloud Window Die. That Hope Word die looks amazing! Then we are treated to 4 Reactive Ink Cubes (Early Dawn, Morning Mist, Yellow Chartreuse, Thistle) and a 0.5 oz. pot of Yellow Prisma Embossing Powder with lots of glitter and shine!
To begin with, I die-cut all the dies from some scrap grey card stock in my stash just to see what we were working with here… The Cloud Window die inspired my first card.
I grabbed a white card base and ink blended some HA Lemon Drop Reactive ink and the Early Dawn ink cube on the front of my card base. Then I stamped the half-circle (sun) and the large sunray stamp using HA Embossing and Watermark ink, added the Yellow Prisma embossing powder, and heat set that till smooth and shiny. I added a little shading to the grey window die-cut with my Spectrum Noir alcohol markers, inked the edges with Pumice Stone Distress ink and stamped the sentiment using HA Intense Black ink, and clear embossed them. I attached the window panel to the card front with foam tape, and added the Cloud Fancy die-cut to the top of the opening. We can all use a little HOPE right now…! That’s the only thing that has gotten me through this year. Love those thin delicate lines in the sunbeam stamp and the glitter in the embossing powder! The grey clouds and colorful sky certainly drive the point home!
I wanted to see if I could adapt that window-die to work on a landscape card… and, of course, I’m itching to use that HOPE word die!
This works beautifully! I die-cut some white card stock to 4.25″ x 5.5″ with a Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangle die, and used partial die-cutting to cut half of the window die from the right and left sides of the panel. I simply marked the center line of the window die and used that as my guide to die-cut the two halves. Then it was easy to connect the two halves on top by cutting a straight line, and I completed the bottom of the window by partially die-cutting the Cloud fancy die between the two sides of the window die. I was more that happy with how that turned out!!
The Hope Word Fancy die is in two pieces – an inner die and and outline die. I used them together to die-cut the words from some black card stock, and used the outline die to cut a piece of yellow watercolor pattern paper from my stash for the background. That makes it much easier than piecing in all those separate little pieces. I glued the black frame to the yellow watercolor, and decided we needed a touch of sparkle on this word, so I die-cut another frame from some Black Tie glitter paper and glued that on top of the original black outline. That added a little more dimension as well as some nice sparkle.
I cut a piece of blue watercolor pattern paper to go behind the window and glued that to a white card base, glued the cloud window on top of that, and mounted the HOPE word at the center with some foam tape. I like that this window actually encompasses the whole word, and fills up a landscape orientation nicely!
I wasn’t content to leave this simple sentiment on it’s own, so I stamped the “it’s a new day” on the inside of the card using HA Intense Black ink. I really like the larger window on this card, and that HOPE word die is pretty stunning. Kind of looks like a stained glass window!
Okay, that covers all the dies in this kit… let’s move on to those stamps!
To begin with, I stamped the three layering stamps using the Early Dawn, Morning Mist and Thistle ink cubes – just to get an idea of how these stamps and colors worked together.
Good to know that there is still some white in the clouds… we should be able use that to our advantage! I went back to my grey cloud idea from my first card.
On another piece of grey card stock I stamped the second and third cloud layering stamps with the Thistle and Morning Mist inks… just letting the gray card stock fill in the rest. I added the flock of birds at the top using both inks, and stamped the sentiment with the Thistle ink and embossed that with some clear embossing powder. I die-cut the stamped panel with another LFSR die, glued it to a thin white mat, then to a thicker pink mat and then to a thin purple mat before gluing all the layers down to my white card base. Love that sentiment – it should prove useful for many reasons beyond this crappy year!
Interesting… the radiant “o” doesn’t have to be the sun… here it works perfectly well as the highlight for a green heart gem!
After coloring the die-cut segments with my Zig markers, I die cut a frame from my Black Tie glitter card stock. I printed the “CHOOSE” sentiment directly on the white card base using my Silhouette software and the DIN Alternate font. Then I glued the black frame in place and added the colored segments, and the heart gem. I love this sentiment, this color palette, and the gem… makes me think of the Hope Diamond – though that’s pale blue, not green, and naturally MUCH larger!!
I wondered if I could use the half-circle and the sunbeam stamps to make a whole sun…
I did use the half-circle stamp along with Lemon Drop and Creamsicle Reactive inks to stamp the sun, taking care not to over-ink the center line… I don’t think that’s a perfect half-circle stamp… seems a tiny bit oval instead of perfectly round… but it works for me!! I stamped the small sunbeam stamp above and below the circle with the Creamsicle ink, trying to get a touch lighter at the outer edges, and stamped the big sunbeams with the Lemon Drop ink. Using both of the sunbeam stamps together really works well for adding some depth to the stamping! Sentiments stamped in Intense Black ink. No clouds, just lots and lots of sunshine – a perfect greeting card for friends living in the Pacific Northwest!
I’ve used all the stamps and dies in this kit already – that was fast! – but there is more!
I printed the “you are my” on the card front using my Silhouette Software (remember, that software is free!) and the Century Gothic font (I believe that’s a perfect match for the block sentiments in this kit) and finished that out with the “sunshine” sentiment stamped in Intense Black ink.
I stamped the smaller sunbeams at the horizon, with Morning Mist ink, and then the larger sunbeam stamp with embossing ink and embossed that with the Yellow Prism embossing powder… the ‘ocean’ seemed a little tranquil to me, so I grabbed the MMH July 2019 kit and stamped and embossed the water ripples with more Yellow Prism embossing powder. Finally, I lightly blended some Squeezed Lemonade into the sun and water reflection. I realize the sun’s reflection on the water isn’t very realistic, but I wanted to really highlight the sentiment, and I’m very pleased with our little scene here!
That MMH July 2019 stamp set also has a layering mountain stamp… sounds perfect…
Some Purple Mountains Majesty…!! On a panel of 4.25″ x 5.5″ white card stock , I stamped the mountains in Thistle ink and the layering stamp with HA Unicorn White ink. I masked off the mountains (there is a die for that in the 7/19 kit) and blended the sky with Squeezed Lemonade Distress oxide ink, and stamped the two cloud stamps with Faded Jeans Distress Oxide ink and the Morning Mist Reactive ink. Then I stamped and embossed the sunbeams the same as the previous card.
I took a white card base (Neenah Solar White 110# card stock) and die-cut the window die on the front panel and stamped the sentiment with Faded Jeans Distress Oxide ink and embossed that with some clear embossing powder. I trimmed a little off the side of the stamped panel, and glued that behind the card front. I think the mountains add a lot to this and work well with the stamps and dies in this kit! And I really like the inked panel glued behind the card front – it adds the look of dimension without using any foam tape.
Thanks to some new Cosmic Shimmer Crystal Tints, I was able to come up with this actual see-through stained glass window effect… I’m thrilled how well this works!
I die cut the outlines from black card stock with Scor Tape covering the back – I wanted to be able to glue the outline to some acetate and not have to worry about the colors seeping underneath. Then I simply filled in the spaces using the Crystal Tints. A little bit fussy making sure the color got into the thin openings on the ‘O’, but fairly easy to work with for my first time using this product! And the results are worth the fuss!
I took a 4.25″ x 5.5″ panel of white card stock and die-cut the HOPE outline in the center of that, matched it to the front of my card base, and die-cut the same outline through the card front. I glued the acetate to the card front and covered it over with the die-cut panel. I did add one more layer of the black outline on top (covers any mess from the Crystal Tints) and added another black outline die-cut on the inside (backwards) to make the inside of the card smooth and clean. LOVE THIS SO MUCH! I would recommend the card recipient cuts this card in half and mounts the front to a sunny window!
It appears I got a little obsessed with the stained glass approach using the Hope Word die and made all my outlines in black… but I wondered how this die would look WITHOUT using the outline at all!
That works better than I thought it would! I die-cut the Hope Word die from white card stock, lightly taped down the outline on a 4.25″ x 5.5″ panel of my blue watercolor pattern paper, and glued all the pieces into their proper positions. I took care to use just enough liquid glue to hold the pieces down without gluing the outline down as well. Then I just removed the outline and voila! Reads perfectly well without the outline!
I printed the extra sentiment on a scrap of white card stock using the Century Gothic font and trimmed it to a small banner before gluing it down to the card front. I really like this sentiment and the clean simplicity of this card!
Now for something completely different…! I hadn’t used the Yellow Chartreuse ink cube from this kit yet, and thought it would be fun to use all the inks together. The only stamp in this set that I thought would work to create a pattern was the half-circle sun stamp…
On a 4.25″ x 5.5″ panel of white card stock, and using my HA MISTI, I stamped this pattern using all four of the inks from this kit. It took a little bit of time, but was fairly easy enough to accomplish. All of the half-circle stamping is 1.25″ apart. I stamped the vertical rows first, and the horizontal rows second. My own pattern paper! I trimmed the stamped panel down to 4″ x 5.25″ and glued that to a white card base.
