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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UnBoxing! Love From Lizi September 2019 SUPER Card Kit.

Hello Folks! Scott here with the New Love From Lizi September 2019 Super Card Kit! Lizi is calling this the Warm Thanks Card Kit and she has a few surprises in store for us!

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Love From Lizi turns 3 this September 2nd, and to celebrate, we get a kit that is over-stuffed with coordinated card stocks, pattern papers, stamps, dies, ephemera, embellishments, and unique items created exclusively for Love From Lizi! Let’s dig in!

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Lizi always includes five sheets of 8.5″ x 11″ card stock in her kits. This month we get a warm Orange, soft Yellow, super smooth White (alcohol marker-friendly), Navy and Burgundy. We also get a specialty sheet of gold foiled vellum in the same size – foiled berries and leaves on a dark speckled background. Very pretty.

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We are treated to three sheets of clear Alpha stickers in this kit. Lovely large capital letters with different flower accents, and a bunch of ampersands – Lizi says she included all the extra ampersands to assist when making anniversary, or wedding cards when you want to feature the lucky couple’s initials. Really nice stickers! And we also get a 6″ x 8″ sheet of watercolor paper – I believe this may be Tim Holt’s watercolor paper…  Hmmmmmmmm….  does this mean we may be getting some watercolors??

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Plenty of pattern papers this month with 20 single-sided sheets of LFL Warm Thanks 6″ x 6″ pattern papers. Looks like we’re going for a rather distressed vintage feel this month with lots of plum and beige and mauve and pink with touches of orange and browns. These all match the flowers on the Alpha stickers quite nicely. The first five sheets on the top left are also pearlescent specialties and sport a slightly golden sheen! Pretty!

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A BIG 6″ x 8″ stamp set with matching dies is up next in our kit. A large flower bloom, a sprig of berries and two kinds of leaves are paired with some “brush stroke” stamps in assorted shapes and sizes and three “thankful” sentiments to finish it out. AND we get matching dies for all the images in the stamp set including the “brush stroke” stamps. I always love getting matching dies with a stamp set!

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Here’s the sentiment dies! A bonus die set with “Warm Thanks”, “Many Thanks”, and “Just a note” die cuts – though these are in the same font as the sentiment stamps, I don’t believe they are made to die-cut the stamps themselves – they look a bit bigger than the stamps…  And we get yet another new peel-off color this month – Lilac – in the pin-stripe shape featuring three different widths. Lizi’s peel off stickers must be one of her most popular items of all time!  I know I love them!

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The last thing we get to before we open the embellishment bag is a package of “frames” – ephemera frames featuring the flowers from the Alpha stickers again. These are all quite large (Lizi said they wouldn’t fit in the embellishment bag!) and can easily cover the entire front of an A2 card. 11 frame pieces in total featuring a variety of geometric shapes accented with different clusters of flowers. Very unique!

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Finally we get to our embellishment bag! From left to right we have Glitter Dots – self-adhesive enamel dots in five colors with lots of sparkly bits inside, new Love From Lizi embossing powder in Perfect Plum – very, very shiny and it matches the flowers ‘perfectly’! The Warm Thanks sequin mix features gold sequins in a variety of sizes along with a sprinkling of plum sequins. Another NEW item to the LFL kits is this Windsor and Newton Watercolor dot card put together especially for the Warm Thanks Card Kit. WOO-HOO! Watercolor dot cards have been popping up in a lot of card kits recently, and it’s good to see Lizi bringing yet  another brand of watercolors to our craft desks! If that weren’t enough we also get a spool of five 3/8″ satin ribbons – a meter length each in burgundy, yellow, moss green, tan, and mauve. That’s almost 16.5′ of ribbon! Just when you think there can’t be anything else, there’s one more package of…

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Ephemera pieces!! 30 different pieces of ephemera featuring the flowers introduced way back on the sticker sheet. Definitely a bountiful blessing of beautiful blooms to play with!

Of course Lizi has provided for us a great grab bag of add-on products for this kit. Four different card stock packs in matte and mirror, pearlescent, a gold assortment and a pack of acetate as well some groovy floral glitter stickers, paper flowers, burlap flowers, embossing folders, and metal charms. I managed to snag a few extras this month!

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I did get the Warm Thanks Peel-off bundle which includes Gold Glitter pin-stripes, Copper bubble, Purple pin-stripes, and Grass Green sway peel-offs. And I am especially thrilled to get this “Frames” 6″ x 8″ stamp set. Each of those frames are individual stamps – this isn’t just 8 stamps but 19 stamps with two and three different sizes for each frame design! This stamp set seems like an invaluable stash builder, and I can see this set getting a lot of use for years to come! And there’s MORE…

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I got the “Smudges and Sentiments” 4″ x 6″ add-on stamp set featuring three more sentiments – “Thank You”, Just a note” and “With lots of love” and six more “brush stroke” smudges. Another perfect compliment to this kit. I also got two brand new items included in the September release – the Background Builder die set (listed as Set One, so there must be more sets coming!!) This is a collection of 5 stitched shapes and a “Best Wishes” sentiment… you know how much I love my stitched rectangle dies!! And finally, Lizi has produced her first rubber stamp! The LFL Candystripe Background stamp is a 6″ x 6″ rubber stamp that is amazingly versatile and a welcome addition to my sadly thin stash of background rubber stamps! Now that is a kit worth celebrating!!

Lizi’s kits sell out VERY quickly, so if I’ve managed to whet your appetite or spark your imagination, I would suggest heading over to lovefromlizi.com and getting one for yourself! Better yet, become a subscriber and you’ll never have to worry about missing out on one of Lizi’s  unique and overstuffed kits ever again! I know many of Lizi’s subscribers have made more than 50 cards from a single kit…! Sometimes I think they’re in competition with each other!

