10 Cards 1 Kit | My Monthly Hero October 2019 Kit and a GIVEAWAY!

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Hello Folks! Scott here with my 10 Cards 1 Kit post featuring the My Monthly Hero October 2019 kit. Featuring a retro 1950’s Christmas theme, this kit is “ultra-modern”!

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Our 6″ x 8″ clear stamp set features a terrific car stamp, a stone fireplace, two Christmas trees and assorted retro furnishings just begging to create some nostalgic holiday scenes. We get 19 coordinating frame dies, Two 5.5″ x 8.5″ sheets of Chrome card stock, Six 5.5″ x 8.5″ sheets of Neon card stock, a package of clay snowflake embellishments and a 0.5 oz. pot of Prisma Glitter. A terrific kit for a trip down memory lane and a fun holiday extravaganza for any baby boomer!

I am a little tardy with this post… I have had a very busy month that has kept me away from my craft desk, and I have to admit these ten cards did not come to me a quickly as one might expect.

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I did stamp most of the images on some Bristol Smooth card stock using VersaFine Onyx Black ink, and, for a bit of a change, reached for my Spectrum Noir alcohol markers to color them. It is a little difficult coloring these small images with those alcohol markers (they do not have as fine a point on them as Copics do) but I was pretty pleased with my first stab at coloring all these images. I did try to stick to a 50’s color palette – I was aching to color that car a nice turquoise green! After coloring, I die cut all the colored images and readied myself to start assembling some cards!

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Now, I am not the world’s biggest pattern paper fan – I find that I have more opportunities to create and work on backgrounds when I’m not trying to use pattern papers – and that’s one of the reasons I like the MMH kits so much – we rarely get patterned paper! I always feel so obliged to use the pattern paper when we get it in a kit. BUT… there’s always an exception to the rule!

I did have a rather perfect paper pack to go along with this 1950’s themed kit. The Sizzix Geometrics 6″ x 12″ Cardstock Pad. I thought a lot of the patterns were very period appropriate and the colors were spot on as well! I really like the 6″ x 12″ size of this paper pad, and with 48 double-sided sheets you end up getting four sheets of each pattern – plenty to go around!

 

I had to use that great car stamp first, and Hero Arts practically commanded us to make this card in their on-line description of this kit!

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On a white card base covered with that groovy blue pattern paper, I stamped the sentiment and the ‘sparkles’ and ‘star’ using VersaMark ink and embossed them with Ranger Gold embossing powder. I added a couple of white snowy hills using my Stitched Hillside dies and decorated them with a thin stripe of the Prisma Glitter on the top edge. The back hill is glued directly to the card front, and the front hill is attached with foam tape. I colored the ornaments on the tree with a Uniball Gold gel pen, glued it to the top of the car, and attached those to the card front with more foam tape. IMG_6735I added a bunch of the clay snowflake embellishments in the sky and I simply had to use another sentiment from the kit on the inside of the card.

Since the car suggests that we’re going somewhere, I figured the “see you soon” sentiment was a perfect match. The car is colored with the Green Turquoise Spectrum Noir markers (GT1, GT2, GT3) I really love that color, and it’s very period as well. I think having the car follow the curve of the hill adds a lot of movement, and overall, I’m very pleased with this first card. A Sakura white gel pen adds some light touches of highlighting on the car as well…. Very Sharp!

Other than the car, all the other stamps are kind of ‘interior living room’ oriented – AHA! the perfect way to use some of that pattern paper – as wallpaper!

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Hmmm… looks like that chaise sofa matches the car!! On a white card base, that subtle blue pattern paper and some plain grey card stock from my stash glued together and die-cut with a Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangle die. A 1/8″ strip of white card stock provides a baseboard at the bottom of the ‘wall’ and I did fussy cut the inside of the fireplace for a little added dimension on that stone chimney! The sentiment is stamped with VersaFine Onyx Black ink and embossed with Ranger Clear embossing powder.

I placed the coffee table on the lower right corner so it would seem closer to us since it appears we’re decidedly looking down on the table top. Some odd perspectives and scales with these stamps..! Everything is glued down to the card front or attached with foam tape to complete this scene. There are light touches of the Prisma Glitter on the tree ornaments, and the wreath has some glitter highlights from my Sakura Stardust gel pen. This does feel like a retro 50’s living room… and surely this is what Hero Arts was envisioning with this kit, and that pattern paper makes for the perfect wallpaper!

Some folks over on the Hero Arts Kit Fanatics Facebook group suggested that I combine the dancers from the MMH February Kit with the “Rockin’ around the Christmas Tree” sentiment in this kit. Those dancers are circa 1920’s but I think we can make this work!

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Again on a white card base with pattern paper die-cut for the walls and the floor, and a 1/8″ strip of white card stock for the baseboard. (I did draw in the tile line on the floor with a Pigma Micron pen). The record player was from my original alcohol marker coloring, and I stamped another tree and colored that with my Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers. The sentiment(s) are stamped with Onyx black ink and embossed with clear embossing powder. The tree and phonograph are attached with foam tape.

I stamped the dancers first using Twisted Citron Distress Oxide ink for the lady, and Broken China Distress Oxide ink for the gentleman. I masked off the ‘tail’ of the gentleman’s topcoat, and I actually wiped away the lady’s fringe skirt (and knees) and her hair ornament before stamping her. Then I simply traced the outlines of both stamps using my Pigma Micron pen before adding a little color for their skin. It wasn’t too hard to change those silhouette stamps into what appears to be outline stamps! Very pleased with that! I die-cut both using their matching dies and trimmed away any extras. I think the addition of these dancers really makes the music come alive on this card!

Hmmm. Card three and I’ve already used all the images in this stamp set… I can’t make seven more living room cards, so, I once again turn to showcasing individual stamps…

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I really love that wreath stamp so I thought I’d highlight it on this card! On a white card base, I used some more pattern paper clear embossed with the “snowflake” stamps and glued to some plain chartreuse card stock and die cut with another LFSRD. That is matted on a thin red mat from the Neon card stock in the kit, and some Love From Lizi Purple peel off stickers finishing the seams. I created this sentiment using my Silhouette software and the Henny Penny font and printed it directly on the card front.

I stamped the wreath on Bristol Smooth card stock with Onyx black ink, colored it with my Zig markers, die-cut it out and added some Hero Arts Clear Lacquer on the top of the larger baubles. I attached that to the card front with foam tape and added some punched “sparkles” using the peel off border and an old star punch from my stash. I like this sentiment quite a bit – and though “cool” wasn’t coined in the 50’s it was widely used!

I must take a moment to pontificate about these “snowflake” stamps… Snowflakes do not have eight points. All snowflakes contain six sides or points owing to the way in which they form. The molecules in ice crystals join to one another in a hexagonal structure, an arrangement which allows water molecules – each with one oxygen and two hydrogen atoms – to form together in the most efficient way. Simple as that. It is a big pet peeve of mine to see snowflakes with eight points… trust me, Hero Arts is NOT the only company perpetrating this inaccuracy! Sigh…  That concludes this month’s lecture!

We have a “Thank You” sentiment in this stamp set… what would one be thankful for…?

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I think that just about says it all! I stamped the three presents with Onyx black ink on Bristol smooth card stock, colored them with my Zig markers and die-cut them out. I die-cut two plain white card panels with my LFSRDies, stamped and clear embossed the sentiment on the front panel, matted that on the blue Neon card stock from the kit. I matted the larger white panel with a piece of the green Neon card stock and glued them all together and down to a white card base. A perfectly appropriate thank you card!

I cannot resist that terrific car stamp and thought it would make a fun birthday card!

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I stamped the car using Onyx black ink on Bristol smooth card stock once again, but I wanted to go for a more red-violet color (complimentary to yellow-green), so I reached for my Stabilo watercolor markers instead of my Zig markers. I have many more red options in my Stabilo pack. img_6729.jpgThese are the markers I used on this car.  I die-cut another pattern paper with a LFSRD, and added a thin silver mat using the chrome card stock from the kit, and glued that to a white card base.

I thought the die for the coffee table in this kit would make a perfect retro shape for this additional birthday sentiment. I created the “you’re a Classic!” sentiment using my Silhouette software and the Freehand 521 font for “you’re a” and the Henny Penny font for “Classic!” Though not a perfect match, I think that Henny Penny font captures the playful nature of the sentiments in this stamp set. I printed that on the Neon card stock from the kit, die-cut the table shape and trimmed off the legs. I did the same to a piece of the Chrome card stock and layered them together with a bit of an offset, and attached them to the card front using foam tape.

I cut the Chrome oval base for the car using my Silhouette Portrait – I just don’t have any oval dies this flat…! This makes me think of a car on display at a fancy car show..! I glued the oval to the card front, fussy cut the car and attached it on top of the oval with foam tape. I also added some Love From Lizi Silver peel off stickers to highlight the chrome strips on the car. The thin ones fit perfectly!! The sentiment is die cut from more of the Neon card stock using the Lawn Fawn Happy Birthday Border die, the two layers are offset and glued together then glued to the card front. I die-cut more of the Chrome card stock with the largest flourish die in the kit, mounted that with  foam tape to the top right and added a couple Simon Says Stamp Moonshine Confetti sequins to keep it company. LOVE THIS! A Total Classic! And NOT a Christmas Card! Happy Birthday indeed!!!

I really like that fireplace stamp, and wanted to see if I could make that stone wall taller…

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Mission accomplished!! WOO HOO!! I LOVE THIS!! I arranged this fireplace stamp nice and straight on my stamp platform, and masked off the top edge before stamping it on Bristol Smooth card stock with VersaMark Onyx Black ink. Then I cleaned off the stamp, masked off the fireplace and the bottom of the stamp, and stamped that above the original stamp with a little gap in between. Then it was easy to ‘connect the dots’ and complete the stones in the gap using my Pigma Micron pen. The “seam” is actually just below the center of the clock. Really very hard to tell where it is!! I colored this using my Zig markers and actually managed to die-cut the wall as well. Just partial die cutting from the bottom and then the top and it looks completely seamless! I loved doing this! (and I like this Zig fire much more than the alcohol marker fire..!)

I die cut more of the Neon card stock with a LFSRD, and stamped the sentiment and the flourishes (jacks?) using Hickory Smoke Distress Oxide ink and embossed those with clear embossing powder. I die cut a frame from a real wood sheet, and glued both to a white card base. The ‘wall’ (and the clock) are attached with foam squares. A perfect sentiment for a fireplace! And that rock wall is pretty impressive! And it’s not necessarily a Christmas card either! I think that’s three for three!! Can you dig it??!!

I was eager to color a RED car and I also found some 50’s slang that inspired this card.