I dug out this old Darice “thank you” die from my stash (one of the largest sentiments dies I have), cut it out three times from white card stock, and glued them together to make a nice chunky sentiment. I just used the Thistle ink cube directly on the glued up sentiment to color the top layer – that worked extremely well – I’ll remember that technique when I want a die-cut sentiment colored with matching ink! I glued the sentiment to the card front and we have a delightful, colorful, almost retro, thank you card! Lovely!
That covers all my 10 cards using the MMH December 2020 kit. This month Hero Arts seems to have struck a nerve with their followers and sold out this kit in just a day or two! I did manage to use every stamp and die in this kit on these 10 cards – WOO-HOO!
I think right now, we are all feeling the need for some hope and optimism about the coming year. Thankfully, a vaccine has just been approved and I HOPE we can start clawing our way out from under this damn pandemic. Heaven knows we need to get back to some semblance of sanity! I am truly overjoyed at being invited to join the Hero Arts team this month, but I DO need to get back to work!! I think we all do!!
Thank you so much for sharing your time with me here! I appreciate every moment you spend with me! If you DO go shopping at Hero Arts, please use my links as it truly helps keep our heads above water in these unprecedented times: HERO ARTS
Please take care of yourselves and your love ones… this virus is kind of running rampant right now, and I hope (there’s that word again!) everyone will stay safe and healthy over the holidays. I send you and yours heartfelt blessings and wish you all Joy, Health and Happiness for the coming year. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR ALL YOUR SUPPORT AND ENCOURAGEMENT – you have blessed me immeasurably this year and it means the world to me. Please remember to Like me, List me, Pin me, Post me, Share me with all your friends… Have a HAPPY HOLIDAY and as always, I wish you Happy crafting!
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Hello Folks! Scott here with a fun holiday card to announce a new Peel Off FREE SHIPPING special at Love From Lizi. This weekend (Friday, Saturday, Sunday) if you put 20 (or more) peel off sheets in your cart (ONLY peel offs!) you’ll receive FREE SHIPPING!
I love Lizi’s Peel Offs and turn to them frequently for a little extra shine or embellishment on my cards. But they do more than outline layers and create frames!
I die cut the ornament with a Hero Arts Nesting Circle infinity die and added a simple topper die-cut from some silver card stock. A silver cord runs wraps around the top of the white panel and is glued to a green card base. A simple double-bow adds a nice touch to finish out our ornament. No sentiment on the front… It’s on the inside!
There’s a fun pun for a holiday card! This is printed on white card stock using the Henny Penny font, die cut and glued to the inside of the card. I wish you all Plaid Tidings!
Lizi has peel offs in a huge assortment of colors and finishes and styles – pin-stripe, straight, sway, bubble, assorted shapes, and I can attest to the fact that I haven’t gone through a whole sheet of peel offs ever… they last a really long time!
If you want to add to your stash this is the perfect time! The Free Shipping Black Friday Peel Off special offer runs Saturday, Sunday and Monday GMT – that would be 7pm Thursday – 7pm Sunday EST (New York). Remember, you can only have peel offs in your cart to get the free shipping! Here’s a link to take you straight to Lizi’s Peel Off page: http://shrsl.com/2n3w7
Thanks so much for joining me today! I wish you all a Happy, Healthy, and Hearty Holiday Season! Make sure to Like me, List me, Pin me, Post me, Share this with all your crafty friends… don’t run with carving knives… and as always… HAPPY CRAFTING!
Hello Folks! Scott here with my 10 cards post featuring the Love From Lizi November 2020 Card Kit! Winter holidays is the theme this month with a unique stamp set and pattern papers, lots of embellishments, and gobs of ephemera. I am in the holiday spirit!
As usual, I cut the five sheets of colored card stock in half to make my ten card bases. My eye was drawn to the reindeer stamp, so that’s where I started.
I stamped the sentiment using VersaFine ink and embossed it with some clear embossing powder, and I added a flurry of small snowflake sequins for some glimmer and shine. I die-cut the panel with a Lawn Fawn Stitched rectangle die, added a thin light blue mat from my stash and glued those down to a Navy card base. If you take some care with this reverse-stamping technique, it certainly produces great results! LOVE IT!
How about those short little penguins on our stamp set? And a pun!
This one makes me laugh! I don’t think anything waddles quite as much as a penguin! And this guy is on a mini Action Wobbler too, so he, literally, waddles..!!! He is stamped on Bristol card stock with Versafine ink and colored with my Zig markers. I did fussy cut him with a thin white border. I cut a piece of the penguin pattern paper to 2″ x 5″, added a thin black mat and (because the pattern paper is pink) glued that to a Pink card base.
I created this sentiment using my Silhouette software and the Cooper Black font, and printed it on a scrap of card stock before die-cutting it with a HA Circle infinity die. I die-cut a black mat with the next size larger die and glued them both together. I glued those to the card front and outlined the inner circle with the thinnest iridescent Peel off from the kit. Some pink glitter enamel dots and more snowflake sequins add a touch of winter and a little sparkle. I like that this isn’t necessarily a winter or Christmas card!
I stamped, colored and cut the smaller penguin along with the big guy here for this one.
I thought this little fellow fit this ephemera igloo perfectly, and that gave me a reason to use the snowy acetate sheet in the kit and make a shaker card! To begin with, I stamped the Marine Blue card base with the snowy infinity stamp from Lizi’s Nov. 2018 kit using HA Unicorn White ink and embossed that with some clear embossing powder. I think I might have over heated that embossing in spots. I should have used VersaMark ink and white embossing powder..! Anyway…
I did cut a piece of white card stock to go behind the printed part of this acetate sheet – it’s glued to the acetate along the edges but not across the top so sequins can get down there too! I die cut the frame and sentiment from some core-dinations glitter card stock, and glued those on top of the acetate. I added foam strips around the perimeter and along the printed snow, added a bunch of those snowflake sequins and glued that down to the card base. I glued the igloo ephemera on top of the acetate and “decorated” it with some old Simon Says Stamp Colorful Confetti sequins. I added one more ‘ornament’ to the little penguin’s hand and mounted him up on some foam tape. Cheerful and SHINY!!
We have a stamp of that “arctic fox” featured in the pattern papers and ephemera…
I colored her “den” almost straight black originally and didn’t care for that, so I cut out that section, and did some alcohol marker coloring on the dark brown mat below to give us some dimension into ‘home’. I die cut that panel with a LFSRD, and glued that to the dark brown mat (with the shading in the opening), and embossed the sentiment using Cracked Pistachio Distress Oxide ink and clear embossing powder. I cut this piece of pattern paper to 4″ x 5.25″ and glued it to a Mint Green card base, and added the card front on top. That’s a pretty stamp but I might shorten some of those tail hairs next time I stamp it.
That covers all the image stamps in our set… let’s play with some of that great ephemera!
On the Soft Grey card base, I added two strips of pattern paper – the stripes (<1″) are from the paper that has the kissing polar bears, and the snow (2″) is from the border pattern paper. I thought they went perfectly together – so much so, that I didn’t even try to disguise the seam. I stamped the sentiment with VersaMark ink and embossed it with Lizi’s Cherry Red embossing Powder. I mounted the ephemera polar bears with foam tape and finished this card with some Red Glitter Peel offs. Love how the heart on the stamp nestles in perfectly between their noses! Nothing holiday here either!
And we got all those walrus ephemera pieces – I must have gotten at least a dozen!
This card tickles me too! I cut pattern paper and white card stock with a 2.75″ x 4″ LFSRD and pieced them together for my background – 2.25″ on top and 1.75″ for the bottom. I glued that to a thin black mat and embossed the sentiment using Cracked Pistachio Distress Oxide ink and clear embossing powder. Using three ephemera pieces, I did a small amount of “decoupage” here – the igloo with the two walrus is attached to the background with foam tape and then two more walrus are mounted on top with more foam tape – that’s three layers!
I did trim some of the white border away from our Wilford Brimley walrus along his chest – the individual walrus ephemera are a tad bigger than the igloo walrus so I had to squeeze them together a little bit! Some large white snowflake sequins from my stash nestle behind the card front on the Mint Green card base and a few small snowflake sequins around the igloo wraps this up nicely. Kind of the perfect illustration of this sentiment I think! LOL!
We got a large variety of penguin ephemera in this kit as well… another pun?
Might be a bit of a groaner here, but it makes me laugh and sing! Again, pattern paper and white card stock die cut with a LFSRD – partial die cutting to get a piece that’s 3.75″ x 3.25″. There’s only 5/8″ of snow on the bottom of that. The background is glued to a thin mat of Black Tie glitter paper. The tree is two of the matching ephemera trees – one had the tiny deer at the bottom – I trimmed the white border on the top tree to blend in with the bottom tree and glued them together and down to the background. I trimmed the white border on our penguins’ hands to blend the three of them together as well.