I am looking forward to digging into these supplies and seeing what this Super Card Kit inspires in me! Keep an eye out for my 10 Cards 1 Kit video coming asap!  Please share this post with any and all interested parties, hurry over and grab your kit before they sell out, and, as always, I wish you Happy Crafting!

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10 Cards 1 Kit | Love From Lizi August 2019 “Flawless” Card Kit

Hello Folks! Scott here with my 10 cards inspired by the Love From Lizi August 2019 “Flawless” Card Kit.  This month’s kit features an assortment of gem images and icons and some unique layered sentiment stamps. And lots of PINK!

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I decided to go ahead and embrace the pink this month and see where this kit inspires me! If you can’t beat ’em… join ’em! And it’s not like I’m allergic to pink or anything!! I do make card bases from all the letter-size card stock included in the kit… let’s use the pink card bases first!

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To begin with, my eye was drawn to our hexagonal sentiment die, which I paired up with the matching sentiment pattern paper and the hexagonal pattern paper. I die-cut the Bronze specialty paper with the hexagonal sentiment die, and stacked that up with 3 die-cuts from white card stock for some added thickness, and matted that on some of the pink specialty card stock. I fussy cut the hexagonal pattern paper following the right side of the darkest hexagons, and die-cut that and the sentiment pattern paper with a Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangle die. I cut a thin mat of white for the sentiment pattern paper and glued those to a pink card base. The hexagon pattern paper is mounted with foam squares, the die cut sentiment stack is glued directly to the card front, and I added a sprinkling of the Silver Lining metallic Nuvo Drops for more shine. I think this pattern paper feels like rising bubbles to me – even though they’re hexagons! Nice and PINK but with a bit of a classic Bronze pop on our sentiment. Love those Nuvo Drops too!

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For some reason I got the idea to do this diamond stamp using the white/gold peel off stickers from the kit. I stamped the diamond using Simon Says Stamps Barely Beige on a scrap of white card stock and used the thinnest peel off stickers right on top of the stamped lines. VERY COOL! Almost like an embossed stamp but smoother and sharper and every bit as dimensional! The diamond stamp was perfect for this – nice and large without too many lines. I did add a touch of shading on this gem with a simple pencil, and added some glitz with a Spectrum Noir Sparkle pen.

I stamped the sentiment using Delicata Golden Glitz ink, and was so pleased with that sparkle, that I skipped the layering part for this sentiment. I die cut the white panel with a LFSRD, and cut a reverse mat in the center of the foiled pattern paper cut to 5.5″ x 3.875″ – that saved me a nice solid piece of that pattern paper, while still providing a nice mat for the focal piece. The pattern paper and white panel are glued directly to the pink card base, with a couple more thin peel off stickers on the sides, and a few sequins along the bottom for the finishing touch. That big white diamond balances out the pink nicely!

This is a big SHOUT-OUT to Pat Cyzauskas who reached out and shared some of her Daniel Smith watercolors with me. IMG_6378BUT, she didn’t just give me a DOT card, she sent me a BLOB card!! Oh my heavens, big blobs of colors to play with!  And about 60 different colors! I was in a little bit of watercolor heaven when I received this! SO… I thought I would break into this DS BLOB card and watercolor me some gems with this kit. Of course I had to go do a little research and found this great picture of birthstones featuring all different colorsBirthstone-Options-01_1024x1024 of gems. It’s not just the top cut that makes a gem sparkle, it’s the facets cut into the back of gems that give them their real sparkle and shine.  Maybe I can achieve that effect with watercolors! And look at that Pink Tourmaline!

I stamped the rectangular gem on some watercolor paper using VersaFine Onyx Black ink and decided to color it as an Emerald for this card – after all, pink and green go very well IMG_6458together! I simply laid down a layer of very thin water color (phthalo green) over the whole image and thought about the back of the gem coming to a point at the center – I lightly painted in some lines going from the corners of the flat cut surface to a center point, and then added layer after layer of more watercolor trying to define the facets – I did find that simply creating little triangles of color seemed to suggest facets without getting TOO mathematical about it!! I do use a very small brush, and very little water, and it seems that if you get a nice assortment of light to dark triangles, then the illusion of depth really works!  I fussy cut the gem and added some Spectrum Noir sparkle pen to add some real twinkle to the emerald.

I die-cut the white specialty card stock panel and the marble pattern paper with LFSRDs and stamped the sentiment on the white pearlescent panel using Emerald Green Archival ink for the letters and LFL Emerald City embossing powder for the highlights. I matted the white panel with some green glitter card stock from my stash,  added a thin black mat behind the marble pattern paper, and glued all down to a white card base. Lastly, I mounted the emerald with some foam squares and called it a day! Painting the gems like this may be a little tedious, but I had great fun creating some depth in this emerald with the “facets”. And the pink marble pattern paper goes well with the bright pop of green from the emerald.

I really liked all the dies in our kit this month, and wanted to try to use them all…

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The heart die matched the design of this pattern paper, and that’s what gave me the idea for this card. Red, yes… but no Pink! I die-cut the heart from white card stock five times and glued them all together to make a chunky, chipboard-like embellishment. I embossed the top of the die cut heart using VersaMark ink and the LFL Cherry Red embossing powder. I love that embossing powder so much! I embossed the sentiment on the pattern paper, and using our Nuvo Clear Mark pen, embossed the red stripes on the edges of the 3.75″ wide pattern paper. I did add some Sheer Shimmer Spritz to the pattern paper before stamping the sentiment and adding it to the card front. Everything is glued directly to the Dark Grey card base. I didn’t really like seeing through the heart to the pattern paper behind, so I added some red glitter card stock from my stash to the back of the heart before I glued it to the card front. Shiny and sparkly and NOT pink!!

The “Smile” die-cut is in a really nice font and a useful sentiment, so I grabbed that next!