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“Classy Chassis” is slang for “hot body” – a perfect pun for a Valentine card! I stamped and colored and die-cut the car using the same ink, paper and my Zig markers. I had fun adding some extra spiffy shadings on the side… I did trim off the trunk lid and added more Love From Lizi Silver peel off stickers for the chrome trim on the side. The die-cuts are from the Sizzix Atomic Elements die set and are cut from more of the Neon card stock. Another Chrome oval cut with my Silhouette Portrait for my car platform (I couldn’t resist!), more pattern paper matted with a thin black mat for the background and glued down to a another white card base. I did take a tiny hole punch from my stash and punched out a bunch of Chrome card stock dots for the accents on the die cuts. Finally, I did use foam tape to add the die-cut car.

I created this sentiment using my Silhouette software and the Henny Penny font, and printed it directly on my pattern paper. IMG_6744editOf course there is more on the inside – that’s where this pun-y sentiment really pays off! I printed the “Wanna ride?” on the inside of the card base again using the Henny Penny font and my Silhouette software. Totally innocent, I’m telling you! This makes me laugh out loud… a very unique love card in perfect step with the retro theme of this kit!

I was having a hard time with the “from our Family to Yours” sentiment – there are no people or “family” stamps in this set… but we do have two very different Christmas trees!

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Here we have a great tri-fold Christmas card. I stamped the “traditional” tree on Bristol card stock with Onyx Black ink and colored that with my Zig watercolor pens. I die cut the red and green ovals from the Neon card stock using my Thermo-web/Gina K. Oval die sets. I embossed the white card front using an old Darice snowflake embossing folder, glued the matted oval(s) to the card front and mounted the die cut tree with foam tape.

I stamped the “mod” tree on a scrap of black card stock using VersaMark ink and embossed that using the Love From Lizi Tutu Pink embossing powder. I colored the ornaments using a silver colored pencil, and die-cut the swoosh(s) from more Neon card stock using the Atomic Elements die set. I embossed this card front using the Darice Paisley embossing folder, glued the swooshes to the card front and mounted the die-cut tree with foam tape.

I did cut this sentiment stamp apart and stamped the two sections on some scrap white card stock using Onyx Black ink and embossed them with clear embossing powder. I die cut them with a couple of my stitched Oval dies and mounted them using foam tape. The “Merry Christmas” sentiment is stamped on the inside in the same fashion. I glued the card “backs” together to make this tri-fold, and I think this is a fun inter-generational Christmas Card – traditional vs. modern, old vs. young… (of course traditional always wins in the end!) I think the embossing folders add just the right touch with this card!

Needless to say, music was a big part of the 50’s, and I had one idea I couldn’t ignore.

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Back to the living room for our final card this month. Everything is stamped on light blue and dark blue card stock from my stash and embossed with Silver embossing powder and (forsaking the fireplace and the “sparkles” stamped on the blue card panel) die-cut. I used some Broken China Distress oxide ink to stencil a little carpet pattern (Stampendous Dreamweaver Flourish metal stencil) and a little highlight on the wall around the fireplace. I added some shading details to all the images using my colored pencils, matted the panel with some of the Chrome card stock, glued it to a matching blue card base, and mounted all the die cuts using foam tape.

If you haven’t been singing it, then maybe you’re thinking it… Elvis Presley cemented the status of “Blue Christmas” as a rock-and-roll holiday classic by recording it for his 1957 LP Elvis’ Christmas Album.IMG_6752 Perfect time frame for this scene, and  a little bit more than a simple Christmas card! Of course I do have to explain myself on the inside of the card. I printed the inside sentiment (Silhouette software and the Henny Penny font) on a piece of my light blue card stock, die cut that with a LFSRD and added that piece to the inside of this blue card base.

I debated adding the parenthetical sentiment at the bottom, but figured it was necessary just in case the card recipient had been living in a cave for the last 62 years…!!  Always good to explain yourself just in case…!

I think this card certainly qualifies as a non-traditional Christmas Card, and I think the single pair of boots and the solitary stocking suggest that someone is (unfortunately) spending the holidays alone this year. I really enjoyed creating this card, and what better way to wrap up my 10 cards this month than with a song from “the King”.

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So that’s my 10 cards from the My Monthly Hero October 2019 card kit. Six Christmas cards, a thank you card, a birthday card, a warm wishes card and a bit of a steamy Valentine card! I used most every stamp in our set this month except for the “enjoy” sentiment and the little pom-pom stamp. I had a great time using that pattern paper pad with this kit, and adding in the dancers from the February MMH kit, and I’m actually surprised at how much of the Neon card stock I used. I really like this set – I think that car stamp and fireplace stamp will get plenty of use over the years!

As of posting, this kit is still available at Hero Arts! If I’ve managed to give you some ideas and you’d like to get a little retro Christmas in your stash, please use my link when shopping at Hero Arts! http://shrsl.com/1f7qx

Which brings us to our GIVEAWAY!!! I have a complete My Monthly Hero October 2019 kit to give away this month! To enter the drawing, email me at cardcutups@gmail.com with GIVEAWAY in the subject line, and tell me what your Christmas plans are for this year. Entries will be accepted through November 8th (first shipping date for the MMH November Kit). I will randomly select one winner to receive this kit, and will announce it no later than my 10C1K posting for the MMH November Kit. Please share this post and giveaway details with all your friends and acquaintances, and remember to Like me, List me, Pin me, Post me, and don’t clump the tinsel on the tree! Thank you so much for sharing your time with me here… It is always greatly appreciated! Happy Crafting!!

Unboxing! Love From Lizi November 2019 “Enchanted Lake” Card Kit

Hello Folks! Scott here with the new Love From Lizi November 2019 Card Kit.

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Lizi is calling this the Enchanted Lake card kit, and it features a huge bunch of Swans and Christmas images and sentiments in a very contemporary color palette!

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Let’s start with our card stock this month. As usual, Lizi gives us five sheets of 8.5″ x 11″ card stock, and our colors this month are a soft Gray, super smooth copic-friendly White, Mint, soft Blue, and Navy blue. I do make my 10 card bases from these card stocks – though I often swap out the alcohol marker White for a plain White card stock from my stash. We are also treated to an A2 sized sheet of clear acetate (far left) perfect for window cards and shaker cards! Very handy to have in your stash!

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And now, for something completely different…! We have some card bases and envelopes in our kit this month! I think this is a first for a LFL kit! We get two, pre-scored silver glitter card bases, two swan cards and four envelopes! The swan card bases are hinged on the left and printed on both the front and the back. Very pretty, and just the beginning of this month’s parade of swans..!

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We get some fun die-cut sheets this month!  The one on the left is die-cut topper sentiments featuring light glitter accents and an assortment of (mostly) seasonal sentiments. The two sheets on the right are decoupage sheets with more glitter accents!! We have gotten a nice assortment of Lizi’s decoupage sheets over the last couple of years and these two are the same concept – start with layer 1 then add numbered layers on top of that with foam tape spacers between the layers for a very three-dimensional effect on your cards! I love Lizi’s decoupage sheets!

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That brings us to our pattern paper for this month. 18 sheets of 6″ x 6″ single-sided pattern papers. Many of these sport subtle glitter accents as well, and, as you can see, there’s lots of swans, snowflakes, wreaths and feathers in complimentary, contemporary colors. Not necessarily all about Christmas with these patterns, so these sheets seem like they should be pretty versatile!

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We are also treated to a new embossing folder this month featuring a field of snowflakes. This is a nicely detailed, fairly intricate embossing folder from Hallmark Cards. Inc. and I am very happy to note that all of these snowflakes are six-pointed. One of my pet peeves is inaccurate snowflakes. All snowflakes contain six sides or points owing to the way in which they form. The molecules in ice crystals join to one another in a hexagonal structure, an arrangement which allows water molecules – each with one oxygen and two hydrogen atoms – to form together in the most efficient way.  Unfortunately, this embossing folder kind of ignores the dictate that every snowflake is unique… Part of the enduring appeal of snowflakes is their intricate appearance and near infinite variation, often leading to the assertion that all snowflakes are unique. While this is in some sense impossible to test, as a general rule it is entirely true. The number of possibilities of changes in temperature and humidity as the snowflake falls to the ground is limitless. If you look closely at a snowflake you will see countless individual features, all of which could have formed ever so slightly differently in direction or shape owing to the slightest change in the environment in which it formed.  Thus concludes my snowflake lecture (this year)!

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And here’s our peel offs and stamp set for the month! The pin-stripe peel offs are a sky blue color outlined with silver pinstripes. Extra bang for your buck with some color and reflective shine all in one! The Enchanted Lake stamp set features nine seasonal sentiments in a lovely script font. Always nice to have more options for the holidays!

And that brings us to our big bag of embellishments!

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From top to bottom, and left to right, we get five die-cut ephemera toppers featuring three swans, a tree and a feather ornament. We get our sample packet of the Enchanted Lake sequin mix with lots of iridescent sequins sprinkled with pink and navy blue accents. Another new item in our kit are these two shaker tags / ornaments with the feather motif on the blue one and a swan on the pink one, these shaker tags have more glitter accents and are filled with beads and snowflakes. One of our unique embellishments this month is a packet of snow – not glitter mind you, but fluffy, dimensional snow. Perfect for shaker cards or for creating some dimensional snow banks and snowy accents.

After a couple of months without getting any Nuvo Drops, this month we do get a new color of Jewel Drops – Steel Blue – these drops dry translucent with just a little hint of the color. Perfect wintry accents! We also get a packet of coated wood veneer die-cuts – five white textured swans, five gold glitter stars, and five silver glitter snowflakes (six-sided!). The backs of these are still plain wood, so you can use either side. We also have a packet containing five white feathers in assorted sizes, three pre-tied white satin bows and three silver snowflake die-cuts. I have a feeling those feathers are going to end up all over my office! Last (but not least) we get two dies this month – a swan and a snowflake – both nicely detailed with some cut feather accents on the swan.

That wraps up all the items included in the LFL November 2019 Card Kit. I was fortunate enough to receive a couple of the monthly add-ons and new release items as well!

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First I got the Enchanted Lake Peel Off Selection Pack which includes a sheet of “straight” peel offs in a new color – Mauve Moondust; a sheet of “sway” Clear Irridescent peel offs; a sheet of “pin-stripe” Silver Glitter peel offs and a sheet of Gold Mirror “bubble” peel offs. A great collection to compliment the colors of this card kit. I am extra thrilled to get the Silent Night LFL Stamp Set add-on. Featuring six snow globes with a snowman, a Christmas tree, a house, a gingerbread man, some gifts and a deer, this is a lovely stamp set ready to color!! Both of these add-ons are still available at Love From Lizi!