I printed this pun-y sentiment on the Soft Pink card stock using the Noteworthy font. I trimmed the pink tree border pattern paper down to a couple of 1.5″ strips and glued those in place on the card base, I outlined both of them with some LFL Black Glitter Peel offs and glued my background piece down in the center. To drive home the Christmas sentiment, I added some pink jewels from the Studio Katia Cupid’s Kiss crystal pack to the tree, and mounted the penguins with foam tape. Cute, quite pink, but cute! Fun Pun!
There was also a good deal of those bunny ephemera pieces too… hmmm lots of bunnies…
Once I sorted these bunnies out I realized that they made quite a family. So that’s exactly the task I set them to here! On a Navy card base, I embossed the sentiment at the top with VersaMark ink and embossed that with white embossing powder.
I sorted the bunnies into a vague hierarchy and attached them all with foam tape. I printed the sentiment on the inside writing surface using the Raustila font. Perfect Christmas card for anyone with a large family – or a bunny fetish!!
I was playing around with the wood-veneer die-cut trees in our embellishment bag, when it occurred to me that we make wreaths with the branches of trees… what if …
We make a wreath of trees! Almost like your standing in a forest looking straight up at the treetops! I colored all the wood-veneer die-cut trees with Cracked Pistachio, Peeled Paint and Forest Moss Distress Oxide inks. I die-cut a 2.5″ wreath shape from some dark green card stock with a couple infinity circle dies and glued the trees to that – spacing them out evenly. I die-cut a piece of pattern paper with a LFSRD, and matted that on the same dark green card stock – but not before I die cut the sentiment from the center of that mat. The matted background is then glued to the Soft Grey card base. I added little star sequins to the trees, and mounted the wreath with some foam tape. I used my Spectrum Noir Sparkle pen to add a touch of glitter to the sentiment and glued that to the card front. I added a simple bow from our ribbon pack and a small crystal tree by the sentiment. Those trees make for a unique yet highly logical wreath! Really nice and sparkly!
I was determined to figure out a way to use the little polar bears die… I like this idea!
I partially die cut the polar bears at the top of a white card stock panel, trimmed away the heart wreath part, and just continued their snowbank to the ends of the panel. I trimmed that panel down to 3.25″ x 4.5″ (to the top of the bears). I cut a piece of dark blue card stock from my stash to 3.75″ x 5″ – that will frame our die-cut piece perfectly! I did die-cut the sentiment from the center of that panel and then die-cut the stars from the top using the Lawn Fawn Starry Skies die.
I glued the white panel to the dark blue panel and down to the Marine Blue card base. I glued the sentiment and the ephemera tree to the card front, fussy cut the kissing polar bears from their pattern paper and mounted them with foam tape. I also took the die-cut stars from the background panel and scattered them around on the white panel. I really like this card a lot and think this was a fun way to use that polar bears die! And now I have managed to use all the dies in our kit too!
I did manage to use every stamp in our stamp set, I used 8 of the 16 pattern papers, so I have 8 more untouched, I used some of the peel offs, the glitter enamel dots, the wooden trees, a ribbon, one of the acetate sheets, a bunch of the ephemera, and all four dies. I used all of the colored card stock but, since I wasn’t doing any alcohol marker coloring, I didn’t use any of the White alcohol marker friendly card stock and I don’t believe I used any of the sequins this month. I guess my little snowflake sequins distracted me! That’s a pretty good use of all the elements in this kit! You can betcha any extras from this kit 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 capture your imagination or given you some new ideas and you go shopping with Lizi, please use my links! That helps support this site and helps keep my head above water! Thank You!
Due to the late release of this kit, along with supplier slow-downs and increasing Covid-19 restrictions, Love From Lizi is going to skip her December 2020 Card Kit this year. Lizi has added a couple Mega-Packs and Special Edition Kits this month for those of us who can’t make it to the new year! Look for the new Love From Lizi January 2020 Card Kit to be released December 19th… if the fates allow!
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Hello Folks! Scott here with my 10 cards created with the MMH November 2020 kit. This kit is inspired by classic linocut art which I remember doing in High School art class. Carving on the back of linoleum a negative image to make a positive stamp – kind of the poor man’s wood block printing! And we get new Masking dies!
Our 6″ x 8″ stamp set features all these great block print images and 2 backgrounds along with 10 sentiments, an ampersand and a short leafy border. We get 5 coordinating Frame Cuts and 6 coordinating Masking Cuts – those dies will cut out the stamped images right on the outline – no white border! That means you can stamp your image, die-cut a mask, mask your stamped image and stamp a background on top – preserving your original stamp. That’s amazing!
We also get a new Ombre stamp pad – “Winter Sky” (Blue Hawaii, Thistle, and Splash Reactive ink colors). A roll of Red Vine washi tape and a pack of Winter Forest sequins. This looks like fun! Obviously others think so too… this kit has sold out already!
I decided to dive in and start layering right away – it seems that this kit is begging for it!
I stamped the snowman in the middle of a white card base with Hero Arts Intense Black ink, and die-cut a snowman mask from my Inkadinkado stamping mask paper, and laid that over the stamping – it covers the image perfectly. Using my HA MISTI, I positioned the background over the mask and stamped it with the Winter Sky ombre ink pad – I did stamp it about three times so I started to lose the lighter colored Thistle (the purple) in the middle…
When I was happy with the stamping, I removed the snowman mask and there he was! Perfectly stamped in that background! I stamped the two snowflakes a few times using Splash ink and masking the background with sticky notes. I added some color to my snowman with my colored pencils, and stamped and die-cut the snowballs before gluing them to the base of my snowman. I first thought this stamp was berries to go along with the holly leaves, but realized they could just as easily be snowballs !
I stamped the sentiment using Blue Hawaii ink and embossed that with some Clear embossing powder. Finally, I added a few snowflake sequins from the Winter Forest mix, and WOW! This card makes me so happy! I love these stamps and dies! I think this kit really plays into my own artistic sensibilities – you know I like my vignettes!
I wanted to see how these stamps held up on their own – without a background…
I think this really looks like a wood block print! So simple and so sweet! I stamped the bird with HA Cup O’ Joe ink, die-cut the matching mask from my masking paper and masked off the bird, then I stamped the branch with HA Moss ink. Remove the mask and our birdie is standing right on that branch! I stamped the assembled sentiment (I really like the included ampersand) with more Cup O’ Joe and added a few heart sequins from my stash for a touch of color and shine. Love AND Joy and great stamps!
Let’s try some more layering with the round leafy background circle.
I stamped the owl first with Cup O’ Joe ink – masked that off and stamped the branch with Moss ink – masked that off and stamped the background – the Winter Sky ombre ink worked better here I think because this background is shorter than the rectangle one, so you’re not shimmying the stamp pad back and forth so much. I embossed a HA Circle infinity die around the stamping for a nice textural ‘frame’, and stamped the sentiment in Cup O’ Joe ink. I thought the branch was getting lost among the leaves of the background, so I die-cut and stamped another branch using Moss ink and colored the branch part with a Tombow Marker. I glued that over the stamped branch and I think you can see the branch a little better that way! I love the nice pun here… and not even a holiday card!
I found it very easy to die-cut your Masking dies in some thick card stock, put the negative in your MISTI, line up your stamp in the opening – it will practically ‘click’ right in! Pick up the stamp with the lid, add your positive die-cut piece back into the negative opening and stamp away. I actually die cut all six of the Masking dies on one sheet of 110# card stock to use as a template for stamping multiple copies of all the images!
I’m not sure what inspired this card, but I know I stamped one house in the center of this card base and thought it seemed lonely all by itself!
I stamped the houses in Cup O’ Joe and Sand Stone inks, and added spots of color with my colored pencils. I was struck by the similarity of the Red Vine washi tape and the short border stamp, so I stamped the garland twice above and below the houses with Moss ink and added a strip of washi tape next to both – notice both pairs go in two directions – top to the left, bottom to the right. I think that really compliments the houses so well! To finish up this cozy card, I stamped the sentiment with Sand Stone ink. Again, so simple… but it makes me smile and gives me the warm fuzzies..!
Let’s look at that Christmas tree stamp – seems like it belongs on the hill in the rectangle…
Another terrific little vignette card! I stamped the tree in HA Moss ink and left the tree stamp parked in my MISTI. Then I masked off the tree and stamped the rectangle background. I used the individual ink pads for this background instead of the ombre pad and I was able to maintain the Thistle in the middle. Once I was happy with the background, I removed the tree mask and re-stamped the tree with Forest Moss Distress Oxide ink and embossed it with clear embossing powder. That gives some great shine on this tree! I filled in the ornament dots and star with gel pens, and embossed this sentiment using HA Red embossing powder. I am totally enamored with the functionality of these stamps and dies! This kit lends itself to some easily mass-produced holiday cards!