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The “Smile” on the hexagonal pattern paper with the assorted sentiments actually matches the die so I fussy cut a strip of that pattern paper to capture as many “Smile”s as I could. Let’s get rid of any hexagons that DON’T say “smile”! I die-cut the four center hexagons (no “smile”s in those) with one of the LFL Nesting Hexagon dies (included in the LFL March ’18 kit and still available as an add-on with this kit) and considered making this a shaker card, but realized the spaces between the hexagons were very thin and probably would be difficult to foam tape. I reached for my Adhesive Mirror Hexagons (from the LFL August ’18 kit and an add-on this month) and saw that they fit just inside the die-cut openings. Okay… let’s try something else..!

I die-cut some silver mylar from my stash into four hexagons to cover over the four remaining non-smile sentiments on my pattern paper (also die-cut some of the marble pattern paper to cover the center hexagon). And I die-cut the “Smile” from the same mylar, and added it to a stack of four white die cuts glued together for the chunky sentiment. I cut two 1″ strips of the spatter pattern paper and glued those to the sides of another Dark Grey card base. I attached the hexagon pattern paper with foam squares and glued the mirror tiles directly to the card base inside of the die-cut openings. I glued the stacked “Smile” sentiment to the center, and added some of the medium clear/silver peel off stickers down either side. IMG_6461I’m not a huge fan of simple declarative sentiments, so I decided to add to this card with an additional sentiment on the inside writing surface. I think “It makes people wonder what you’re up to!” is a fun addition to the simple “Smile” sentiment and provides a light-hearted chuckle for the recipient! This sentiment is created using my Silhouette software (it’s FREE!) and printed with the Smoothie Shoppe font. FUN!

I still felt compelled to do a shaker card this month – we did get the perfect frame for one!

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I trimmed off the wider side of the ‘polaroid’ foiled frame to make an even frame all the way around, added an acetate window behind the frame, added a triple layer of foam tape around the edges, filled it with sequins and one of the “You are Loved” die cuts from our kit, and covered the back with a piece of the striped glitter pattern paper. On an Ivory card base, I used some 1/8″ score tape to add our Tonic Copper gilding flakes to the sides and then glued a 4″ panel of pattern paper (cut to expose as many of the “You are Loved” sentiments as possible) directly to the card front, and glued the shaker element on top of that. I die cut three hearts (using the rectangle / heart die in our kit) from a glitter portion of the glitter marble pattern paper and added those below the shaker with spots of foam tape. I really like the repeated sentiments here (seems like a theme is developing!) and I love that the “You are Loved” ephemera piece is free to shake around!

Now, pink and purple are a classic combination as well, so let’s paint an Amethyst!

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I painted this gem using the same technique as the Emerald on Card 3 (using mostly carbazole violet) – LOVE the facets on this – it’s bigger so you have a little more room to add triangles..! I added sparkle pen to the top, fussy cut it out and covered the whole gem with Glossy Accents. I think you would need a BIG dome of glossy accents to really make a difference on this big gem – the shine is nice, but I don’t think waiting for the lacquer to dry is worth the effect.

On an Ivory card base I glued down a 2.25″ strip of the marble pattern paper, to a 2.75″ mat of the foiled circles pattern paper and two 1/4″ strips of the grey specialty card stock to the sides of that. On a scrap of white card stock, I stamped the sentiment with Wilted Violet Distress Oxide ink and embossed the layering stamp with LFL Pastel Purple Party embossing powder.  Now I really LIKE this one! I think you have to carefully consider the color combinations you use with these layering stamps – they seem to work best with compatible colors yet strong contrast..! And of course it helps to get the layering matched up perfectly! I die-cut the sentiment with another LFSRD, and used foam squares to attach the sentiment and the gem to the card front. Another sprinkling of our Nuvo Drops on the card front, and for a final touch, I drew two lines down the sides of the card front using a ultra-fine-tip metallic copper/rose Sharpie – that matches the foiling on the pattern paper and adds a nice sparkle as well! I LOVE painting the gems like this!

My new DS BLOB card (thank you, Pat!!) has the color “Opera Pink” – who could resist??

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I think I got a little carried away with this “Pink Tourmaline” heart gem – after I had painted it, I realized that it didn’t really match ANY of the pink in this kit – OOPS! However, even I have some bright pink card stock in my stash! I added some of our patterned washi tape from the kit to the sides of one of our white tags, and matted that tag on some bright pink card stock. I also added a 1/2″ circle punched from the pink specialty card stock to the hole reinforcement at the top of the tag. I stamped and embossed the sentiment on some white card stock using the LFL Neon Grapefruit embossing powder, trimmed that out and added a matching pink mat. The gem and sentiment are attached to the tag with foam squares, and the tag is glued directly to a white card base. I considered using one of the pink glitter bows from the kit on the top of the tag but they didn’t seem to match very well, and I had some of this hot pink ribbon in my stash, so I tied a bow in the ribbon and added that to the top of the tag with some glue dots. Finally I die cut two hearts from my bright pink card stock, added a little sparkle pen to them and glued them to the corners for a final splash of pink! This card takes the pink theme of this kit and punches it up a few notches…! The pinkest I could imagine!

Okay, let’s turn the dial down a lot for this next card. I ran across this sentiment when I was doing research for the LFL June ’19 “Sending Love” Card Kit.

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Wow! I water colored this ‘aquamarine’ gem like all the rest – in cerulean blue. I got a really good match for this lovely sentiment with my printer and the Silhouette software (Stone Sans font) and used a full-card-sized LFSRD to die-cut the card front. I matted a white oval die cut on a Platinum Tiara embossed oval and glued the ovals to the card front before mounting the gem with foam squares. I don’t know whether it’s the welcome break from all the pink in this kit, or this truly lovely sentiment, or just all the white space, but I love this card! A unique sympathy card!