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Finally, I received all three variations of the LFL Christmas Essentials Peel Off packs!! These are red, green, silver and gold pin-stripe peel offs in Mirror, Glitter, and Holographic finishes. Perfect accents for the coming holidays! I also got the new Let It Snow die which creates this terrific tag with a distant village and lots of (six-sided) snowflakes and five-pointed stars! This is a big die – about 4.5″ tall – with lots of details and a clear easy-to-read sentiment. Unfortunately, this die has sold out already… BUT…

As of posting, the Love From Lizi November 2019 Card Kit is still available! If I’ve piqued your curiosity or whetted your appetite, please use the individual links included in this post, or if you want to browse, please use my general link when you go shopping at Love From Lizi: http://bit.ly/LFLlink.

That’s everything I received in my Love From Lizi box for November. There are many more add-ons and new product releases associated with this card kit – I encourage you to check them all out!  Thank you so much for sharing your time with me here… it is always genuinely appreciated! Please remember to Like me, List me, Pin me, Post me, make me write bad checks, and, as always, Happy Crafting!

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10 Cards 1 Kit | Love From Lizi October 2019 Card Kit

Hello Folks! Scott here with my ten cards from the Love From Lizi September 2019 Card Kit! Lizi is calling this the Home Sweet Home kit and she has certainly given us some lovely and unique supplies in our kits this month!

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At first, I thought this kit was more useful for scrap-booking and layouts rather than card-making, but after playing around with all these ingredients, and challenging myself to use every stamp in this stamp set, I discovered lots of useful cards to be had! I did take the five sheets of card stock in our kit and (after substituting the super-smooth alcohol-marker friendly card stock from the kit with a normal piece of white card stock from my stash) cut them in half to use as card bases.

The lamp stamp and “sending love and light” sentiment caught my eye first and I had to channel my inner Sandy Allnock to create this first card.

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I cut a piece of Lizi’s super-smooth alcohol-friendly white card stock with a Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangle die and broke out  my Spectrum Noir Alcohol markers to color this vignette. I stamped the lamp with VersaFine Onyx Black ink, and drew in the table with a Pigma Micron Pen. I used the Light Yellow (LY1,2,3) markers to color the ‘wallpaper’ and Burnt Orange (BO2,3,4) markers to color the lamp shade and Tan markers to color the table. Finally, I colored the lamp base and finial with Hero Arts Gold Glimmer ink. Coloring over the background three or four times allowed me to keep the “light” under the  lampshade. Once I was happy with the coloring, I did grab a white colored pencil and lightened up the lamplight with a soft layer of white pencil. Lovely!

I stamped the sentiment with Onyx Black ink and embossed that with some clear embossing powder. I matted that panel on a thin black mat, die cut some of the green pattern paper with a LFSRD and glued that to another thin black mat. All layers are glued flat to the Maize card base and I embellished this card with one of the pearl heart pin tops in yellow – I just snipped away the pin.  I’m very pleased with this little vignette! It’s always fun to play with my alcohol markers… constantly a new learning experience!

Let’s play with that row of houses stamp using my Spectrum Noir markers again!

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I stamped the houses (two times) on more LFL white card stock and colored the houses with my Brown Grey (BRG) and Blue Grey (BG) alcohol markers. I trimmed the house panel down and glued that to a yellow pattern paper mat and then down to one of the mid-grey card bases. I stamped the sentiment (and the three small floral stamps) with VersaMark ink and embossed that with some white embossing powder. I neutralized the glue on the yellow house sticker with my powder tool and added that over the row houses with some foam tape. A few of the silver heart gems coming out of the chimney and a couple Lemon Glitter peel offs adds a nice touch of sparkle to this card front.

I did complete this (these) sentiment(s) on the inside of the card, stamping theIMG_6684 “Home Sweet Home” sentiment on the white writing surface, and adding this small strip sentiment (glued to a thin black mat) from the add-on sticker pack. I think all four of these sentiments go really well together, and make for a very sweet “welcome to your new home” card! I was going to use one of the larger ephemera houses but when I saw the “home is where the story begins” on the bottom of this sticker, I knew this was the perfect house to use on this card. A little “Happily Ever After” to everyone!

Between our sticker sheet, ephemera pieces and the add-on sticker pack, there were a lot of hearts just begging to be gathered together and used on a card.

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On one of the black card bases, I added the ‘box of hearts’ ephemera piece with some foam tape and added the other sticker and ephemera hearts with more foam tape. I printed the “Sending lots of Love” sentiment on this ephemera tag using my Silhouette software and the Smoothie Shoppe font. I realized that the envelope stamp was close to the same size as this tag, so I stamped that on a scrap of Bristol Smooth card stock and colored it with my Zig Clean Color real brush markers before fussy cutting it out and adding it to the bottom of the tag with more foam tape.

I added a bow to the tag using the twine from the kit, and added another crystal heart IMG_6687to the tag for a touch more sparkle. I used some white pan pastel for a little ‘grounding’ under the box, and couldn’t resist adding this little heart strip (from the add-on sticker pack) to the inside writing surface. Love all those colorful hearts on the stark black background!

I was eager to use those large ephemera houses and thought this would be a fun pun.

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I die cut a piece of the blue pattern paper with a full-card-size LFSRD and did the same with a piece of the green pattern paper trimming that one down with a stitched hillside die. I glued those pieces together and to the front of a white card base. I glued the tree ephemera piece to the card front and added the two houses with foam tape. They felt a little ‘float-y’ to me, so I added the thin strips of yellow pattern paper at their bases, and finished up the scene with a little yellow sun die-cut with a stitched circle die.

I grabbed my square Darice die-cut quote bubbles die and did some partial die-cutting on the top and then the bottom to get this smaller rectangular speech bubble. I created the “House By You” sentiment using my Silhouette software and the Brady Bunch IMG_6689Remastered font. I was able to print that in the right place by attaching the negative of the bubble die to right place on the printer paper and taping in the die-cut piece before printing. The pun AND the double entendre make me smile, and I had to add the “it’s been too long” sentiment from our stamp set on the inside writing surface. A silly pun but a useful card!!

This kit included a lot of large sentiment stickers and ephemera pieces that were ‘split’ in two using contrasting colors (usually a wood-grain on the bottom of the letters).

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I wanted to use this sticker sentiment just because it’s a song lyric! LOL! First I took one of the thin Rose Gold peel offs from our kit and ran that along the dividing line of this text. I think that makes these two-tone text pieces work quite well! A little shine on the dividing line…! I die-cut a piece of the dark grey pattern paper with a LFSRD, glued that to a white mat, and glued those to the Navy blue card base. I added a partial frame around that with the wide peel offs, mounted the sticker with foam tape and added the two bird wood-veneer die cuts for the final touch. IMG_6692I did find one more sticker in the add-on sticker pack that went with this card perfectly, so I added that to the writing surface on the inside of this card. Imagine me and you, I do I think about you day and night, it’s only right to think about the girl you love and hold her tight So Happy Together…!! I can’t see me lovin’ nobody but you for all my life! Great song by The Turtles and a terrific, masculine valentine card!

I was at a bit of a loss as to what to do with the stack of luggage stamp… not really many travel related items in this kit…  but pair that stamp up with a globe and a luggage tag….

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Here we have an encouragement card that plays on a couple different levels! I stamped the suitcases on a scrap of Bristol Smooth card stock and colored them with my Zig markers. I created the sentiment using my Silhouette software (Brady Bunch font) and printed that on the suitcase stamp card stock and fussy cut the suitcases and the sentiment together. I glued that to Kraft card stock and fussy cut that into a mat.

I had an old luggage tag pic in my stash, so I sized it to match the Kraft tags we got in the kit and printed on top of the Kraft tag for the light suggestion of a travel tag – I like the reddish hole reinforcement…! I tied a bow through the hole with our twine, and added the globe ephemera piece with foam tape.

I die-cut the yellow pattern paper with a LFSRD and added 5 peel offs across the middle. That is glued to a thin white mat which is glued to a thin Kraft mat and then down to the Maize card base. The tag with globe is glued directly to the card front, and the luggage piece is attached with foam tape. Three sequins from our sequin pack add a spot of shine and here’s a bright and cheerful card useful for many situations!

If you’ve followed me at all, you know I’m pretty symmetry when creating cards, so this was a surprise exercise in asymmetry as this card came together.

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I couldn’t resist one more song lyric this month! And a retro phone like this would have definitely had a bell and a clapper as the ringer! I stamped the phone on Bristol Smooth card stock and painted it with my (incredibly inexpensive) Yasutomo Pearlescent Watercolors – I think this is the first time I’ve used these and I thought they gave me a really nice shine and an almost metallic feel!

Now… When I started working on this sentiment (Silhouette software, Brady Bunch font) I realized that the top and bottom of his phone are actually different in widths. The sentiment placement looked weird if the two lines were centered with each other – the bottom line would stick out beyond the bottom of the phone on the left side. After fiddling around for a bit, I decided to print each line centered over the top and bottom of the stamp itself. Because of the asymmetrical sentiment, the Gina K. designs oval die seemed wrong when it was straight up and down, so I tilted the die to the left so it matched the tilt of the sentiment. I stamped the laurel accents top and bottom after die-cutting the oval. I used the larger dies in the GK Ovals set to cut a piece of the triangle pattern paper and mats for both from the dark grey pattern paper.

On the black card base, I added a 1″ strip of the red pattern paper right down the center (can’t kill my love for symmetry that easily!) added two strips of peel-offs to the sides of that, and two 1/8″ strips of the pink pattern paper to the sides of those. I glued the large oval to the card base and (taking care to keep the sentiments and the phone straight) added the top oval with foam tape. IMG_6696Wacky! This almost feels like one of those retro atom ovals kicked off-kilter like this. Of course I had to use the “Let’s chat” and “it’s been too long” stamps on the inside writing surface. I think everyone in the world knows this song and wouldn’t be able to keep themselves from singing this sentiment on the front!

Now it’s time to tackle that chair stamp. Hmm… what does an empty chair say to you?

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I stamped two of the chairs on some watercolor paper and reached for my Daniel Smith Watercolor dot card (thanks Pat!) to color this simple vignette. Cobalt Blue for the left chair and Organic Vermillion with a touch of Pyrol Orange for the chair on the right. Indian Yellow, Quinacridone Sienna, and Hansa Yellow Medium for the floor, baseboard and wall. I die cut the painting with a LFSRD, added a thin black mat and a larger die-cut mat of the red pattern paper before gluing all down to a white card base.

Cute vignette, but the empty chairs seem incredibly lonely to me! That’s when I decided to use this “miss you” sentiment for this card. This is from the Hero Arts Many Everyday Messages stamp set and is stamped on 40# vellum using VersaFine Onyx Black ink and clear embossing powder. I die-cut the vellum sentiment with a Lawn Fawn Everyday Sentiment Banner die, ran it through my Xyron Sticker maker and attached it to the front. I trimmed down the love picture from the add-on sticker pack, added a super thin black mat and ‘hung’ that on the wall between the chairs… but something was missing… chair doilies!! I cut a couple scallops away from our lace ribbon and fashioned ‘doilies’ to go over the tops of the chairs. That’s just the finishing touch this card needed! Love it!!