There’s a couple more image stamps I haven’t used yet… and it is the season, so…
Who would have thought I’d be doing such a cute, yet very PINK wreath! I LOVE it! Using my homemade wreath builder template, I stamped the poinsettia stamp using the Hero Arts Rose Madder hybrid ink. This started out a bit more red, but dried down to this bright pink. I’m surprised how much I like that! I die cut my wreath panel with a Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangle die, matted that on a piece of dark red card stock and then down to my white card base.
I embossed the assembled sentiment with HA Red embossing powder, and stamped the holly stamp with Moss ink twice, and the berries with HA Intense Black ink. I colored the berries with my Spectrum Noir alcohol markers and then die cut the leaves and berries. I cut away the extra holly leaf, and attached them to the wreath with some foam tape. There’s the first little bit of dimension in this set of cards! I found some small clear crystals in my stash to glue on top of the berries, and I used my Sakura Stardust gel pen to add some glitter to the centers of the poinsettias.
I am surprised how much I like this wreath – I really love the darker pink where the stamps overlap – and I did go ahead and stamp another sentiment on the inside of this card using Intense Black ink. I think that adds a nice touch to this cheerful PINK holiday wreath!
There was one sentiment in our stamp set that didn’t have any corresponding stamps…
The only part of “Peace on Earth” that might be reflected in our stamp set was the little hill in the rectangle background stamp – I thought that was the perfect place for “earth”! I did grab my HA wood block From The Vault Earth stamp but, alas, it was too small for this opening. So I found this clip-art earth in my image stash, sized it to fit the hill, and printed it on some plain printer paper. I stamped the bottom portion of the background stamp on a scrap of card stock and cut out the hillside to give me a template for cutting out the earth. I only used the template for the bottom and side edges on the earth, and let the curve of the planet dictate the upper edge.
I stamped the background in the middle of a white card base using Intense Black ink, then Blue Hawaii, and Splash Reactive inks. I glued the earth into place, and stamped the sentiment with HA Embossing and Watermark ink and embossed it with HA Silver Embossing Powder. I turned to my Silhouette Portrait for the peace sign – I created this many years ago, and sized it appropriately before cutting it from some Chrome Card stock (from the MMH October 2019 kit). I also cut it three times from some white card stock. I glued all four layers together to make a chunky embellishment, and glued that down to my card front. I really like this card! That chrome almost looks like a piece of jewelry… and I will remember how well that earth clip-art fits in the opening of this background stamp! Should prove quite useful!
So far, all of these cards are basically one-layer cards (minor exceptions) but I do want to play with some stamped die-cuts using those great Masking dies. And maybe a pun!
I mentioned after card 3 how easy it is to stamp these die-cut shapes… Using the negative space template and my MISTI, I stamped these six die-cut tress in Moss and Lime Green inks, and used my gel pens for all the colorful ornaments. I ink blended some Splash on the white card base in a circular fade, and added the trees with foam tape. These are pretty easy to space out… two trees do form a good 60 degree angle! I printed this sentiment on a scrap of card stock using my Silhouette software and the TypewriterHand font, and die-cut it with a Lawn Fawn Everyday Sentiment die.
I added that banner with more foam tape and glued a crystal star in the center of the trees – it was just the right size to cover the stamped stars! I also stamped the final sentiment from this set on the inside using Moss ink. “Happy Holidays” seems to go perfectly with “Spruce it up”! I really love these die cut trees… and NO fussy cutting!
After only eight cards, I have now used every stamp in our stamp set. WOO-HOO!!! Let’s play with those great dies some more! How about a Valentine!?!!
Oh my heavens, this card tickles me in so many ways! I got this wild idea to see if I could make the eyes in the owl stamp look in a different direction…! I found a small 3/16″ hole punch in my stash, and punched a couple dots out of my masking paper to cover the pupils on the stamp. I inked up the stamp (Cup O’ Joe and Sand Stone inks) then – don’t forget to remove the pupil mask – stamp away. I think 3/16″ is correct – you want a mask that will cover the whole pupil but not the whole eye. Then I just drew in the pupils using a disposable micro-applicator and matching ink. I also redrew the eyelid curve with a Brown Pigma Micron pen. I also added some light touches of color on the owls with my colored pencils. My mom has always had a big thing for owls! These are adorable!
I stamped the die-cut branch on some Hero Hues Kiwi card stock using Moss ink and colored the branch with a Tombow marker. I created this pun-y sentiment and printed it on a panel of White card stock using the Sign Painter font. I cut that down to 4″ x 5.25″ and glued it to a pink card base. I die-cut a piece of “watercolor” pattern paper from my stash with a HA Nesting infinity heart die and glued that to the card front. I glued the owls to the branch and mounted them to the heart with foam tape. Who’d a thunk you could get a great valentine out of this kit!? Love this pun (you can sing it!) and love those owls!!
Of course I had to play with the die-cut snowman stamp! This card was inspired when I was playing with a couple of snowmen, and realized that, next to each other, they appeared to be holding hands… I couldn’t resist! Six die-cut snowman stamped with Intense Black ink and colored with my Spectrum Noir alcohol markers! Looks like they’re getting ready to take a bow!!
I cut a panel of white card stock to 3.5″ x 8.5″ and wanted to do some kind of a snowy background, but didn’t have any extra long stencils or stamps… I thought about spattering some white paint, when I remembered this great Snowflake Infinity stamp I have from an old Love From Lizi Kit – the Nov. ’18 Fantasy Forest kit. I stamped that three times across the panel using embossing ink and used clear embossing powder to set them. Then I ink blended our same three colors over the embossed snowflakes – this time moving the Thistle color to the bottom – a dry paper towel wipes off any of the extra ink on top of the embossing and I love this background! There’s a Winter Sky for ya!
I used a stitched hillside die to cut our snowbank on another piece of 8.5″ long white card stock, and printed the sentiment towards the bottom using the Savoye LET font. I glued the printed snowbank to the background, glued those to a dark blue-green mat and then down to a 4″ x 9″ white card base. Then it was a simple matter to mount my snowman chorus line with foam tape!
Of course I wasn’t quite done here… you know you can’t give me a snippet of a song and I’m not going to want to finish it out…! Yes.. I do complete this musical phrase on the inside of the card… I believe it’s perfectly accurate! LOL!
That completes my 10 Cards I kit post featuring the My Monthly Hero November 2020 Kit. I had a great time with this kit and I love the results – a little different than my usual line up, but I adore these linocut art stamps, and hey, hardly any mats or frames here at all!
This kit has sold out already – This one must have struck a chord with many people! I hope I was able to share a few unique ideas with you, and have inspired you to some glorious creations of your own. Thank you so much for sharing your time with me here – you know I appreciate it very much! Please take care of yourselves and your loved ones – wear a mask, wash your hands, avoid crowds – we’re still not out of the woods yet! It would be much appreciated if you would Like me, List me, Pin me, Post me, Share me with all your crafty friends… Don’t run with your Thanksgiving turkey…! And as always, I wish you Health and Happy Crafting!
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Hello Folks! Scott here with a new Scor-Pal project for this month! Diana Crick and I were talking and realized that a lot of our usual holiday plans have taken a left turn this year due to the pandemic, so we thought some Hostess Gifts would be appropriate for those of us who might be celebrating the holidays with a different group of friends. Nothing says “Thank you for the invite” more than a thoughtful Hostess Gift! I think these fit the bill!
First we have these small fold-over lid boxes that hold six tea lights.
I love scented tea lights but I think everyone likes most any kind of tea lights – from keeping your fondue warm to decorating your holiday table, tea lights are always useful.
These simple and inexpensive items are turned into special gifts when presented in their own custom boxes. And the larger box features a matchbox type sliding lid and will hold a dozen tea lights!
These boxes will also hold full-size votive candles and even smaller battery-operated tea lights – with the help of a little added tissue paper.
These are both basically a double-sided wall box with wrap-around lids. I did create a template for our boxes this month… no formulas or math… everything is pre-measured!
Our small, six tea light boxes measure 3.1/8″ x 4.5/8″ x 3/4″. Basic double-thickness wall boxes for the base – we’ve already covered the making of these boxes, and the measurements are all on the template. You can access the Double-Thickness Wall template here:
This is our basic double-thickness wall box that will be the bottom of our gift box.
Now we can work on the fold-over lid. Cut your card stock to 4.5/8″ x 8.1/2″, and load into your Scor-Pal with the 8.1/2″ edge along the top. Score at 3/4″ and then shift the left end of your card stock 1/16″ to the right – between the edge of your Scor-Pal and the 1/8″ mark.