The moment I saw that rectangular die cut with the three hearts, I thought of this card.

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With the hearts stacked on top of each other in this rectangle, my mind immediately went to a traffic light! It’s been a little while since I did an interactive light-up card, and I thought this was the perfect opportunity. I die-cut the front panel from the vanilla card stock with a LFSRD and die-cut the heart rectangle from some Hero Hues Mustard card stock. There is a layer of white card behind the yellow (so the yellow and green glassine have white behind them) a mat of the grey specialty card and a mat of the bronze specialty card, then the vanilla card front and a thin grey specialty card mat. ALL of those layers have a cut opening behind the top heart, and the red chibitronics light is wired on top of the vanilla card base. I used glassine paper (kite paper) for the ‘lenses’ and actually  doubled up the yellow and red for a little more intense color.

I actually built this whole card with the sentiment “Stop in the name Love” – even taking pics and video of the card – before I realized I was missing “of”! AARRGGHH! LOL!! I corrected the sentiment, trimmed it out and mounted it with foam squares on top of my mistake – – no one will ever know!!  I stamped the “press” using the MFT Interactive Labels stamp set and Onyx black ink over the battery concealed at the bottom right. I then die-cut one more heart from the red kite paper, sent it through my Xyron sticker maker and glued it over the stamp. The whole card front is mounted to the electrified card base with 1/8″ thick foam squares. Voila! A fun interactive card without any pink!

 

 

That’s my ten cards inspired by the Love From Lizi August 2019 “Flawless” Card Kit.  Five stamped gems, four featuring the dies and one shaker card! I did manage to use all the sentiments from the stamp set though I didn’t use all the layering pieces, and I didn’t get to the small star jewel stamp. But I did manage to get in a couple of my own sentiments!

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I have lots of leftovers as usual, though I did use a lot more of the pattern papers than I thought I would. I only have one sheet of pattern paper that I didn’t use at all. I have a quarter-sheet of vanilla card stock left, and some decent pieces of our specialty card stock as well. I did use a little of most of the items in our embellishment bag, with the exception of the button and bows – all the extras and that great jewel stamp set will find loving homes in my stash! Actually, taken as a whole, these cards don’t read terribly pink! I was quite pleased to be able to bring some different colors to these cards and I REALLY got into water coloring those jewel stamps. Overall, a good time was had by ME!

Naturally, this kit sold out almost immediately, though there are still some add-on bits and new release products. If you’d like to subscribe to Love From Lizi so you don’t miss out on these hugely popular over-stuffed kits, or if you just go shopping at LFL, please use my link at: http://bit.ly/LFLlink  Please give me a “like” on my CardCutups page on Facebook, follow me at #cardcutups on your instagram account, and remember to pin this post freely and share generously. Your support and encouragement keeps me inspired! Let me know which cards are your favorite, and if you have any questions or comments don’t hesitate to let me know! Remember, only a diamond can cut a diamond, and, as always, Happy Crafting!!

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10 Cards 1 Kit | My Monthly Hero July 2019

Hello Folks! Scott here with my 10 cards from the My Monthly Hero July 2019 Kit. This kit is all about summertime fun at the lake and celebrating the great outdoors!

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The 6″ x 9″ clear stamp set includes three layering stamps – the dock, mountains and trees along with assorted ‘summertime on the lake’ silhouettes. We have 14 coordinating frame cuts and two fancy dies in our die package, and we are treated to FIVE ink cubes with this kit –  Lime Green, Forest, Sand Stone, Cocoa, and Dusty Blue. We get four 8.5″ x 5.5″ sheets of the Hero Hues card stock – two Meadow and two Lapis, and a half-ounce pot of Blue Pearl embossing powder. Grab your swimsuit and let’s head to the lake!

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For my first card, I ink blended a sunset (or sunrise! – aren’t those prime fishing hours?) on the top third of a card front using Simon Says Stamp Hybrid ink cubes in Watermelon, Orange Slush and Lemon Zest,  and the lake with a simple layer of the HA Dusty Blue ink. I embossed the large water ripple stamp on the lake twice using VersaMark ink and the included Pearl Blue embossing powder. I die cut both of our tree dies from some dark green card stock from my stash, and used the negative cut to ink their reflection in the water using the green inks from our kit. Easy reverse inking using the negative die-cuts!

I toned down the Dusty Blue lake with Salty Ocean Distress Oxide ink and added some sky reflections with the SSS Hybrid inks. I stamped the fisherman boat, the fish, birds and sentiment using VersaFine Onyx Black ink – I did mask off the bottom of the boat stamp to look like it was in the water. I glued the die-cut trees to the horizon, added some invisible thread between the fishing pole and the fish, and added more Blue Pearl embossed water ripples (and a splash for the fish) using a VersaMarker pen. I used the oval die from the MMH May ’18 kit to die-cut an oval frame from some dark grey card stock and glued that to the top of the card front.IMG_6382 A perfect birthday card for the fisherman in your life! I did add a pun on the inside of this card – I thought it went quite well with the Birthday sentiment and fishing theme! I printed that sentiment using my Silhouette software and the Arial and Black Jack fonts, and trimmed that to a banner shape with my Lawn Fawn Everyday Sentiment dies. I really love the colors on this card – the silhouette stamps in our kit seem to dictate back-lighting – and I think that fishing line is the perfect accent – you can almost feel the tension on that pole!

When Hero Arts released this kit, Josmary Gonzales posted a lovely picture on the Hero Arts Kit Fanatics FaceBook page of a canoe being paddled on a lake in Canada with the aurora borealis in the sky above. I decide to give that northern lights effect a try!