I haven’t played with any of our dies from this kit – again, I was at a bit of a loss on how to use some of the gardening images included in this kit on a card…

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Just add a pun and anything will work!! I die-cut two boots and three flowers from Bristol Smooth card stock colored them with my Zig markers and pieced everything back  together just using tape on the back. I die cut a piece of grey card stock from my stash with a LFSRD, and printed the sentiment on that using the Typewriter Hand font. I glued a thin mat of the grey pattern paper to the back of the sentiment panel, die-cut a piece of the green pattern paper with a LFSRD, and added another thin mat of the yellow pattern paper.

I stamped the vine stamp on either side of the mid-Grey card base using Hero Arts Reactive Green Apple ink, and glued the two matted panels directly to the card front. The boot in the back with two flowers is glued to the card front and the front boot and flower are attached with foam tape. Great dimension here, and those blue and orange flowers (and those boots!) really pop on this neutral background! A fun Mother’s Day card!

I had this idea for my last card when I first saw this stamp set, but I prevaricated quite a bit thinking that the lamp stamp was just too small… but I’m always up for a challenge!

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Just our lamp stamp outfitted with a vellum shade on a simple table with a “press here” button below…

So much fun, I simply could not resist! First, I stamped the lamp on some white card stock masking off the shade (don’t forget the finial!) and sketched an oval side table for our lamp to stand on. I colored everything with my Prismacolor colored pencils including the light suggestion of wallpaper. I matted the colored panel to a thin black mat and cut a small ‘light bulb’ hole through both layers in the middle of the shade opening. I die-cut the plaid pattern paper with a LFSRD, glued that to a thin black mat and glued that down to my last Navy Blue card base. I wired the Chibitronic light on top of the plaid pattern paper, making sure to line up the LED with the ‘light bulb’ hole on the front panel – very simple, fairly straight-forward wiring for this card!

I traced the shape of the shade on a piece of doubled up vellum, making the sides of the shade straight and the height of the shade the same as the stamp. I added about 1/32″ to both sides (to allow the shade to curve) and some tabs on the sides. Then I cut out the shade and folded the tabs forward. In order to disguise the tabs, I decided the easiest way to attach the shade was through a couple of slits cut in the card front. The slits are the same width apart as the original stamp shade. Sure enough, once the tabs went through the slits it gave us a perfectly curved lamp shade! SUCCESS! I attached the front panel to the card base using foam tape on the bottom (to allow room for the battery/switch) and glued the top half directly to the card base (so the LED would be at the same level as the card stock – so it would light up the shade as completely as possible). LOVE IT!

I printed the “You Turn Me On” sentiment on the inside writing surface using the Brady Bunch font and trimmed that piece down with a LFSRD before gluing it inside the card. Surprisingly, this turned out better than I expected! It actually looks like there is a light bulb under the shade, and the light not only illuminated the vellum shade, but actually spills out the bottom of the shade just like a real lamp! I couldn’t be more pleased!

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That’s my 10 cards created from the Love From Lizi October 2019 Card Kit. I did manage to use all the stamps in our stamp set, I used all six of our pattern papers, some of the two cut-apart sheets, some of our stickers, a good amount of our peel-offs and ephemera pieces, and quite a bit of our embellishments. I think the only embellishments I didn’t use were the paper doilies, the metal springs and the glitter. Of course I have gobs of left-overs which will all find loving homes in my stash!

This is a really nice collection of truly useful cards – a few valentines and friendship cards, a new home card, a miss you card, an encouragement card and a couple of hello cards. I managed a few puns (and song lyrics!) this month and even a light-up interactive card. A great  variety of cards considering the scrapbook nature of this kit!

Naturally, this kit has sold out already, although there are a few add-ons and new releases still available. I think Lizi’s Kits manage to sell out every month… If you’d like to get in on the adventure of one of the most unique Card Kits on the market, I highly suggest subscribing so you never miss out! If you do go shopping at Love From Lizi, please use my link: http://bit.ly/LFLlink 

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10 Cards 1 Kit | My Monthly Hero September 2019

Hello Folks! Scott here with my 10 Cards 1 Kit post featuring the My Monthly Hero September 2019 Kit. This kit features a “Cabinet of Curiosities” stamp and peek-a-boo door die much like last years’ Advent Calendar November kit, and the Venetian Neighborhood stamp and peek-a-boo door die offered as an extra with the MMH April 2019 kit. Screen Shot 2019-09-03 at 8.25.34 PM

Our 6″ x 8″ stamp set includes the cabinet stamp, 16 sentiments, 6 different handles and label pulls, and 30 small image stamps. A few Halloween images  and some Autumn images as well, but mostly  general collectible objects. We get the Peek-a-boo Drawers Fancy Die and three fancy text dies as well as six sheets of 5.5″ x 8.5″ Decorative Paper in Rich Copper, Wood Abachi Solid, and Urban Basilia Black. Hero Arts rounds out this kit with some Bronze Silk Ink and ten tiny Bee & Key Charms. Once again, I am faced with the challenge of creating 10 different cards using a kit that seems like a one trick pony..!

Unfortunately, my cabinet stamp had some manufacturing defects that I noticed right away, but after contacting Hero Arts’ amazing customer service, they promptly set to shipping me out a new stamp set. I had to make something while waiting, so I reached for my homemade wreath builder template and the oak leaf stamp.

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Although I know they are popular, I don’t tend to send out Halloween or Autumn themed cards, but I did think it would be fun to start with some autumn leaves. I stamped this wreath of leaves using VersaFine Onyx Black ink on a piece of Bristol Smooth card stock and colored them with my Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers. I thought the ring of leaves seemed a little sparse, so I added more leaves and the mushroom to the center… of course that kind of kills the ‘wreath’ idea, so I decided to die cut the arrangement with one of my Darice Circle nesting dies, and glued that to a thin black mat.

I cut a 3″ strip of the Basilia Black specialty paper from the kit and glued that to the center of a white card base. I trimmed the edges of that strip with some black pin-stripe peel-offs from Love From Lizi, and used foam tape to mount the ‘whirlwind’ of leaves on the card front. I stamped the sentiment on a scrap of white card stock with Onyx Black ink and embossed that with some clear embossing powder and then die-cut it with a Darice Leaves die and attached that to the card front with more foam tape. I really like the color journey that the leaf stamp takes here… green goes to yellow, to orange, to red, then back to green. I thought that was fun and made for a visually interesting ‘whirlwind’ of leaves on this card. I guess we can’t really call it a wreath anymore!

I felt a little lost without my cabinet stamp, so I decided to fussy cut a portion of the cabinet stamp that didn’t show any defects. Kind of like a Japanese Tansu Cabinet!

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I stamped the handles and label drawer pulls in the same Onyx Black ink I had stamped the cabinet with (on some Bristol Smooth card stock), and I reached for my Zig markers to color the front of these drawers. (I did perform some stamp surgery and separated the two handle/label holder stamps so I could use the pieces independently from each other). I made the frame nice and dark to help hide stray connections to the rest of the stamp. I colored the handles and label frames using the Gold Glimmer ink from the August kit, and the cabinet connectors with the Bronze Silk ink and lastly, fussy cut three of the drawer fronts. I matted the cabinet on some of my standard Staples Ivory card stock, IMG_6614and stamped the keyhole, key and heart (using MMH Red Reactive ink) on that mat before gluing both together.

I was looking for some pattern paper for the background of this card when I ran across a card catalog image in my stash. Using my Silhouette Software, I sized that picture up and printed it at 25% opacity – that’s what makes it look like it’s covered with vellum! I die-cut the background using a Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangle die and matted that on more Ivory card stock. I outlined the background with LFL Gold Mirror peel-offs and glued the matted background to a brown card base.

I stamped the label drawer pulls on a scrap of parchment paper, and scribbled some text on the labels and fussy them to glue onto the drawer fronts… those are some TINY pieces!  I added the cabinet assembly to the card front with foam tape, and finally, I stamped the sentiment on the background and added one of the small key charms and a red heart brad from my stash. There’s a nice option to using the entire cabinet stamp… you could actually create many different cabinet shapes using just a portion of that stamp! I really like the wood-grain look my Zig markers afforded me, and I think this is a really nice masculine valentine or I love you card!

This is the first Happy Halloween die that I own, and I was pleased by how big it is!

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I die-cut that sentiment from the Rich Copper specialty paper in our kit, and die-cut two more from some white card stock and glued all three layers together – there’s a nice shadow cast by that thick sentiment! I lightly traced a rectangle on the card front and arranged the stamps inside of that rectangle and stamped them with Onyx Black ink. I added a touch of color to the stamps with my Zig markers and did a double partial frameIMG_6598 around the card using the LFL Copper Mirror peel-offs. This seems like a very grown-up Halloween card to me, but I couldn’t resist adding the little BOO! sentiment on the inside. Nothing too cutesy with this card but I think it would make an excellent invite to an adult Halloween Party!

I had this idea for a card, and decided that I could probably camouflage most of the errors on my cabinet stamp with some darker colors… my new stamp isn’t here yet…

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On some Nina Classic Crest Solar White 110# card stock, I stamped the cabinet stamp and all the handles using Onyx Black ink and colored everything using my Ice Grey Spectrum Noir Markers. I have to be careful… I think my IG1 pen is starting to run low…!! YIKES! I colored all the handles with a Silver fine-point Sharpie for a little bit of a metallic shine on these cabinets. I really like the monochromatic color scheme here and I love the fact that you have no idea what this card is about until you open it to reveal “you can handle anything”. IMG_6600I printed this sentiment on the inside of a white card base using my Silhouette software and the Typewriter Hand font. Nice little pun! I LOVE THIS! This would be a great thank you card as well as a great encouragement card too!

We do have a pumpkin and a squash stamp in our stamp set, so I think I may have one more Halloween card in me for this month!

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Using my stamp platform, I stamped the pumpkin stamp on some Nina Classic Crest Solar White 80# card stock using Hero Hues Creamsicle ink and added the shading using Spiced Marmalade Distress Oxide Ink. I stamped the squash stamp using Hero Hues Lemon Drop ink and added that shading with Fossilized Amber Distress Oxide ink. Those two brands of inks worked really well together, and provided some very nice subtle shading on these solid shape stamps!

After stamping these six rows, I die-cut the card stock with another Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangle die and did a little ink blending on the edges with Antique Linen Distress ink. Then, using my Silhouette software, I printed the “Oh my GOURD! it’s” sentiment in the appropriate place on the card front (Typewriter Hand font again), and matted that on a thin black mat. Another thicker mat of the Hero Hues Mustard card stock and a another thin black mat behind that. One more thick mat of Hero Hues Pumpkin card stock and all layers are glued to a white card base.