With the left corner in this position, continue scoring at 4″, 4.3/4″, and 7.7/8″. Since this is a wrap-around lid that we are going to attach, I’m trying to make it as tight as possible to the box so there are no errant gaps when we glue it to the box base. When everything is scored you can fold on the score lines and commit the crease with your Scor-Tool.
I did want to round the corners on the flap that folds over – that’s the end of the card stock that measure just under 3/4″. Scor-Pal has a new Kadomaru Pro corner cutter that has three different sizes in one tool – and 8mm round, a 5mm round and a 3mm round. I LOVE the smallest 3mm one – it is so tiny and sharp – a great finishing touch that is almost unnoticeable!
You want to be careful when attaching this lid to your box, so I started with one piece of Scor-Tape on the end of the 3/4″ flap. Attach to one side of your box lining all three edges up and making the corner nice and tight.
Now I work my way around the box – gluing the bottom down along all 4 sides of the lid.
I moved slowly from the left to the right making sure the edges stayed nice and flush and the corners stayed nice and tight. Once the bottom is all attached, just one more piece of Scor-Tape on the back will finish up this box.
This holds 6 tea lights (scented or unscented) perfectly, and you can decorate this box as much as you like with pattern paper, die-cuts, ephemera, flowers, or I think a simple ribbon tied up into a bow is always a classy touch. Let’s make the votive candle box!
Again, the starts with a double-thickness wall box that is basically the same size as the small box, but it’s twice as tall – 1.5″ vs. 3/4″. Our template has all the measurements.
Since the box slides out from the lid, we do need a notch in one end of the box. I used a 1″ hole punch and punched out a little less than half of that circle in the center of one side.
I fiddled around with the matchbox lid for this box quite a bit – I wanted it to be snug, but not too tight, but just tight enough to keep the box from sliding out on its own. Cut your card stock to 4.5/8″ x 10.3/4″. With the 10.3/4″ edge at the top of your Scor-Pal, score at 1.3/8″, then shift your card stock 1/16″ to the right (same as the small lid) and score your card stock at 4.5/8″ and 6.1/8″. Then shift your card stock to the left – back into the corner of your Scor-Pal – an make your final score at 9.1/4″.
Go ahead and commit your creases but I think the secret of getting this lid snug, is to glue it together around the box – don’t try to glue it together without the insert box – chances are good that it may be too tight. I added Scor-Tape to the outside of one end and to the inside of the other end for glue our lid together.
Remove the liner paper from the flap that goes on the inside, wrap your cover snugly around the box making sure all your edges match. and press to attach.
Then you can fish out the liner paper on the outside flap and finish attaching the flaps. NOTE: This will not make a perfectly flat piece when folded together (it’s not a perfectly square lid) but I think this is what helps it stay snug but not too tight. Six full size Votive candles fit in this box perfectly – as well as a dozen tea lights if you wish!
For electric tea lights, I cut some tissue to 3″ squares and wrapped those around each light and nestled them into the box together – it won’t pack them in tight, but it will limit their movement a lot and give them a little cushioning – perfect for any recovering pyromaniac you may know! You can decorate these boxes as much as you like – but a ribbon will ensure that nothing slides out!!
Diana thought it would be fun to do a specialty box this month – this is one of her favorite boxes of all time – and the whole box comes together using a single sheet of card stock.
This is the Origami Gift Box created by Vicki Hook for Scor-Pal. An ingenious box that opens up like a clam to reveal the contents housed in another box. I love this one too!
Here’s a copy of the instructions followed by a downloadable file so you can print your own.
I am especially enamored of this box because it’s pretty simple to assemble, and it all comes together with a single sheet of twelve inch card stock cut to 11.7/8″ x 8.3/4″. There are a couple of special things to note when you are scoring this box. To begin with, note that the first score marks (with the 8.3/4″ side at the top) are made with the left side of the card stock at the 1/8″ mark on your Scor-Board instead of tight in the corner.
Then, on the 11.7/8″ side you make two score marks (at 1.1/2″ and 4.1/2″) on each end all the way from the top to the bottom, but you make another score mark between those ( at 2.1/2″) that skips the center section delineated by the perpendicular score marks that we first made on the 8.3/4″ side.
The instructions say to score at 2.1/2″ “from the top edge to the first score line, skip the middle section, and score from the second score line to the bottom edge”. In order to avoid jumping a channel and getting the second half of this score line wrong, I simply rotated the paper into the top right corner of my Scor-Pal, and scored the remainder of that line at 9.1/2″ (that’s 2.1/2″ from 12″) “from the top edge to the first score line”.
The last out of the ordinary step in assembling this box is in the cutting – on all four corners, we “cut on the 2.1/2″ vertical score line from the top edge down to the horizontal score line. On that same horizontal score line. cut from the 1.1/2″ vertical score line over to the 4.1/2” vertical score line. It will form a “T”. (refer to the pics on the instructions too)
Once all four corners are cut the same, flip your card stock over and fold all the score lines to the inside – commit your creases! Then you bring the middle sections in together, overlapping the sides, and adhere them together to form the base of the box. Since everything has been cut and folded on the square, it’s easy to line up the top edges.
Then we take our scissors and miter the edges on all four of the 1″ wide sections.
Lastly, we fold those sections in and adhere each to the inside of the lid section.
The instructions suggest we can embellish as desired with a “Belly Band” “Ribbon” “Patterned or Stamped card stock”. I prefer a belly band. This is basically a 3″ cube, so to go all around it I need a minimum of 12 inches. I cut a 1″ strip of 12″ pattern paper and scored it at 1.1/2″, 4.1/2″, 7.1/2″ and 10.1/2″. This puts the seam in the middle instead of on a corner – you’ll need an scrap of card stock to glue the belly band together.
I also like putting the belly band on this box OVER the seam – instead of using the band to hold the two sides of the box together, use the band to hide the seam – it will still hold the box together perfectly fine and disguises the unique design.
I also wondered if there was some hostess gift type item that would fit in this box and I came up with an extremely fun take on a plain ol’ ordinary hostess gift… JACKS!!
I don’t think you’ll have a better time with a small group of revelers than sitting down on the floor for a game of JACKS! Believe me, it’s a whole different ball game as an adult!
That covers our Hostess Gift Boxes post for this month. I hope you enjoy creating and using these boxes as mush as I have. I know my normal holiday plans are altered this year, so I trust a few hostess gifts will be useful and perfectly in season! Remember, if you have any special projects you’d like me to tackle, please forward those to me!
Thank you so much for sharing your time with me here. I truly appreciate every moment you spend with me! I’m sending you and yours Healthy and Happy Holiday Blessings! Please stay safe, wear your mask, wash your hands, take care of yourself and your loved ones, remember to Like me, List me, Pin me, Post me, Share me with all of your friends… Don’t run with scissors… and as always I wish you Health and Happy crafting!
Due to supplier delay, this kit is getting released about 2.5 weeks late – usually Lizi reveals the new kit on the 19th of the month prior, but due to circumstances beyond her control this Warm Winter Wishes Card Kit was not released until Friday, November 6th. Subscribers have through Wednesday, November 12th to add products to their kits for no added shipping – we have to move fast this month, some extras are already sold out!
We are treated to seven sheets of 8.5″ x 11″ card stocks in this kit! We have a Soft Pink, 2 sheets of alcohol marker-friendly White, Soft Gray, Mint Green, Marine Blue, and Navy.
Tha Warm Winter Wishes pattern paper pack includes 16 sheets of 6″ x 6″ single-sided patter papers. Nice thick card stock featuring all sorts of winter animals from penguins to polar bears, arctic foxes to walruses, bunnies, owls, igloos and deer. All on this soft palette of blues, mints, pale pinks and navy backgrounds. There are also a couple of floral and tree patterns and some simple stripes, dots and other background patterns.
Our Peel offs this month is a new pin-stripe version of the favorite clear iridescent peel offs – this time lined with silver. Thats a new color to our outline peel offs! The Warm Winter Wishes stamp set includes a sweet Arctic Fox, a stately reindeer, a couple of penguins, a few small trees, and four sentiments: “Warm Wishes”, “Merry Christmas”, “Baby it’s cold outside”, and “Season’s Greetings”. Not strictly holiday themed, but this stamp set should good all winter long!
And here’s our pack of ephemera all laid out for your perusal. All of these die-cuts are images repeated from the pattern papers with different accessories and in different sizes. Lots of our animal friends as well as a number of florals and even a few igloos!