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On black card stock, I used Hero Arts Unicorn White ink, Cracked Pistachio and Abandoned Coral Distress Oxide inks and my small Cheap-o Blending Brushes to create the ‘northern lights’ effect in the sky and their reflections in the ‘water’. I die-cut the mountains from more black card stock, and highlighted the edge with Unicorn White ink before gluing it to the horizon line. I stamped the boat on white card stock with VersaFine Onyx Black ink and fussy cut it to avoid the border left by the die. I did add the stars in the sky and water using a water based, extra fine point white Sharpie.

I highlighted the top (white) edges of the boat with the Cracked Pistachio ink, and attached it to the card front with foam tape. I did cut away the fishing pole, and I think it looks like he’s holding an oar instead. I embossed the sentiment on black card stock with white embossing powder, trimmed it out and added it to the card front with more foam tape. I trimmed the panel down to 4″ x 5.25″ and glued it down to a dark blue card base.IMG_6384 I thought the extra “wish you were here” sentiment would be a perfect addition to this card, so I stamped that on the inside writing surface with Onyx Black ink. I think this is a pretty good representation of the Aurora Borealis, but I will definitely try some different techniques to try and get some true brightness emanating from these northern lights… isn’t there a “northern lights” stamp out there??

All of the scenic stamps and dies in this kit are sized to create portrait cards – I wanted to try a landscape card – after all, one would call these scenes “landscapes”!!

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I actually used the Hero Hues card stock from our Venice kit for this card – Mustard for the sky and Arctic for the lake. A little ink blending with the SSS Hybrid inks for the sky, and I stamped the sentiment with Onyx Black ink and embossed the entire lake piece with the Blue Pearl embossing powder. VERY water-like! I stamped the mountains, trees, and plants on white card stock using the inks from our kit, and stamped the float line (and the birds) with Spiced Marmalade Distress Oxide ink. I added white stripes to those buoys with a white gel pen and a touch of shading with an alcohol marker. I die cut everything with their coordinating dies and glued them all flat to the card front.

That Blue Pearl embossing powder is very interesting – very fluffy in the pot, yet very water-like once melted.  I didn’t add any figures to this card because the dock feels like an invitation to me – an “open door” so to say – coaxing you in and inviting you to the cool waters of the lake!

When we get one of these ‘create-a-scene’ kits from Hero Arts, I find myself thinking in terms of smaller vignettes that highlight a specific idea or stamp in the kit. Love this one!

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I used my homemade water ripple stencil and Cheap-o blender brushes to ink the ‘water’ in the center of a white card base. I did use the Dusty Blue ink from the kit and added a touch of Cracked Pistachio Distress Oxide ink for a little variety, as well as positioning the stencil in a couple of directions to add texture. The silhouette and the sentiment are then stamped with Onyx Black ink.IMG_6387 I had an interesting idea on how to complete this stamped sentiment, so before I did anything to the front of this card, I printed “you can’t make a splash without getting wet” on the inside of the card using the Arial and Brushgyo fonts. I thought this was the perfect compliment to the kit sentiment and certainly creates a real purpose for this card. I love the simplicity and all the white space on this card and how that pulls your focus right in to the vignette. All in all, a simple single-layer card that conveys a terrific sentiment of encouragement!

I’ve used five of the six sentiments include in the stamp set… how about a pun or two?

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I used the SSS Hybrid ink in Orange Slush and Lemon Zest to ink blend the sky, and the Dusty Blue for the ‘lake’ I did a second layer of the Dusty Blue with my water ripple stencil for some nice watery texture. I stamped and die-cut the mountains (on grey card stock) and the trees (on the Meadow card stock) using the included inks. Again, the negative die cut comes in handy for inking in the islands’ reflection in the lake. I stamped the dock and the grasses with the included inks directly on the card front, and stamped the silhouettes and the birds with Onyx Black ink.

I also stamped the inner tube using some SSS Barely Beige ink and colored that with my alcohol markers and fussy cut it out. I thought it wasn’t in quite the right perspective to be floating on the lake, so I simply leaned it against one of the piers on our dock. I also embossed a few water ripple stamps on the lake using the Blue Pearl embossing powder. IMG_6389Before I assembled everything together, I printed “avoid pier pressure” using the Arial and BlackJack font. Kind of a perfect pun for the theme and stamps this month! Finally, for a little extra “peer pressure”, I added the “wish you were here” sentiment on the inside, stamped again with Onyx Black ink.   I really enjoyed stamping these images directly on the card front which avoids the ‘border’ when you die-cut the images with the dies. And a really fun pun too!

I thought the little ‘Loch Ness Monster’ stamp added a cute whimsical touch to this stamp set, but it seemed a little smaller in reference to the other images. Vignette to the rescue!

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This is on a Lapis card base from the kit, and I die-cut the circle from the HA Arctic card stock, and ink blended the lake with the Dusty Blue ink from the kit. I die-cut the hills from the Meadow card stock and again used the negative die-cut to ink blend the reflection in the lake. I added a touch of Unicorn White to the base of the hills for a little bit of a ‘misty’ feel, and stamped ‘Nessie’ using the Forest ink and embossed her with some clear embossing powder.

I printed “i believe in you” on the card front using the same Arial and Brushgyo fonts, and punched a small sun with a simple hole punch. I did die-cut the circular frame using some real wood sheets in my stash, and then glued everything directly to the card front. I really like highlighting that ‘Nessie’ stamp all by itself, and it’s a perfect image for this fun and useful sentiment. Who doesn’t need to be reminded that you believe in them!!

I really like the “it’s your birthday” sentiment – I don’t have one of those in my stash. So I trimmed off the “…relax and enjoy” so I could stamp just the birthday sentiment alone.