I die-cut the sentiment from more pumpkin card stock and two layers of black card stock, and trimmed the “happy’ away before gluing all three layers together and then gluing that chunky sentiment to the card front. There we go! Another pun! And another terrifically non-cutesy Halloween card!

I still haven’t received my replacement stamp yet so I thought I’d just use the Peek-a-boo Drawers Fancy Die all by itself.

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I die cut that fancy die from white card stock five times and trimmed off the doors on each before gluing them all together. I die-cut one more frame from some Kraft card stock and trimmed away all of the doors except one, and I stamped a handle on that door. I used the Bronze Silk ink from this kit to color the inside edges of all the boxes.

I arranged all the image stamps on the front of a Kraft card base and stamped them with Onyx Black ink and reached for my Prismacolor colored pencils to color all the images. Our stamp set has that one stamp of three plants in vials, and I did cut those three bottles apart so they could be used separately. In this orientation, the die cut has more vertical windows than horizontal ones so that surgery offered more vertical options.

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I stamped the friendship sentiment on a scrap of Ivory card stock and die-cut it using the coordinating drawer portion of our die, distressed  the edges with more Vintage Linen Distress ink, and just popped it into the appropriate drawer. I did punch a little notch in the top of that door in case the door gets stuck inside the die cuts – it’s not big enough for a finger, but I think it will help the recipient know that there is something behind that door! I did add two of the little bee charms for a pop of shine on this card front and added the “you are a rare find” sentiment on the inside writing surface. IMG_6605

I like the shadow-box feel of this card, and I think only having a single door heightens the expectation of what might be behind there. And of course I love colored pencil on Kraft card stock. These sentiments work really well together and give us a really nice friendship card! I do feel like I’m getting closer to the actual intent of this kit, and can’t wait to get my replacement stamp!

I got my new cabinet stamp and couldn’t wait to create a full-blown 24 door cabinet card!

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My new stamp was clear of any defects, so I stamped it using Onyx Black ink on a piece of Nina 80# card stock. Josmary Gonzales from the Hero Arts Fanatics Facebook page, gave us a tip on using the Bronze silk ink without shaking up the sparkles in the bottle, so I painted this whole card front with that thinned down ink. I stamped all the handles, sentiments and label pulls in Onyx black ink, painted the labels with Holbein Permanent White Gouache (much easier than fussy cutting!) and colored the handles, pulls and cabinet with a dark brown Zig marker and polished up the joinery using my Uni Ball Signo Gold gel pen. Finally, I took great care to die cut my colored cabinet front.IMG_6615

I did use the die cut to create a template to help with the placement of all the image stamps on the inside of the cabinet. I stamped the images with Onyx Black ink on some Bristol Smooth card stock and colored everything using my Zig markers. I did make a feeble attempt at creating some dimension inside these drawers while still keeping the objects as bright and colorful as possible, but I don’t think that’s very necessary in this overall card design. Here I used 24 of the 32 image stamps (since I cut apart that 3-bottle stamp, I now have 32 image stamps) I didn’t use the solid silhouette stamps or the full spiderweb, the nautilus shell, or the moth stamp. I did take some time to color the back of the die cut piece with some Black Soot Distress ink (so the back of the doors are black) and glued the die cut piece to the background piece and then down to a Kraft card base.IMG_6607

I did add the “LOVE YOU” sentiment on the inside writing surface (Ivory card stock cut with a LFSRD) for a final compliment to the adoring sentiments on the front of the card. Finally, I have a card that exemplifies exactly what this interactive kit was created for. PHEW! That is a lot of work filling in all the drawer fronts and all the insides… truly this is a very cool card, but I can’t imagine creating more than one or two of these at a time! Of course, you don’t have to fill every space, and you can emboss the stamping and do less coloring, but I thought I would put this concept to the test and use as many of the stamps as realistically as possible. Again, we end up with a very masculine “LOVE YOU” card. Perfect for any collector or naturist or even your favorite hoarder!

I haven’t used the ‘treasure’ fancy die yet – and I couldn’t get this quote out of my head, and the “treasure you” sentiment stamp kept pulling my eye, so I fiddled around with those sentiments in my Silhouette software and came up with this.

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This is the Typewriter Hand font printed on a piece of Ivory card stock and die-cut with a Spellbinders Deckled Rectangle die and the edges inked with Antique Linen and Walnut Stain Distress ink. I die-cut the ‘treasure’ die from black card stock three times and glued them all together. I was going to emboss the top of this die cut when I ran across a piece of gold vinyl in my stash… I adhered a piece of that vinyl to black card stock and die-cut it to become my final top piece. I really like how that looks – shiny and ’embossed’ but super smooth…! Very sharp! I glued the chunky sentiment in place and added a heart brad above the verse designation. You can also find this exact same Bible verse in the Book of Matthew from the Sermon on the Mount chapters.

I die cut a piece of our Wood Abachi Solid specialty paper with a LFSRD and glued that to a tan card front glued to a white card base. I added the Ivory piece to the card front using foam tape, and, IMG_6610in an effort to shift the focus of this sentiment a little bit, I stamped “I treasure you” on the inside of this card. I did steal that “I” from the “I treasure our friendship” stamp. I think that transforms this slightly preachy sentiment into a masculine declaration of love!

One of my favorite image stamps in this kit was the cluster of crystals – that stamp didn’t seem to lend itself to a wreath, but I thought I could get away with one more little pun…!

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I printed this sentiment using my Silhouette software and the Typewriter Hand font on a piece of Bristol Smooth card stock die-cut with a LFSRD. I stamped the crystals three times above the sentiment (I did mask off the center crystals) and colored them with my Zig markers. I added a sprinkling of glitter drops around their tops with my Sakura Stardust glitter pen and a little sparkle to the crystals themselves with my Spectrum Noir Sparkle pen. I matted the card front on a thin black mat and glued that down to a white card base. I LOVE the white space on this card – a great encouragement or congrats card!

That crystal card encouraged me to break free from the wood grain and autumnal color palette for this final card, and I went back to that fancy door die one more time.

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When I die cut that fancy die out of some black card stock, and trimmed off all the doors, I couldn’t help but think of Piet Mondrian and his color block paintings. I cut away some of the drawer borders to make the center red and blue squares larger, and the second white rectangle on the left side is two ‘drawers’ combined.  Then it was a simple matter of cutting some red, blue and yellow card stock to size, printing the sentiment on the large red piece and then gluing everything to a white card base. These bright colors make my heart happy and I find this sentiment terrifically practical and lots of fun!

So that’s my 10 cards created using the My Monthly Hero September 2019 Kit. Though I didn’t use every single sentiment stamp in this set, I did manage to use every image stamp, a decent amount of the Bronze Silk ink, all three specialty papers, and 3 of the four fancy dies… I guess the question mark die just didn’t speak to me this month!

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I’m very pleased with this wide assortment of cards and the variety of looks I was able to achieve using this kit. We managed to create a couple of Halloween cards, a friendship card, some valentine/ love cards and a few encouragement cards as well. A really nice collection of genuinely masculine cards with this kit! Many more option than I thought!

As of posting, this kit is still available at Hero Arts! If I’ve managed to pique your interest or inspire your imagination and you’d like to own your own Cabinet of Curiosities, please use my link when you go shopping at Hero Arts: MMH September 2019 for the kit and http://bit.ly/2sBmuMCHeroArts for the whole store. Your support means everything to me! Thank you so much for sharing your time with me here, please remember to follow me on Instagram at #cardcutups, please subscribe to CardCutups on YouTube, follow me and Pin me on Pinterest https://www.pinterest.com/cardcutups/cardcut-ups/, share this post with all your friends and any other interested parties. Remember, don’t run with scissors, and HAPPY CRAFTING!

UnBoxing! Love From Lizi October 2019 ‘Home Sweet Home’ Card Kit

Hello Folks! Scott here with my UnBoxing of the Love From Lizi October 2019 Card Kit. Lizi is calling this the “Home Sweet Home” Card Kit, and this kit is packed full of fun!

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There is always something unique in a LFL kit and this month is no different!

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As usual, we start our kit with five sheets of 8.5″ x 11″ card stock in Black, Mid-Grey, Super Smooth alcohol marker-friendly White, Maize, and Navy Blue.

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Our pattern paper this month checks off the ‘unique’ box. We get six sheets of 6″ x 12″ double-sided pattern paper in these fun colors. One side features this polka-dot pattern and the reverse side is the same color with no pattern. Great size for scrap-booking!

This month our kit comes in a large 12″ x 12″ box which means 12″ x 12″ cut-aparts!

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We get a sheet of 2″ x 2″ cut-aparts featuring lots of icons, letters and sentiments. Of course these are double-sided and the back of this sheet features this great triangle pattern.

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Our second sheet of cut-aparts features 3″ x 4″ panels perfectly sized for card fronts and featuring this terrific plaid pattern on the back.

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Our last 12″ x 12″ piece is a sheet of stickers!! Nice, thick card stock stickers perfectly coordinated with all the papers, images and icons featured in this kit.

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We are treated to some sentiments, words, tags and icons, and this sticker sheet also has that lovely scalloped floral border on the bottom and lots of small sentiment strips.

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The Home Sweet Home stamp set is a big 4″ x 8″ clear stamp set with lots of home-y images and sentiments and a long leaf border. Can’t wait to color these stamps! And we get a new color of peel-offs this month – the new Rose Gold Mirror pin-stripe peel-offs. Hmmmm… not too terrifically pink for a rose gold color!! Sweet!

And that brings us to our Embellishment bag…!  Always something interesting in here!

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To begin with, we get about 19″ of white lace ribbon shown on the bottom here. Then, from left to right and top to bottom we get five peach doilies, a meters length of twine spun with a strand of gold, 30 small silver heart gems, our sampler of the Home Sweet Home sequin mix, 9 wood veneer die-cuts, 30 heart topped straight pins in six colors (never seen anything like that in a card kit!), a small pack of ultra-fine glitter, 8 dies featuring some gardening implements, a detailed bird and an “I love my Garden” sentiment die, three spring wobblers – these are VERY heavy-duty… not sure if they will give us any wobble or just provide some collapsible dimension…? And, (especially for Alicia at Crazy Paper Chick) two Kraft tags.  BUT WAIT… Than’s not all!! We also get an overstuffed pack of ephemera to finish up this kit!

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Sentiments, flowers, houses, lamps, hearts, tags and even a printed doily – this pack of ephemera will satisfy anyone who likes to add quick and easy dimension to their cards!

I did get a couple of add-on products this month including the Home Sweet Home peel-off bundle that features a new peel-off shape: Straight peel-offs.

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That add-on bundle includes a sheet of Brown mirror straight peel-offs, Silver Moondust sway peel-offs, Mint Moondust pin-stripe peel-offs and a Silver Mirror bubble peel-off. To mark the new peel-off shape this month, Lizi is also offering an Essential Bundle of straight peel-offs in White, Black, Gold and Silver. Those straight peel-offs are about twice as thick as the thickest peel-offs in the pin-stripe pattern. Very cool!