That takes us to our embellishment pack which includes 5 satin ribbons in Green, Blue, Pink, White and Mint, nine wood-veneer die-cut trees featuring detailed etchings on one side and some with decorative cut-outs. We also get a new pack of Glitter Enamel dots that match the ribbons perfectly! Our Warm Winter Wishes Sequin mix has an assortment of Navy, Soft Mint, Oyster, Pale Blue, and Graphite sequins in assorted sizes. Our out-of-the-ordinary embellishment this month are three 4.25″ x 5.5″ clear acetate sheets with a printed border of snow – perfect for making full-sized shaker cards or any sweet wintery scene! Finally we have 4 dies in the kit – three sentiments: “Merry Christmas”, “Winter Wishes”, and “Christmas Wishes” along with a pair of polar bears in the snow under a heart shaped wreath. That’s everything in the Love From Lizi November 2020 “Warm Winter Wishes” Card Kit. I’m looking forward to playing with all the supplies in this unique wintry kit!
I did receive the two add-on Peel off packs this month! On the left we have the Warm Winter Wishes Variety Peel off pack with Moondust Pin-stripe, Sky Blue Sway, Brown Mirror Straight, and White Mini Circles. Remember you can color any White peel off with alcohol markers or any permanent markers. Great to have in your stash! The Warm Winter Pin-Stipe Peel off Pack includes Pink, Blue Mirror, Clear Iridescent, and Black.
There are ALSO bunches of holiday themed Mega-Packs and Special Edition kits along with Speciality Card Stock packs released this month. Since this kit is coming to us so late, and due to uncertainties with the current pandemic, Lizi has decided to skip the December kit this year. All the more reason to stock up on some Mega-Packs and Limited Edition Kits right now. If you do go shopping with Lizi, please use my links… it is always hugely appreciated and truly helps keep my head above water these days! Thank You!
Thank you so much for sharing your time with me here! I am so terribly grateful for every moment you spend with me! If any of these products catch your eye, I would grab them while they are still available! Please remember to Like me, List me, Pin me, Post me, and Share this post with all your crafty friends. I send you and yours Healthy and Happy Blessings this Holiday Season. Please keep yourself and your loved ones safe – don’t run with scissors, and as always, I wish you Happy Crafting!
Hello Folks! Scott here with my 10 cards inspired by the My Monthly Hero October 2020 Kit. This month we have a Christmas kit featuring the Folk Art of Scandinavia!
Our 6″ x 8″ stamp set features a large ornament stamp and lots of icons perfect for creating patterns and scenes and 10 sentiments. We also get 12 coordinating frame cuts, one Ornament Shape die, and two Inner Ornament dies. We do get some extras this month including a new Watermark and Embossing ink cube and three embossing powders in Red, Glacial Blue and White Sparkle. Lots of supplies to kick start our Holiday card making!
I reached for the large ornament stamp to start off my exploration of this month’s kit.
This card is relentlessly cheery and oh, so, Christmasy! I was originally looking to make this a one layer card but ended up with a little more dimension than I intended. I stamped the ornament with the embossing ink and used the Glacier Blue embossing powder to create this shiny blue ornament. I die-cut a piece of Inkadinkado stamping mask paper with the matching ornament die, laid it over the embossing and stamped the striped background using a Love From Lizi Candy Stripe Background stamp and Fired Brick Distress Oxide ink. I stamped and embossed the sentiment in the center of the ornament with the Red embossing powder, and added a Glacier Blue ‘star’ on the right.
I was particularly pleased to discover that the two Inner Ornament dies would create this fun trim around the open part of the ornament. Pretty easy to line up if you start with the smooth oval die and then cut the scalloped die around the oval. I cut this trim piece from a piece of scrap card stock colored with Mermaid Lagoon Distress Oxide ink and glued it to the ornament. I trimmed the stamped panel to 4″ x 5.1/4″, glued that to a thin Dark Red mat and then down to a white card base. I embossed the two birds on the same red card stock using the White Sparkle embossing powder, die-cut them with the matching dies, and added them to the card with some foam tape. A double bow tied with some red and white bakers twine adds just the right finishing touch. The Mermaid Lagoon Distress Oxide ink goes quite well with the Glacier Blue embossing powder! Nothing quite like a red and white candy-stripe background to make a truly cheerful holiday card!
Other than the ornament stamp, I was really thrilled with the Santa and reindeer stamp!
I ink blended Mermaid Lagoon and Faded Jeans Distress Oxide ink on some white card stock, and trimmed that down to 1.3/4″ x 5.1/2″. I stamped Santa using VersaFine Onyx Black ink and embossed that with some clear embossing powder. The HO HO HO is embossed on that panel with the White Sparkle embossing Powder. I glued that stamped panel to the center of a white card base and lined the edges with some Love From Lizi Black Glitter peel off stickers. The other two sentiments are stamped with VersaFine ink and embossed with clear embossing powder. Some tiny stars added with a white gel pen finish out this simple scene. I really like the ink blended background and simple graphics on this! I just might start using Mermaid Lagoon more often for my skies!
I did spend some time doing a little research on Scandinavian Folk Art, and was very interested to learn that it is fairly simple, and very graphic, with lots of symbols and icons often arranged in mirror-image patterns. Now I understand all the small icon stamps!
I came up with this nice arrangement featuring the three deer stamps and embossed all on some light blue card stock with the White Sparkle embossing powder. I really like that embossing powder – really good coverage with plenty of glittery sparkle. I trimmed the stamped panel to 2.3/4″ x 3.1/2″ and glued that to a thin black mat and then to a white card base. The sentiment is stamped with VersaFine Onyx Black ink and embossed with clear embossing powder. I thought the light blue (and non-denominational sentiment) would make this card perfect for Hanukkah – and I seem to remember seeing a lot of blues in my Scandinavian Folk Art research!
I was so taken with this little arrangement that I decided to expand on that same design.
These three just happened to fit perfectly on a 4″ x 9″ slim line card! Dark Red, the same light Blue, and Dark Green card stocks all embossed with more of that terrific White Sparkle embossing powder. Thin black mats behind each, and then down to a white card base. That gives us this fun triptych holiday card. I didn’t want to cover any of this with a sentiment so I stamped that on the inside of the card.
The sentiment is stamped with VersaFine Onyx Black ink and I added a thin strip of the blue card stock to anchor that sentiment on the left of the inside. This card feels very Scandinavian to me… the repetitive pattern with the deer and trees, snowflakes and a gift.
Let’s tackle those Ornament dies now… it’s been a while since I did a shaker card…!
I die-cut the ornament die with the oval cut-out from a piece of dark blue glitter fun foam and glued a piece of acetate to the back of that. I added two more die-cut plain blue pieces of fun foam behind the acetate. I cut the top of the ornament die from some silver glitter foam and hand cut the scalloped edge for the ornament topper. I die-cut another scallop trim piece from Mermaid Lagoon colored card stock and glued that around the opening. For the back of the shaker, I took a die cut oval and gave it a quick spritz with some Mermaid Lagoon Distress Oxide spray.
I dry embossed a piece of white card stock with an old Darice snowflake embossing folder, and trimmed that to 4″ x 5.1/4″ before glueing it to a thin mat of Gina K Designs Blue Raspberry card stock and down to a white card base. I tied a short piece of blue ribbon through the ornament topper, glued my inked oval to the card front, placed some blue gems and white snowflake confetti on the oval and glued the ornament over the top. The sentiment is embossed with Glacier Blue embossing powder on a scrap of white card stock and die cut with a Lawn Fawn Everyday Sentiment banners die and mounted to the card front with foam tape. This is a fun shaker card and could be easily adapted to an actual shaker ornament! And still non-denominational too!
I wanted to play with those ornament dies and try using them on a slim line card with a little less dimension.
I originally thought about lining these three ornaments up on a landscape card but after some fiddling around thought they would work better in portrait mode! I die cut three ornaments with the oval cut-out from some Gold card stock and the topper portion from some silver card stock. The red ornament is the same background pattern used on cards 3 and 4, and I had two more of the same pattern on a plain red card stock that I initially put in the top and bottom ornament… turns out I didn’t care for that very much, so I took some Auburn Pearl card stock and embossed the double deer and star with the Red embossing powder. Love how dark the card stock made that Red embossing powder!
I cut a piece of dark green card stock to 3.1/2″ x 8.1/2″, glued that to an Auburn Pearl mat. I attached some gold cord to the bottom two ornaments and glued all three to the panel. I also cut three scalloped trim pieces from the Auburn Pearl card stock and added those around the ornament ovals. I wrapped the cords over the top of the panel, trimmed off the overhanging ornament bits and glued all down to a 4″ x 9″ card base. I embossed the sentiment with plain White embossing powder, and added the snow with some gel pens. This is really an impressive card! I’ve done a vertical slim line card before (LFL March ’19 kit) but I think the large ornaments really make this stand out! That’s 2 slim line cards!