 

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I rarely use pattern paper with the MMH kits but this seemed especially appropriate! This pattern paper is Doodlebug Designs Fairy Tales Collection (came with the Simon Says Stamp September ’17 Card Kit) matted on a thin black mat and mounted to a white card base. The sentiment is stamped on a scrap of white card using Onyx Black ink and die-cut with another LF Everyday Messages die. The silhouette is stamped on some heat resistant acetate with StazOn jet Black ink and partially die cut to leave an acetate tab underneath the stamp. This is a simple ‘double slider’ card mechanism with a slit hidden towards the bottom of the sentiment that allows the silhouette to magically appear from behind. Very simple yet I think it’s very effective! It’s your Birthday – – HOORAY! There is a little more of a how-two for this card on my 10C1K video for this kit:

 

This apparently simple birthday card is perfect for any whimsically inclined grownup!

I do have one more pun that I’m itching to use… pretty silly, but very funny! (I think!)

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Makes me laugh every time!! This is another completely flat, one layer card. Since I knew I would be printing this sentiment (Brushgyo and Arial fonts again), I used my Silhouette Software (remember the basic software is FREE!) to draw my pond ellipse with a faint blue line to guide my alcohol marker coloring of the pond. I stamped the cattails and grasses with the included inks and colored the cattails and added the grass details with a brown pigma micron pen. The ducks are stamped with Onyx Black ink, and I added a few highlights with a white gel pen. This could be another “wish you were here” card or a “happy place” card depending on the recipient… this pun makes me giggle!

While I was researching some lake images, I came upon a picture of a perfectly still lake reflecting every single star in the sky. I wanted to try and recreate that on a card.

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On a black card panel, I spattered the stars using my Permanent White Gouache watercolor paint and a thin brush. I die-cut the hills from some dark gray card stock and used Unicorn White ink and the die cut negative to blend a little reflection of the hills in the lake. I stamped the fishing boat on the same gray card stock with Onyx Black ink, die-cut it out with the coordinating die, trimmed the bottom of the boat flat and added highlights to the boat and occupants with a white gel pen.

Again, I used the negative of the die cut boat and Unicorn White ink, to add the reflection in the lake. I did use another piece of my invisible thread to create a swooping cast of line from the end of the fishing pole. If you look closely, you can see it. That seemed much more appropriate to go along with this sentiment than a line straight down into the water. I printed the “cast away your troubles” (same fonts again) in white on black and die cut that out with the LF Everyday Messages die. The images are glued directly to the card panel, the sentiment is mounted with foam tape, and the whole panel is glued to a white card base.

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Once again this begs for more on the inside, so I stamped the “life is better at the lake” to finish out this card. Talk about a seriously monochromatic card! The night sky certainly feels vast and infinite in this scene. This was really a pleasant surprise for me when this card came together. I think it’s kind of stunning!

I have one more sentiment from the stamp set waiting to be used, And 1 more good idea! Another interactive card to wrap up this kit! A “double slider” card with double actions!

 

This turned out to be simpler than I originally thought it would.

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I did make a mock-up to figure out this mechanism and then created these pieces for the actual card. The piece on the left is 4.25″ x 5.5″ with a 1/2″ square notch at the center of the bottom, and a 1/2″ slot right in the middle of the card. The girl jumper die-cut is just under 1″ wide so I added two long slots 1/2″ from the vertical center line and 1.75″ from the horizontal center line down. Those will be the ‘tracks’ that the long tab on the bottom of the splash piece will travel in.

I stamped our jumper with SSS Barely Beige ink and colored her with my Micron pens and alcohol markers – I wanted more color that the simple silhouette stamp would provide. I did a partial die-cut on her and extended the card stock underneath her to make a long tab.

The “splash” is freehanded and cut from HA Arctic card stock with a long 1/2″ tab along the bottom. I colored the splash with Pigma pens, alcohol markers and a tiny heart stamp. The front of the card piece is 4.25″ x 2.75″ (half the size of the card) I inked the top inch of that piece with HA Summer Sky ink, die-cut the water die (from the HA April 2019 Venice kit) from more of the Arctic card stock, glued that to the inked section and stamped the sentiment on the bottom with Onyx Black ink.

The assembly is the same as any other “double slider card” – wrap your 1/2″ wide plastic ‘conveyor belt’ around the bottom notch and through the center slot and glue the ends together with some very strong double-sided adhesive. Remember to keep it just loose enough to slide easily. The tab on the splash piece is folded (1/2″ either side of the center of the splash) to go through the side slots, wrapped around the back and glued to the back of the plastic ‘conveyor belt’.  The tab on the girl is glued on top of a 1/2″ pull-tab and both are attached to the front of the conveyor belt so she is above the center of the card when the wave is at the bottom, and she is below the center line when the wave is at the top.

Once the action is complete and working properly, you can add the top piece with foam tape and then add the whole panel to a card base with more foam tape. My 10C1K video has a little more detail on the assembly if you’d like to see more. I’m thrilled with this double-action card and I think it illustrates this sentiment perfectly!

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That’s my 10 cards from the My Monthly Hero July Kit. I’m sorry this took a little bit of time to get to you – I didn’t receive my kit until July 12th and we had relatives staying with us over the last weekend. The craft room becomes the guest room when we have visitors!  I am very pleased with all of these cards and I did manage to use every single stamp in this stamp set! WOO-HOO!! This is one of those MMH kits that sold out incredibly fast. I think everyone loves getting layering stamps in these kits – and I love the five ink cubes!  If you DO go shopping at Hero Arts, please use my link: http://bit.ly/2sBmuMCHeroArts   It helps support this website and my channel on YouTube, and is, of course, sincerely appreciated!

Unboxing! Love From Lizi August 2019 Card Kit

Hello Folks! Scott here un-boxing my Love From Lizi August 2019 Card Kit. Lizi is calling this the “Flawless” Card Kit and it features an assortment of gem images and icons and  some unique layered sentiment stamps. Oh, yes… and it’s VERY pink!

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As usual, we get bunches of card stock, pattern papers, dies and embellishments!