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I also received the add-on sticker sheets. This is a pack of twelve 4″ x 6″ sticker sheets featuring alpha stickers and lots more sentiments, icons, tags, flowers and banners. This are thinner stickers than the 12″ x 12″ sticker sheet but I love all the extra sentiments!

At the most recent Junkie Fest, Lizi taught a class that featured an exclusive Christmas kit put together just for that class. I am SO happy to announce that this month, she has released two of the LFL branded products from that kit in her shop!

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I got The Magic of Christmas stamp set featuring one of Lizi’s ‘eyelash girls as an angel, along with a tree, ornaments and two fun sentiments. Is it Christmas time already..!?

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An lastly, I was thrilled to receive The Magic of Christmas 8″ x 8″ paper pad. There are 32 sheets of 16 designs (so we get two of each) you can see all 16 designs on the cover here… These include 6 pattern papers (x2) 6 gold foiled pattern papers (x2) 1 acetate print (x2) 1 gold foiled pattern vellum (x2) 1 Sticker sheet (x2) and 1 gold mirror board (x2). This is SO COOL! I don’t think I’ve ever received a pattern paper variety pack like this – one that includes vellum, acetate AND gold mirror board. So many options available with just one pack! Although there’s a fair share of pink patterns here, I think there’s enough variety here to satisfy even me! Christmas here we come!!

As of posting this kit and extras are still available at lovefromlizi.com. Remember, subscribers have until Midnight on the 25th (26th?) to add items to their kit for no extra shipping! If you want to join in on the fun this month, please use my links listed below:

Love From Lizi:  http://bit.ly/LFLlink

LFL October 2019 Card Kit: http://shrsl.com/1u3wa

Home Sweet Home peel-off bundle: http://shrsl.com/1u3wh

LFL Straight Essentials peel-off bundle: http://shrsl.com/1u3wo

Home Sweet Home stickers add-on: http://shrsl.com/1u3wu

The Magic of Christmas Stamp and Pattern Paper bundle: http://shrsl.com/1u3wy

The Magic of Christmas Patter Paper pad:  http://shrsl.com/1u3x3

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10 Cards 1 Kit | Love From Lizi September 2019 Super Card Kit

Hello Folks! Scott here with my 10 Cards 1 Kit post featuring the Love From Lizi September 2019 Super Card Kit. September 2nd is Love From Lizi’s third birthday, and Lizi treats us to a kit overloaded with extras every September.Screen Shot 2019-08-21 at 8.04.01 PMLizi always packs her monthly kits with an abundance of materials and her September Birthday Kits are just filled with more! Whoever said less is more never saw just how much more is more with Love From Lizi! This is the “Warm Thanks” Card Kit, and if there’s one type of card I can use more than any other, it’s Thank You cards!

I was fascinated with the ephemera frames featuring flowers and geometrics. Let’s play!

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I fiddled around with this concept for a while and tried a few different ink combinations for the brush stroke and sentiment and finally settled on this pairing – The brush stroke is stamped with Mustard Seed Distress ink and the sentiment is embossed using VersaMark ink with the Perfect Plum embossing powder from the kit. I did grab an old David Tutera white shimmer card base for this card, and took care to completely dry the Mustard Seed ink before embossing the sentiment. Of course, I placed the stamps in an appropriate position for this ephemera frame which is mounted to the card front using foam squares. A few of the purple flower sequins add a touch of bling, complimenting the shiny embossing sentiment and shimmer card base. I’ve never seen anything quite like these large ephemera frames – makes for a very sharp fairly simple card.

We do have 11 of those frames in our kit… so I figured this would be a good opportunity to make a couple sets of cards perfect for gifting – especially with the holidays coming..!

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Just by chance, there happened to be 10 different sentiments in my kit – between the included stamps and dies, and the Smudges and Sentiments add-on, and the new Background Builder dies, so I paired all the sentiment up with the brush stroke stamps and the ephemera frames and got 10 different cards. For the die-cut sentiments, I colored white card stock with a dark red Spectrum Noir Marker for a pretty good color match, and shined them up with a Spectrum Noir sparkle pen before die-cutting them out. I actually had a great time figuring out which sentiment and brushstroke went with which frame! That makes two nice card sets for gifts this year! Those flowers are beautiful and the frames unique and the sentiments very useful!

So that’s my 10 cards using the LFL September 2019 Super Card Kit! Pretty normal and straight forward and if you believe me, you really should know better! This was simply a detour I took wanting to use those ephemera frames! But there is so much more to play with in this kit! We did get the regular five sheets of card stock, which I (as usual) turned into card bases for this next batch of 10 cards.

You give me watercolor paper and a watercolor dot palette, and I want to color!

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I stamped the berry stamp from the kit six times on the included watercolor paper using VersaFine Onyx Black ink, and I used the Windsor & Newton dot palette to color everything – I ONLY used the palette – no extra colors for this painting! Fortunately, The “Thank you” sentiment fit in the center space perfectly, and I printed the “BERRY MUCH” on the panel using my Silhouette software and the Arial font. This is fairly thin watercolor paper, and I didn’t have any problems getting it to go through my Canon Pixma MX922.

I die cut the panel with a Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangle die and matted it on a thin white mat and glued those to the Navy card base. IMG_6569I was a little concerned that this might be my only pun with this kit, so I went all out and added “YOU BLUE ME AWAY” on the inside writing surface. Sometimes I just can’t help myself! And I think the inside sentiment is a perfect addition to this fun blueberry thank you card! I do have my painting of this panel shown on my 10C1K video on YouTube for this kit… sped up of course… it took a little less than an hour for me to paint this. I think it’s worth every minute!

But wait… most of the pattern paper in this kit is blended watercolor backgrounds… maybe I can “paint” these stamps using the pattern paper in the kit!

IMG_6570Which brings us to my second card on the Orange card base. I stamped and embossed the flower and leaf sprig on one of the orange-y pattern papers using Ranger White embossing powder and used one of the purple-y pattern papers to do the same with the berry stamp (twice). I die cut them all with the included dies, and trimmed a little extra off from the second berry stamp.

I was rummaging around in my scrap stash for some kind of frame that might fit this grouping, when I came across a bunch of thin frames die-cut in silver glitter card stock using an Altenew Fine Frames Cover die. I had cut these frames when working on the MMH October 2018 kit (that’s where the silver card stock came from too!) I grabbed my OR3 Spectrum Noir Marker and turned that silver glitter frame into an orange glitter frame. I stamped and white embossed the sentiment directly on the card base, glued the frame and all the die cuts to the front using a combination of liquid glue and foam squares. A few sequins from the Warm Thanks Sequin Mix finishes this card nicely! Not quite as detailed as a painting, but the pattern papers work well for ‘coloring’ the stamps!

I started fiddling with the big batch of ephemera in our kit and made and interesting discovery – there are 30 different ephemera pieces in this package, but, upon closer inspection, there are 15 designs in two sizes – a larger and smaller piece. Aha!!

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If you look closely, you can see that these two ephemera pieces are the same flower arrangements in two sizes. That should make them easy to pair up! I die cut a scrap of watercolor paper with a LFSRD and embossed the sentiment and one of the geometric frames from Lizi’s “Frames” stamp set using the Plum embossing powder. This is also two more of those silver ‘fine frames’ colored with the Dark Red alcohol marker. The frames and the embossed panel are glued to the Burgundy card base and the ephemera pieces are attached with foam squares. Three of the enamel dots from the kit add a little sparkle and this is definitely a very cozy, very “warm” thank you card!

I really liked the vellum sheet with gold foil we got in our kit this month,  and was very intrigued by the fact that is was so dark that you could barely see through it.

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My sheet had two of the berry images that were complete, so I fussy cut one of the clusters to use as the focal image on this card.  On the creamy Yellow card base, I embossed the large brushstroke stamp with the Perfect Plum embossing powder and embossed the sentiment on top of that using Ranger Gold embossing powder. I thought that echoed the foiled vellum piece very nicely. A couple of Gold Glitter peel-off stickers (from the Warm Thanks peel-off bundle) on the two sides and I got another fairly masculine ‘grateful’ card!

I needed a break from the muted, autumnal color palette in this kit so I grabbed one of the brushstroke stamps and satisfied my color compulsions with this card!

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On the White card base, I stamped the brushstroke 12 times using my Tim Holtz Stamp Platform and Distress Oxide inks in (left to right) Picked Raspberry, Candied Apple, Spiced Marmalade, Wild Honey, Squeezed Lemonade, Fossilized Amber, Twisted Citron, Lucky Clover, Peacock Feathers, Salty Ocean, Wilted Violet, and Seedless Preserves. I die cut the sentiment from thick white card stock three times and glued all the layers together and added that to the card front. I think brush stroke stamps lend themselves to repeated stamping in a variety of colors, and this combo reminds me that YES… it IS still Summer! WOO-HOO!

We received more than 15 feet of satin ribbon (in various colors) in our kit this month, and though I’m not really much of a “ribbons and bows” card maker, I did want to come up with a creative way of using some of that bonanza of ribbons…

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I cut a piece of stiff cardboard to 2″ x 4″ and, using 1/4″ Scor-tape on the back side, attached the five ribbons to the short side and 10 ribbons to the long side. I wove all the ribbons together and (stretching them tight) attached their loose ends to the back. I really like the quilt-y feel that gives us! I’m going to have to go back and look at some of the old ribbons in my stash now! I glued a 3″ piece of the pattern paper to the Burgundy card base, trimmed the edges with White peel-offs colored with my Dark Red Spectrum Noir Marker, and glued the weaving on top with more Scor-tape.

I created this sentiment with the Lawn Fawn Scripty Thanks die cut out of white card stock 3 times, layered together and topped off with one final die-cut from the pattern paper. I worried that a small delicate sentiment would get lost on the weaving so I went for this bold “thanks” instead. I added some sparkle to that sentiment with a Spectrum Noir Sparkle pen and glued it to the top of this card front. I really, really like this!!

Let’s play with the Alpha Stickers in our kit! I have some dear friends celebrating their 30th anniversary this month so I thought an anniversary card would be appropriate!

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Very sharp and quite classy! First I covered a white card base with the damask pattern paper. I took a 4.25″ x 5.5″ sheet of 40# vellum and, using a small stylus, hand embossed the square on the back of the vellum using the inside of a LFSRD as a stencil. I ran the vellum through my 5″ Xyron Create-a-Sticker and glued that over the pattern paper. I did line up the “C&K” Alpha stickers on the edge of a clear ruler before sticking them down to the card front – those Alpha Stickers are VERY sticky!!  I added a partial frame to the top left and bottom right corners using the Gold Glitter peel offs and reached for my LFL Atta Girl die (February 2019) and die-cut the ‘flourish’ from the top border of my peel-off sheet (so it’d be a perfect match!) and attached that in the center under the initials. Really very nice! I can’t wait to send this card! And I have LOTS more of those initials!