I was playing around with some of the small stamps in our kit, trying to come up with some kind of pattern that would be large enough to use as a background, when I got the idea to create a homemade turnabout stamp using our small stamps. That should cover a lot of real estate!
This is the pattern I came up with using 15 of the small stamps in our kit. This is set up on a 5.1/2″ square piece of card stock. The idea behind turnabout stamps is you stamp this pattern on a piece of 5.1/2″ square card stock, rotate your card stock 90 degrees, stamp again with another color, rotate the card stock another 90 degrees, stamp a third color, and then rotate your card stock square one more time and stamp the fourth color. This is what I got using this pattern:
This is stamped with Fired Brick, Broken China, Fossilized Amber and Evergreen Bough Distress Oxide inks. I also stamped one using Hero Hues Reactive inks in Blue Hawaii, Splash, Pool Party, and Blue Raspberry – all different blues, and I did one stamping using only Splash Reactive ink and one using only Fired Brick and Evergreen Bough. I am totally into this design – it feels VERY Scandinavian to me – I can’t wait to make these panels into cards. You can download my pattern for this turnabout stamp right here:
I started with the pattern stamped in the HA blue inks and came up with another Santa.
I die-cut the patterned background with a Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangle die and matted that on a piece of blue card stock and glued this to a white card base. I stamped the sentiment and Santa on white card stock using Blue Hawaii Reactive ink and embossed it with some clear embossing powder. I die-cut the stamped piece with another LFSRD and added a blue mat behind that and mounted it to the card front with foam tape. I guess I’m really getting into the blues with this kit! I do think blue is a great color for Christmas – everything doesn’t have to be red and green!
More Blue to come! I figured if this was a Scandinavian Folk Art Christmas kit, then maybe we should try saying Merry Christmas to the Scandinavians!
This one uses the Splash ink background and is die-cut with a smaller LFSRD with the pattern running straight up and down instead of diagonally. That’s glued to a blue foam glitter mat cut with another LFSRD, and then down to the white card base. GOD YUL (goad yuul is a good approximation of how to say it) is die cut from the same glitter foam using the Lawn Fawn Quinn’s Capital ABCs dies and glued in the center of the card front. I know I’m getting carried away with the blue here, but I love this card! The turnabout stamp works great straight up and down, and the sentiment fits so well in the center!
Okay… enough with the blue!! Let’s use the four-color background stamp!
This one I die-cut (LFSRD) off-center so as to include the far right edge of the pattern on a standard A2 card. I found the perfect green mirror color in the Tim Holtz Metallic Confections Kraft-stock pad. I matted the stamped background to a thin mat of that mirror card stock, and down to the white card base. I die cut the Happy Christmas using a die from the Crafter’s Companion 2019 Advent Calendar (Thank You Lisa!) and layered that with three white die cuts for a thick dimensional sentiment. I die-cut a piece of heavy weight vellum with the scallop die and another scallop trim piece from the green metallic card stock, and glued those together and down to the card front. Finally I glued the chunky sentiment on top of the vellum. Here’s another card that feels like I picked it up at a street fair in Oslo! I’m loving my turnabout pattern!
I have one more sentiment from our stamp set to use, and it’s perfect for my red and green turnabout pattern.
AND I made it a square card too! I wanted one card that utilized my entire turnabout stamp pattern! I trimmed that down to 5″ x 5″ which still keeps all the images intact! I stamped the sentiment on a long piece of 1″ wide vellum with VersaFine ink and embossed that with some clear embossing powder. I wrapped the vellum around the center of the stamped panel and attached the ends on the back. Then I matted that on thin black, dark red and dark green mats, and then down to a 5.1/2″ x 5.1/2″ card base. I so very rarely make a square card, and this seemed like the perfect opportunity to do so! The red and green are very Christmas-y and the Folk Art pattern plays well with this sentiment. I hope I was able to show you a number of options for using this turnabout pattern as a background for cards made using this kit!
I had a few ornament die cuts left over, and thought they would make perfect picture ornaments for family and friends this year.
I die-cut the ornament with the scallop die three times, and the photo (and a backing) with the oval die. Some invisible thread suspends the photo panel in the center, some gold cord for a hanger, and brown satin ribbon for a bow and you have a beautiful Christmas ornament to commemorate a special occasion or just mark the passage of the year! This ornament is light and airy and the photo spins all they way around – use TWO photos!
That wraps up my 10 Cards 1 Kit post inspired by the My Monthly Hero October 2020 Kit! I did manage to use every single stamp in the stamp set this month! WOO-HOO!
WOW! What a unique assortment of holiday cards! Two slim line cards, one square card, a shaker card, and a terrific photo ornament! I really love the GOD YUL card, and the Santa flying through the sky card, and the candy stripe card, the shaker card, and both the slim line cards… Let me know which card(s) are your favorite! I really like all the ornament dies in this kit, and the embossing powders are terrific – especially that White Sparkle embossing powder. Though it’s not even Halloween yet, this kit definitely puts me in the mood for Christmas!
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Hello Folks! Scott here with my 10 cards (and more!) inspired by the Love From Lizi October 2020 Card Kit. We’re in the kitchen this month and cooking up some fun cards and greetings just in time for the biggest food day of the year – Thanksgiving!
You know I’m a big fan of red, so I thought the color palette for this kit is great fun. I did take the 5 sheets of card stock included, and made my ten card bases.
Red card base, two red pattern papers, two ephemera pieces, one sticker and a stamp make this almost pun-y card! The background is pattern paper die-cut with a Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangle die and glued to a thin white mat and then down to the card base. The red and white tablecloth piece is cut to 1.3/8″ x 5″, glued to the background and outlined with some of the Strawberry Glitter peel off stickers. I stamped the sentiment using VersaMark ink and embossed that with some white embossing powder.
The honey (sticker) is glued flat to the card front and the knife and bread (ephemera) are mounted with foam tape. I used the teapot die to cut these small hearts from some scraps of white glitter paper I colored with my Spectrum Noir markers to match the honey pot. You know I can’t resist illustrating a sentiment whenever I can. I totally love this card!
We had a bunch of ‘recipe cards’ in our pattern papers this month, so I thought I would see if I could use one of those for the background on a card.
Makes for a perfectly appropriate background for this card! I added some of the matching pattern paper to the bottom of this recipe card (although the pattern is bigger, it still works well) and trimmed them down to 4″ x 5.1/4″. I glued those to a thin black mat and then down to the Sunburst Yellow card base. I stamped the sentiment using VersaFine Onyx Black ink and embossed that with some clear embossing powder. The flour sack ephemera is glued to the card front and the bowl, sugar, and recipe box (all ephemera) are attached with foam tape. An extra glitter heart below the sentiment finishes this card and adds a little spot of glitter. This card certainly radiates happiness!
On of my favorite pattern papers in this kit is that black and white animals and vegetables paper – I though I could pair that up with the terrific quote from Julia Child.
I die-cut the pattern paper with a LFSRD and glued that to a thin red mat and then down to the Grey card base. The red pattern paper is cut to 1.3/4″ x 3.3/8″ and the corners are chopped out with a 1/4″ hole punch and then glued to a thin white mat, and those are glued flat to the center of the card front. I mounted the ephemera sentiment with foam tape and added the two vegetable stickers with more of the same. This card strikes me as a perfect thank you card for your Thanksgiving dinner hosts! LOVE this one too!
Ans here we go with a bunch of ‘bake’ puns! Some of these are actually part of the kit!
Once again, the blue background pattern paper is die-cut with a LFSRD, glued to a thin white mat and then down to the Soft Pink card base. The sentiment square is cut from the 2′ x 2″ cut apart sheet and given a thin white mat as well before being foam taped to the card front. The mixer and bowls (ephemera) are glued together and mounted with foam tape. A few pink sequins add a touch of shine to this straight-forward card. Don’t worry… I’ve got some more pink for you this month! Great card for your favorite baker!
This pun is actually in our stamp set! Certainly topical this time of year (this whole year!)
Background pattern paper cut with a LFSRD, glued to a dark grey mat and down to a Pale Blue card base. Sentiment stamped with VersaFine Onyx Black ink. I fussy-cut the stove from the large side of the pattern papers (I just eliminated the upper portion so it would fit on a card). The tea pot was a little extra fussy…! There is more here than meets the eye. The handle and towel on the oven appears dimensional… can you open it?
Surprise! This is a little globe image from my files, printed, fussy-cut and mounted with some foam tape. I fussy-cut the oven door and added some grey card stock to the back which continues to the back of the oven and is glued flat to the card front. The oven is mounted with foam tape and some sequins (on the tea pot too!) add sparkle and shine! I’m not sure if this is some kind of double-entendre about global warming or just a playful image to go along with this pun-y sentiment! Fun interactive card!
I was starting to worry that I would run out of pattern papers, so I thought I’d use another recipe card for my next card.