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Our five sheets of 8.5″ x 11″ card stocks come in Ivory, White (alcohol marker-friendly) Pink, Vanilla, and Dark Grey. We also get four half-sheets of specialty card stock in White, Dark Grey, Bronze and Pink pearlescent. That’s 14 card bases right there if you wish!

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We get 12 sheets of 6″ x 6″ pattern paper this month. The top two on the left have gold and rose-gold foil accents and the middle two in the top row feature glitter accents. A few pieces feature text in the patterns, and most (but not ALL!) have some pink in them!

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Our peel off stickers this month are white with gold lining. I love these dual-colored peel offs – it’a almost like every peel off is three peel offs in one! Big bang for your buck there! We are also treated to an over-sized stamp set this month with six gem images (those should be fun to color!) and five two-layer sentiments: PERFECT, A GEM, YOU”RE PRICELESS, ONE IN A MILLION, and SHINE BRIGHT. It will be interesting to see what effect the layering stamps add to these sentiments…!

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And that brings us to our embellishment bag! WHEEEEEEEE!! We get two white tags with twine ties, and a “polaroid” picture frame featuring rose-gold foiling on pink – a very thick chip board frame! We do get a new bottle of Nuvo Crystal Drops this month in a “Silver Lining” metallic finish. We also get four dies this month with a “Smile” sentiment, a faceted heart gem, three hearts in a rectangle, and a large hexagon die with the words “be happy be bright be you”. That ‘sentiment’ is actually repeated on one of our pattern papers! Back to sequins this month – we get our sample pack of the Flawless sequin mix featuring rose-gold, brushed gold, white and brushed silver sequins in a variety of sizes.

We are treated to a new LFL embossing powder this month – Platinum Tiara – platinum is the perfect name for this unique, shiny silver embossing powder. We also get six rose-gold metallic buttons and four pink glitter pre-tied bows, as well as two rolls of washi tape featuring a rose-gold foil on one and a geometric pattern on the other. There’s also a sample of the Tonic Copper gilding flakes (always fun!) and a Nuvo Smooth Precision glue pen (should work well with the gilding flakes). I’ve never used any of the Nuvo glues so I’m looking forward to giving this one a try! To go along with the embossing powder, Lizi has also included a Nuvo Clear Mark pen – similar to a VersaMark pen and perfect for embossing! Finally we get three die cut hearts with gold foil accents and a faceted heart paper clip – gold foil faceting on the heart and a copper colored clip! That an item-by-item run down of all the supplies included in the Love From Lizi August ’19 card kit.

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I did get a couple of the add on items for this kit including the August peel off bundle with Apricot Pin Stripes (new color), Gold Glitter Sway, Apple Green Bubble, and Brown Mirror Pin Stripes. I also got the Flawless Sentiments stamp set that features more of those layered sentiments with a BIRTHDAY, HAPPY, WITH, LOVE, ANNIVERSARY, and CONGRATULATIONS. Good, everyday sentiments in that interesting double-layer design.

This kit has already sold out, along with many of the add-on items and special August releases as well. If you’d like to become a subscriber (so you never miss a kit!), or want to see if any new items are still available, Please use my link when you go shopping at Love From Lizi: http://bit.ly/LFLlink.

I think  this kit offers me a lot of challenges this month… Please send me any extra card-making mojo you may have to help me come up with 10 different cards! Stay Tuned!

Thank you so much for sharing your time with me. I’m so sorry this kit sold out so quickly… I guess Lizi is just going to have to start increasing the number of kits she puts together! Happy Crafting!!

10 Cards 1 Kit | Love From Lizi July 2019 “Summer Fruits” Card Kit

Hello Folks! Scott here with my 10 cards from the Love From Lizi July 2019 Card Kit. Lizi is calling this the Summer Fruits kit and it features the ‘eyelash girls’ introduced in the LFL September ’18 “Happy Haunting” kit – this month the costumes are minimal!

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This is our second Love From Lizi manufactured kit in the last year – everything is designed, created and manufactured specifically for Love From Lizi. As usual, we get tons of supplies in this kit and a few surprises! I did get some of the add on products this month including IMG_6301the two add on stamp sets – “Summer Loving” (on the left) and “Summer Girl” (on the right) which gives me another two of the ‘eyelash girls’ and that terrific camper stamp! Since Lizi provided us with some extra copic-friendly card stock this month, I decided to go ahead and stamp all of the image stamps on a half-sheet of that card stock using VersaFine Onyx Black ink. I grabbed my Spectrum Noir alcohol markers to color everything. I also did a little paper piecing here and there on the girls – can you tell? – the bows, some clothes, and the surfboard!

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We did get matching dies for the stamps in this kit, so I did another, “color, cut, and display on the stamp set” picture. IMG_6307

I did try to match my coloring with the palette of this kit – paper piecing helps – but other than hair, there’s really not a lot to color on these girls – Just lots of skin and lots of hair!

I did cut the 5 colored card stock sheets in half, and used some for card bases and some for card panels… wherever inspiration took me.

Now, I have probably never sent a ‘Summer’ themed card to anyone ever, but you know I like to try to use all the images and sentiments in our stamp sets on my ten cards. I should at least be able to use these four sentiments! We’ll see how successful I am with this kit – some of the props in these stamp sets are pretty tiny – not to mention the extremities on the girls themselves!

There is that “watermelon in hand” sentiment that obviously goes with the watermelon girl, so lets start there! I think we can combine a sentiment or two with her as well!

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I die-cut a piece of white card stock with a Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangle die and ink blended some Lucky Clover Distress Oxide ink around the edges. I thought it would be fun to highlight the five new colors of embossing powders Lizi introduced in the July release – Neon Grapefruit, Neon Lemon, Cherry Red, Neon Lime, and Peony Purple – so I die cut five chevron borders using a Darice Borders die and embossed each with a different color powder. All of those are terrifically bright and fairly fine embossing powders, so I thought I would try them on the sentiments as well, The Neon Lime matches the Lucky Clover ink nicely, and I LOVE that Cherry Red!