I wanted to play with the “Frames” stamp set and ephemera pieces a little more…

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On the Navy card base we have two layers of pattern papers with thin white mats. Please note these were hand-cut – that’s right – I DIDN’T use my LFSRDies to cut these!! LOL!! I embossed the frame stamp on some white card stock with the Plum embossing powder and ended up fussy cutting that piece – I LIKE that! I paired that up with a matching set of ephemera pieces (with the flowers BEHIND the frame). I white embossed the sentiment on the card front and mounted the ephemera/frame grouping using foam squares. The white sentiment and white mats on the pattern papers compliment the white borders on the ephemera pieces and the fussy cut stamp. Very similar to my ephemera frames card sets, but with quite a bit more color! I love this combo, and it’s good to know I can create more “ephemera frames” using that stamp set and the huge assortment ephemera pieces!

Now I have used the flowers stamp, but I haven’t water colored it yet…

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I die-cut the last of the watercolor paper from our kit with a LFSRD, and stamped the flower and leaves using VersaFine Onyx Black ink. I did make a mask for the flower using my Inkadinkado Stamping Mask Paper so I could stamp the leaves “behind” the flower. I water colored the flower and leaves using only the W&N dot palette from our kit. I did color the flower with the Yellow Ochre to match the soft Yellow card base! I stamped the sentiment using Wilted Violet Distress oxide ink and I embossed that with some clear embossing powder. I glued the watercolor panel to the Yellow card base, and used the medium Lilac peel-off stickers for the frame around the panel and the thinnest peel-offs for the partial frame on the watercolor panel. Some of the green glitter enamel dots adds a little more sparkle to wrap up this card. I really like how this card turned out! Remember purple and yellow are complimentary colors! Though, you know, I still haven’t quite figured out what kind of flower this is…!

I really didn’t want to finish my 10 cards with out using the New Candystripe rubber background stamp – Lizi’s very first rubber background stamp!

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I fiddled around with that stamp for a while before I realized I could use it to enhance the pattern papers in this kit by embossing the papers with clear embossing powder! That shiny background stripe dictated this whole card. I die cut the pattern paper with a LFSRD and matted that on a thin white mat (I knew I wanted to use another ephemera piece) before gluing those to the last Orange card base. I die-cut the sentiment from two pieces of thick white card stock, glued them together and topped them off with another die-cut from the dark berry and leaf pattern paper. Then I clear embossed the sentiment as well – matching the shine of the stripes! I liked that so much, I fussy cut a lot of the white border away from this ephemera piece and clear embossed that too! MORE shine!

I attached a piece of the mauve ribbon across the bottom of the panel using my 1.5″ Xyron Sticker maker and, instead of adding a bow, added some of the dark enamel dots to the center of that ribbon instead. The sentiment is glued to the card front and the ephemera flowers are mounted with foam squares. I think this shows off that new rubber background stamp nicely without it becoming too much about the stamp! Great shine on this card – and I like that ephemera piece with a smaller white border… I’ll have to remember that one!

That’s my 20 (twenty, count ’em, twenty!) cards created from the Love from Lizi September 2019 Warm Thanks Super Card Kit.

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A really nice variety of cards from this kit – and a nice variety of styles on display here! I think I found a lot of options on how to use this plethora of supplies from this card kit. As usual, I do have a good amount of left-overs to add to my stash this month. I only used 8 sheets of pattern paper, so I have 12 sheets untouched, I only have one ephemera frame left, but lots of ephemera pieces. I did use every sentiment in this set (stamps and dies) and a lot (though not all) of the brushstroke stamps. I did manage to use at least a little bit of everything included in this kit. That feels like quite an accomplishment in itself!

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This kit has sold out (naturally) but a lot of the add-ons and new products are still available. If you do go shopping at Love From Lizi please use the specific links in this post or my general LFL link: http://bit.ly/LFLlink  Your support is greatly treasured and always appreciated.

This marks the beginning of my third year as a LFL Design Team member, and I have to admit that the past couple of years have been a pretty wild ride with one of the most unique card kits on the market. I owe a great big THANK YOU to Lizi, my fellow DT Members and especially to all of YOU – YOU are the reason I do this! Your generous support and encouragement over the last couple of years has kept me inspired and continually searching to come up with unique ways to use these fun kits and hopefully embolden you to think a little bit outside of the box on your own card-making journeys! Please click the FOLLOW link at the top of this post, and remember to follow CardCutups on Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube. Please Like me, List me, Pin me, Post me and share me with all your friends (and your enemies too!) Remember, don’t run with scissors, and as always, I wish you Happy Crafting!

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10 Cards 1 Kit | My Monthly Hero August 2019

Hello Folks! Scott here with my post featuring the My Monthly Hero August 2019 Kit! This kit is a medieval set featuring Kings and Queens, Maidens and Knights and a fun assortment of fantasy / fairy tale images and dies.

Screen Shot 2019-08-05 at 6.37.46 PMOur 6″ x 8″ stamp set includes all these great images and a big assortment of sentiments that you can combine in many different ways. We get 17 matching frame cuts for all the stamp images and a Fancy Castle die too! We also get three Glimmer Ink Pots (Gold, Purple, Red), and a pack of Dragon Scale Sequins along with 2 half-sheets of parchment paper, and 2 half-sheets of that totally groovy Mirri Matte Lava Purple Paper. Almost too pretty to cut! So many treats in our kit this month! Let’s go to the Renaissance Fair!

I did use my Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers and VersaFine Onyx Black ink on Bristol Smooth Card Stock for all the stamping and coloring (unless otherwise noted). These are fairly small yet very detailed stamps and I find the tiny brush tips on the Zig markers invaluable for coloring – and they move and blend so easily on Bristol Smooth card stock.

I didn’t stamp and color everything immediately for some reason this month… I wasn’t convinced that I would be die-cutting everything – I thought I’d be doing more direct stamping on card fronts (as in this first card). As usual, I do challenge myself to use all of the stamps in these 10 cards and as many kit supplies as possible, so my mind is racing!

First I noticed the empty banner stamps and that there were only a few sentiments that would fit in the banners – none of the larger font sentiments would fit in those stamps. Then I noticed the vertical banner and realized that there were no vertical sentiments created for that stamp. Ah-hah!

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There ya go!! One of the big sentiments on five banners! Looks like a medieval billboard! After figuring out the distance between the two poles of the banner (1 3/8″), I used my Tim Holtz Stamp Platform to stamp the right banner (masking off the left side), moved my card stock over 1 3/8″ and stamped the left banner (masking off the right side). I used my Pigma Micron 01 pen and a ruler to connect the cross pole on the top, then stamped the single banner on a piece of scrap card stock and fussy cut it to use as a stencil to trace the points on the bottom of the banner. Finally, I free-handed the banner ‘attachments’ on the pole across the top. I did use the Gold Glimmer metallic ink to color the banner and finials, and stamped the sentiment and embossed it with some Ranger ultra fine Clear embossing powder. A few dragon sequins at the points for a finishing touch!

I stamped and colored the Knight and his trusty steed – using the gold ink for the tassels and trims. Now I had two nicely colored images on a plain white card front… hmmmm. I scribbled some of my Zig markers on my palette, thinned them down with a lot of water, and lightly painted in some clouds in the sky and some grass to ground our scene. This is the first time I’ve done this and I think it worked quite well. I did add some detail and texture to the ground here and there with a more direct application of the markers.

I die-cut the card front with a Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangle die, added a mat of dark blue card stock, and glued those to a white card base.IMG_6531 Of course, I thought Hero Arts had given us a very nice joke with the addition of the “Welcome to the middle ages” sentiment, so I took that to heart and stamped the sentiment on the inside of the card. I think both of these sentiments are my favorite in this kit, and they actually make a very nice birthday card for anyone entering those nebulous middle ages…!

I was eager to tackle the dragon stamp in the kit and the Knight with the sword certainly seemed ready for battle. I was also eager to play with the Fancy Castle die…!

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First I used some Holbein Gouache in Permanent White to spatter some stars on a dark blue card panel, I punched a 1″ circle from some light grey card stock for the moon, die cut the Fancy Castle out of some medium grey card stock and sponged the edges with Hero Hues Sea Salt ink. I free-hand cut the darkest grey card for the “rock” border in front, and added detail with the Sea Salt ink and a post-it note mask. I did add a little more “rocks” behind the knight just using the back of the right side of the cut out rocks as a stencil on the castle card stock. I used VersaMark ink and Ranger white embossing powder for the sentiment under the dragon. The castle and moon are glued directly to the blue card panel, and the “rocks” are mounted with foam squares.

I did want to color a red dragon, but was a little unsatisfied with his smooth appearance… Hmmmmm… I drew in the dragon scales and the texture on his belly with my Pigma 01 pen and that made him feel much more dragon-like to me! Much more menacing! The knight and the dragon are mounted with foam squares and the whole panel is glued to a white card base.

Once again this kit provided us with a perfect sentiment for the inside: “thou be-eth on fire” is an obvious compliment to the “you Slay” sentiment.IMG_6533 I stamped the fire sentiment on a piece of the parchment paper included in the kit, stamped and colored the “flame” stamp below the sentiment, and die cut the paper with my LFSRD before mounting it to the inside.

I like that dragon stamp a lot and will remember that it’s very easy to add scales to that stamp. I really like the mostly grey tone to this card with the pop of the red dragon to draw your eye. I think that castle die is a great background die and should prove very useful in oh so many ways. These sentiments are my second favorite pair in our stamp set this month. A cool congrats card!

After I posted my 10C1K video of the MMH July ’19 kit, Libbie Hickson at Hero Arts contacted 81giJGdjsFL._SL1500_me and asked if I would like to try the new Hero Hues reactive ink pads. Well, of course…!  You don’t have to ask me twice! These pads are formulated with both dye and pigment properties and are water reactive and should lend themselves to easy blending. Hero Arts offers some great colors with these new inks: Taffy, Fruit Punch, Creamsicle, Lemon Drop, Key Lime Fizz, Green Apple, Pool Party, Blue Raspberry, Splash, Blue Hawaii, Berry Smoothie, Thistle, Grape Slush, Fog and Sea Salt. I wanted to try doing some background blending with these new inks on this next card.

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I blended this background using Pool Party and Blue Hawaii for the sky and Green Apple for the grass. I did use Bristol Smooth card stock and a Mini ink blending tool for the background and was very pleased with the smooth and very colorful results – goes quite  well with the Zig markers! As you can see, I did die cut this Bristol smooth card stock background with a LFSRD. I just can’t help myself!