This one’s MY pun! LOL! I trimmed this recipe card down to 4″ x 5.1/2″ and scribbled in some ingredients from Grandma Fortner, and ink blended lots of Frayed Burlap Distress Oxide ink on all the edges… this is an old one from Granny! I printed this sentiment on the pattern paper using my Silhouette Software and the Smoothie Shoppe font, and the glued it directly to the second Sunshine Yellow card base.
I fussy-cut the pie from the tag cut apart sheet (it’s the biggest pie in the kit) and glued it to a scrap of white card stock and then fussy cut that to echo the border on the ephemera oven mitt. I glued them both together and added them to the card front with foam tape. I added some Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pen to the heart on the pie and topped that off with some Nuvo Crystal Drops in Morning Dew for some dimension and shine, and added a few gold sequins to wrap up my big pun for the month!
Okay… here it comes… for all you pink fans out there… This one’s for you!
Another great pun from our tag cut apart sheet! At first I dismissed this cut apart because it was pink… but the sentiment won me over! There’s not much in the way of pink pattern paper in this kit, so I grabbed the Love From Lizi Candy Stripe Background Stamp and used some Worn Lipstick Distress Oxide ink to stamp directly on my Soft Pink card base. I cut out the tag and glued it to a mat of Black Tie glitter card stock, punched out the hole and added a bit of the Charcoal ribbon.
I paired that with one of the wood veneer die cuts that I colored with Frayed Burlap and Walnut Stain Distress Oxide inks. I die-cut the medium heart die from more Black Tie card stock, glued that to the stained tag, added another spot of Charcoal ribbon, and glued that to the card front. A few red sequins bring a pop of color and shine, and I actually like this card a lot! This would make for a great Valentine for the pancake-maker in your life!
There is another sentiment in our ephemera pack that really caught my eye…
Here’s another birthday card for “those of a certain age”! A 1.1/2″ strip of that tablecloth pattern paper is glued to the center of the Grey card base, Strawberry Glitter peel offs line the edges and some of the red satin ribbon adds a little different texture and shine. I took my sparkle pen to the cake on the ephemera piece and added that and the sentiment banner with foam tape. Lots of sparkle on this card, and a wise sentiment as well!
There is one more sentiment stamp I thought would be fun to illustrate for my next card.
The background is a piece of the LFL white card stock in our embellishment bag stamped with a Carta Bella Designer Diamond A2 stamp using Frayed Burlap Distress Oxide ink. I masked off the bottom and ink blended some Walnut Stain distress Oxide ink for the ‘floor’, and die cut that piece with a LFSRD. I glued that to a thin brown mat, and added a quarter inch strip of a lighter brown card stock for the floorboard and glued all down to the Pale Blue card base.
I stamped the sentiment on a scrap of white card sock and used a LFSRD to cut that to size, and then colored in the ‘frame’ with my colored pencils. The stove and heart ephemera pieces, and the sentiment are attached to the card front with foam tape, and I die cut some white glitter hearts using the smallest heart die from our kit, and added them coming out of the tea pot spout with tiny pieces of foam tape. I don’t think I can make cooking more visible on a card that with these ‘boiling steam hearts’. LOL!
I’m a BIG fan of “licking the bowl” so I couldn’t resist using that sticker!
This makes me smile! I printed the Live a Little and Happy Birthday sentiments on another piece of the LFL white card stock from our kit using the Lobster 1.4 font and die-cut that with an old LDRS Fancy Rectangle and Layers die. I die cut the larger layer from pattern paper and a piece of black card stock. I glued those all together using the black piece to add a bit of a drop shadow, and glued them down to the last Red card base. I added the Lick the Bowl and the two small flower stickers with foam tape and finished off this card with some Red Glitter Heart peel offs (from last month’s add on peel off variety pack) to the four corners. If you can’t lick the bowl on your birthday, then something, somewhere, has gone terribly wrong!! I thought this shaped die worked quite well, and seemed very homey to me!
That’s my 10 cards inspired by the Love From Lizi October 2020 Card Kit but there is MORE! My first idea was to make some kind of an art journal using the chipboard pieces for the cover. I looked through my stash for some appropriate art paper to use in the journal and came across a large pad of Strathmore 140# cold press watercolor paper in a 15″ x 22″ pad… That gave me the idea to make an accordion watercolor art journal!
I was going to use the pattern paper from the back of the 2″ x 2″ cut apart sheet, but I had unfortunately cut out one of the tiles (Bake Someone Happy) and that prevented me from using that pattern paper in the right orientation. So I grabbed a piece of pattern paper from my stash for this journal. I cut the pattern paper to 5″ x 7″ so I would have a half of an inch to wrap around the edges.
I took some Aileens Tacky Glue and thinned it down with a little water to a thickness that was easy to spread with a brush. I used a damp stamp cleaner to wet down the front of the pattern paper (helps the glue soak into the paper) and brushed the glue all over the back of the pattern paper. I centered the chipboard piece on the pattern paper and pressed it down. Then I trimmed away the corners. When you trim your corners, you want to stay about an eighth of an inch away from the corner of the chipboard. That will help cover the corners of the chipboard without things getting bulky and wrinkly!
Once your corners are mitered, fold over the flaps on opposite sides and glue them to the back. Press them right up against the sides of the chipboard, and over to the back – try to keep them nice and tight and flat. When you have two sides secured, you can fold over the extra bit of card stock on each corner to cover the chipboard corners – I like to use my bone folder for that. Nice clean corners with little extra bulk! Then you can fold over and glue down the remaining two sides. I like to run my damp shammy over all of the pattern paper – front and back – it will remove any excess glue and help the paper absorb the glue as well. Repeat with another piece of chipboard and pattern paper for the back of the journal. Place those under a couple of heavy books and let them dry thoroughly.
I cut a piece of watercolor paper to 5.1/2″ x 22″ and set about dividing that up for the inside of our art journal. After a little calculating, I scored along the long edge every 3.1/2″. That gave me 6 panels. I did flip the watercolor paper over for each score, so it would fold in an accordion fashion. Then it was an easy matter of gluing the ends of the watercolor panels to the inside of our covers.
I die-cut the word art from a scrap of white card stock colored with my alcohol markers using an Alpha die set from the old LFL Oh, Baby kit and glued that to the front of my Journal. I LOVE THIS ART JOURNAL!!!! I am so surprised that this came together so quickly, and was relatively easy to construct! I just may send this off to Sandy Allnock! I know she loves her art journals and maybe she’ll like the handmade quality of this one too!
Now, Lizi mentioned in her Unboxing that she had done another kitchen/food kit a number of years ago… I remember precisely, because it was the first Love From Lizi Kit that I got to play with – the August 2017 kit. I actually made a little recipe book as an extra project with that kit… maybe that’s what gave Lizi the idea to encourage us to make recipe books with this kit! And she included supplies specifically for that project!
I wanted to rise to the challenge and make a recipe book using the supplies in this kit.
I used the other 2 pieces of chipboard for the front and back cover of this recipe book. I covered the outsides with the floral pattern paper and the insides with the pattern paper from the back of the 2×2 cut apart sheet. I didn’t wrap the card stock around the chipboard so I colored the edges of the chipboard with an alcohol marker. I glued the pattern papers to both side of the card stock in the same manner as the journal.
I made a little template for the holes in the covers and recipe cards (so they would all match) and punched them out with an eighth inch hole punch. I added grommets to the holes on the chipboard pieces and added some hole reinforcements to the back side of the recipe cards. Then I bound this with two lengths of the teal ribbon tied into bows in case you want to add, subtract or otherwise change the contents. I decorated the front with some ephemera pieces, and I think this is a truly lovely little recipe book. You could fill it out with 10 of your favorite recipes or you could ask the recipient to fill it out with 10 of THEIR favorite recipes and gift it back to you (or whoever they wish!) A re-gift-able gift! Now that’s conservation! I hope some of you try this for yourselves. It is truly rewarding!
That wraps up my 10 cards and two projects using the Love From Lizi October 2020 Card Kit! I enjoyed working with this kit a lot! We have a number of truly useful cards and a couple of terrific presents as well! I used a little bit of everything in this kit and a LOT of some things! This kit is still available on Lizi’s website… If I have managed to capture your imagination, or given you a new idea for some gifts, please use my links when you go shopping with Lizi! It helps support this site and it is always gratefully appreciated!
Thank you so much for sharing your time with me today. I know that there is so much vying for your time these days, and I am grateful when you turn your attention to my humble posts. Please Stay Safe, Wear a Mask, Avoid Crowds, Get your Flu Shot, Wash your hands, and take extra care of yourselves and your loved ones because this pandemic is NOT over…! Remember to Like me, List me, Pin me, Post me, Don’t forget to use an oven mitt… and as always I wish you Happy Crafting!