I stamped the maidens in a row fairly easily by just masking her left side. I stamped the cabana three times, trimmed off half the curtains on two and all the curtains on the third and glued their tops together to make a great big tent capable of holding all these maidens. The sentiments are stamped on the double banner, and I cut off the flag on the right (and center) tent poles so I could fly the banner from there. A thin strip of wood-grained pattern paper provides a bit of a platform for the tents, and the purple lava card stock is the background inside of the tent. Everything is glued to the inked background, and the knight is mounted with foam squares.

I cut a piece of the purple lava card stock to 4″ x 5.25″ to use as a mat, but I couldn’t bear to waste everything behind the card front, so I die cut the center of that mat away using the same LFSRD that I used to cut the card front. The card front and the mat inlay perfectly and are glued down to a white card base. I’m not quite sure if these maidens are putting on a show, displaying the latest fashions, or simply being offered up to this Knight, but whichever it is, I can’t think of anything much warmer..!

I’ve used six out of the 15 sentiments in this stamp set so far… I’m aching for a pun!

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When I saw our little jester stamp I knew just what I wanted to do with him! I die cut a panel of Bristol card stock with the next smaller LFSRD, and colored that using a Marabu Kiwi Watercolor Crayon and a baby wipe. Then I used my Tim Holtz Shifter Diamonds layering stencil with Hero Hues inks in Green Apple and Grape Slush. Love the two-color pattern you can get with that layering stencil! Perfect for a jester card!

Continuing along with my ultra-anal preservation of that purple lava card stock, I took the piece remaining from the last card and die-cut the center away using the same die I used to cut the pattern panel – perfect inlay again! I glued the frame and panel to a thin orange mat from my stash – I chose orange to finish out the rainbow on this card!

I printed this sentiment using my Silhouette software and the Fraktur BT font on a scrap of Bristol card (colored with the Kiwi) and die-cut with a Lawn Fawn Everyday Sentiment die.IMG_6537 Of course the pun is on the inside! “It’s just a nice Jester” makes me laugh and is a pretty darn good pun perfect for this kit! The inside sentiment is printed directly on the card base using the same font and software.  Finally, I die-cut the colored jester and mounted him and the sentiment banner to the card front using foam squares. Very colorful and fun card! I think that jester is a fun focal image on the card front. Nice pose!

I colored the king and queen stamps and thought that I would be using them together… but we do have individual sentiments for both seats of power, so…

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I die cut another piece of Bristol card stock with the next smaller LFSRD and used the Hero Hues Fruit Punch, Creamsicle and Lemon Drop inks to blend this background. I did sprinkle a little water on the background and blotted it up to display the water-reactive properties of this new ink. Very nice!

I dry embossed the castle die on a piece of watercolor paper and sketchily colored it with my Zig markers and then sprayed it down with water. I moved the wet ink around a little bit with a brush and let it all dry before completing the die-cutting. I used the same LFSRD to cut the bottom of the watercolor castle panel. I trimmed the “my” from the “you’re my” sentiment and stamped these (3) sentiments on the bottom of the watercolor panel using Onyx Black ink.

I moved to the next smaller LFSRD to cut the center from the remaining Purple lava card stock, and cut a second frame from some scrap white card stock to make this frame a little thicker – the ink blended background and the castle panel make a double thickness.  The double frame and the background are glued to a white card base, and the castle panel is glued at the bottom and foam taped around the castle for a little dimension.IMG_6539 Lastly, the seated monarch is attached to the card front using foam squares.

I die-cut more of the parchment paper for my inside writing surface and stamped “You Rule” at the top. I couldn’t resist a little bit more and printed the “my heart” underneath using the Lucida Blackletter font. “You Rule my heart” seems much more user friendly to me and turns this card into a prefect little Renaissance Valentine!

I love the soft watercolor feel on the castle, and the colorful background using the Hero Hues inks. A non-traditional Valentine for any Queen in your life!

A number of years ago, had the pleasure of directing the opera “Un Giorno di Regno” by Giuseppe Verdi which basically translates into King for a Day – thus this next card:

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Major masculine here!! On a black card base, I took that last piece of purple lava card stock left over from the Queen card (that piece started with the 4″ x 5.25″ piece cut for my first card!) and matted that on a thin white mat and glued it to the card base. I die cut the castle from more black card stock and die-cut the bottom with the same LFSRD and glued that to the purple background. I embossed the sentiment(s) using VersaMark ink and white embossing powder and attached the die-cut King with foam squares.IMG_6541

I did die cut another piece of the parchment paper for the inside writing surface and stamped the “happy day of thy birth” sentiment on that. This would make an equally good Father’s Day card, and I could always add another writing panel on the inside with a different sentiment if needed. Love that purple lava card stock standing in for the sky… and totally love this uber-masculine card!

I like the stylized unicorn stamp and the pose he’s in – one of my favorites in this set! After I colored this stamp I knew I wanted to continue the rainbow theme on this card.

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I dug out this old zig-zag stencil (no idea where it came from) and used some Deco Foil Transfer Gel and Rainbow Shattered Glass Deco Foil on some black card stock to make the center panel for this card. I glued that foiled piece and two 1/4″ strips of the lava card stock to a thin white mat, then to thicker black mat, and then down to a white card front.

I printed the “Believe in Yourself” sentiment using the Fraktur Bt font and my Silhouette software (remember that software is FREE!!) and die cut it with the LF sentiment die. The  colored and die-cut unicorn and the sentiment banner are attached to the card front with foam squares. I LOVE this card! The zig zags almost feel like lightning and that foil goes so well with the lava card stock and the rainbow unicorn. A terrifically bright and shiny encouragement card!

I also like the archer maiden stamp – another stamp that actually displays some action! I did experiment with making this a single-layer card but the archer on top of the banner got a little too busy, so I went with die cuts for the girl, the arrows and the target.

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I die-cut another panel of Bristol smooth card stock with a LFSRD and used Hero Hues Pool Party and Green Apple inks along with my Cheap-o Blender brushes to blend this light ethereal background. 01a10x14medievalUnicornTapestry_-_Copy_4000x@3x.progressiveI stamped the row of five banners using my stamp platform, and paper pieced them with a little cartoon rendering of one of the unicorn tapestries I found on line. I actually live a few block away from the Cloisters which is a part of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and houses the Unicorn tapestries. I just printed this five times on plain paper, stamped and fussy cut the banner, and glued them on top of the stamped images. I did give them all a little shadow on their left sides with my lightest gray Zig marker. That adds a little dimension!

I printed this sentiment on the card front using my Silhouette software and the Fraktur BT font. I thought this was a fun play on the “practice makes perfect” saying, and totally in tune with this kit. I matted the banner panel to a thin yellow mat and glued those to a white card base. Some of the gold glimmer metallic ink for the finials, a little Zig marker grass and shadow detail, and the die cuts all mounted with foam tape finish out this card.IMG_6547 Looks like this maiden needs a little more practice..!! The arrow in the banner makes me giggle ’cause it actually hit the heart of the unicorn! Paper piecing is also a terrific way to use this banner stamp. So many patterns would work quite well as decorative banners! I did want to finish this card on a positive note, so I printed the “You got this!” sentiment on the inside of the card base. Yet another fun encouragement card!

I thought the “royal greetings” sentiment in our stamp set felt a little stuck-up and the “I thank thee” sentiment sounded like a prayer or a hymn, so I decided to pair the two up and hopefully lessen the awkwardness… I think they work pretty well together!

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Back to the horse-riding knight for this card, with one of them reverse-stamped so they could face each other (that will help with the pun inside..!!) I printed this pattern from my image stash in orange and glued it just above the center of the card base. I did sponge a little Creamsicle ink on the short edges for a little distressing. I added 1/8″ strips of the lava card stock on either side of that pattern, and another to the bottom edge of the card base. I demonstrate my reverse stamping technique in the MMH June 2019 post if you’re interested, and I die cut the reverse pieces using a light table to position the die.
The shields are actually painted with the red and purple glimmer metallic inks – not as much glimmer as the gold but pretty nonetheless! IMG_6549For a finishing touch, I added a Love From Lizi Lilac Mirror Bubble peel-off between the lava strips on the bottom. I also used my last piece of parchment paper to create this pun on the inside writing surface. I printed “joust wanted to say…” on the die-cut parchment paper using the Lucida Blackletter font. This pun makes me wish we had a Knight on a charging horse with a jousting pole… but I guess we need him as a standard bearer. Still, a nice thank you card with a pun!

I only have the Wizard stamp and the “have a Magical day” sentiment stamp left to use.

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I stamped the wizard directly to a die-cut panel of Bristol smooth card stock, and colored him with my Zig markers. I embossed the sentiment using VersaMark ink and SSS Steel Navy embossing powder. I punched a tiny hole at the end of the wizard’s wand and cut a  thin black mat for that panel. I marked the wand hole on the black mat and punched a 1/4″ hole through the mat right behind the wand hole, and glued the two pieces together.

I found this perfect ShutterStock image in my stash, printed it on white card stock, die-cut it with a LFSRD and mounted it to a thin black mat and then down to a white card base. I did the Chibitronic wiring on the pattern paper with the battery in the lower left corner and one of the blue LEDs behind the wand hole. I stamped the “push” stamp from the MFT Interactive Labels stamp using the Blue Reactive ink from the MMH July 2018 kit, and stamped the “… day of thy birth” sentiment on the inside using the same ink. I attached the card front to the background using my EK tools thick foam squares and added some Spectrum Noir Sparkle pen around the wizard, and a clear gem over the hole at the end of the wand.

 

When I saw this wizard stamp I knew I’d be doing another light-up card with this kit – “luminos!” to quote the Harry Potter gang..! The pattern paper and embossing powder match beautifully, and, though still pretty tiny, I do like this wizard stamp. Whether this is Merlin, or Albus Dumbledore, or Gandalf (the blue?) or some random magician, I think everyone can use a good wizard stamp in their stash! I know I’m glad to have one now! And this sentiment is the perfect compliment!

So that completes my 10 cards using the MMH August 2019 Kit! I ended up die-cutting more images than I thought, and I did manage to use every stamp in this stamp set (if you forgive me not using the “my” from the “you’re my” sentiment stamp)! I used a few sequins and a little bit of all the inks, I used all of the parchment paper and I still have one and a quarter sheets of that Purple Lava card stock left over! Pretty good considering there’s six cards here with some of that shiny card stock. All in all, pretty successful!

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We have a lovely assortment of cards with a few birthday cards, a few encouragement cards, a congrats card, a valentine, a thank you card and even a couple of puns! A very colorful batch of cards that are perhaps more Renaissance Faire than Fairy Tale! I’m sure a lot of these stamps and dies will get a good workout in the years to come!

As of posting, this kit is still available at Hero Arts. If I’ve managed to spark your imagination, and you do go shopping at Hero Arts, please use my link: http://bit.ly/2sBmuMCHeroArts And for the MMH August ’19 kit: http://shrsl.com/1rv01. Thank you so much! It is always greatly appreciated!

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