I glued the embossed chevron stripes right next to each other along the bottom of the card panel, and matted that to a thin mat of the Raspberry Pink card stock, and glued those to a Pink card base. I attached the girl and the leaf to the card front using the foamimg_6313-e1562034115765.jpg squares included in the kit, and embellished with three blue enamel dots. They match the bow and skirt on the girl perfectly! (both paper pieced) I did continue the sentiments on the inside of the card stamping the “Have a wonderful Summer” on the inside writing surface. I think all three of these sentiments work very nicely together! I like how the Pink and Raspberry Pink card stocks and the green ink blending on the white card panel echo a watermelon! And if that slice of watermelon is any indicator, then that watermelon must be bigger than her head! LOL!

That knocked out three sentiments from our stamp set right there! All that’s left on this stamp set is the “Sweet thanks” sentiment. Since all of our ‘sweet’ images in the stamp sets were very small I decided to turn to some of the images in our pattern papers.

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I don’t think we can get any more pink than this card!! The pink grapefruit and lime image, along with the pineapple and the watermelon slices are fussy cut from the pattern papers and arranged together for the focal image on this card. I glued all three cut-outs together and traced their outline on the pink pineapple and lime pattern paper and fussy cut a reverse mat about a quarter of an inch wider. I glued the cut pattern paper to a Raspberry Pink mat and then down to another pink card base.

I stamped the “Sweet thanks” with Onyx Black ink and mounted the fruit arrangement with some foam squares. I did add a couple of fussy-cut pattern paper flowers for a little extra interest and embellished the card with a row of the miniature fruit pieces from the sequin mix along with a few clear sequins. I’m pleased that the pattern papers provide us with some fruit images that are large enough to hold their own on a card front! A very sweet, very PINK thank you card!

My attention was drawn to the ephemera girl holding an ice cream cone that is almost as tall as herself! Seems like the perfect image for this oft repeated sentiment!

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I printed this sentiment on a white card base using the Brady Bunch Remastered font and my Silhouette software. I used a stitched hillside die to cut the edge of the ice pops pattern paper and glued that to the left side of my card front. I attached our ephemera girl with some foam squares, added three purple enamel dots below the sentiment and a thin Mauve Moonstone peel off along the edge of the pattern paper. The thinnest pin stripe peel offs will actually follow a curve fairly easily. I like using these ephemera pieces and die-cut images on a white background because it camouflages the white borders. IMG_6316Did you notice the asterisk at the end of the sentiment? Oh yes… there is more to come! Seems like there’s always a condition when someone says they love you more than something (or someone) else! “Unless it’s mint chocolate chip” is printed on the inside of this card just the same as the sentiment on the front. Now THAT makes me laugh! A nice valentine or ‘love you’ card that doesn’t necessarily have anything to do with summer!

The ‘Summer Loving’ add on stamp set has that “life is better in a bikini” sentiment and one of the girl images that’s actually wearing a bikini is the one with her back to us. That pretty much pulls your focus right to her bikini!! I swear that has got to be one of the tiniest little bikinis EVER!!

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I cut a 2″ strip of that lovely blue-green shimmer pattern paper and glued that to the middle of a Mint card base. I stamped and clear embossed the sentiment towards the bottom of that strip. The “is” in that sentiment is so tiny I had to reinforce it with a white gel pen. It would probably read okay stamped on white but it was very hard to read when it was stamped on this pattern paper.

I reached for the new LFL Bubble peel offs in Green Mirror and edged the pattern paper with the medium bubble strips. I like those new Bubble peel offs!! I added a strip of our mauveIMG_6319 mirror washi tape on either side and then thin strips of the Raspberry Pink card stock to the outside of the washi tape. The smallest Bubble peel offs fit on those strips perfectly, and I added a super thin strip of both to anchor my girl mounted with foam squares. A few sequins for more sparkle on this shimmer pattern paper and I also stamped the “sea you soon” sentiment on the inside – gives us a little purpose for this card! And it’s a nice pun!

I was eager to use the bonus “aloha!” die included in our kit this month, so I took a scrap of white card stock and did some quick ink blending with Simon Says Stamp Watermelon and Lemon Zest hybrid inks and die-cut the “aloha!” from that.

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I also die-cut two more layers from some plain white card stock and glued all three layers together for a nice chunky  sentiment. Keeping track of that tiny little dot for the exclamation point was a little tedious, but I like the end result!. I cut more of that shimmer pattern paper with a LFSRD and matted that on a black mat before die-cutting the “aloha!” shadow die from the center. The pattern paper and mat are glued down to a Sunshine Yellow card base, and the die cut “aloha!” glued into that opening. I like doing those reverse mats – it’s a nice way to stretch your card stock! I added the ephemera pieces to the two corners with some glue and foam squares and finished this card with some enamel dots, a little Glossy Accents on the sunglasses, and the “Have a good summer” epoxy sticker in the lower right corner. I like that fact that Aloha means both Hello AND Goodbye! If I only knew someone living in or headed to Hawaii!

I like the “Eat beach sleep repeat” sentiment on the “Summer Loving” stamp set. Particularly appropriate because we have that great camper/caravan stamp as well!

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On a Cream card base, I masked off the top third with some post-it notes and ink blended some Spiced Marmalade Distress oxide ink above the line, and some Frayed Burlap Distress Oxide ink below the line. I added some texture to the ‘sand’ with a disposable micro applicator brush and some Walnut Stain Distress Oxide ink. I like the variation that these applicator brushes provide. I added some white dots to the ‘sand’ using a white gel pen and added a thin strip of the leftover blue-green pattern paper for a thin horizon of ocean in the distance.

I stamped the sentiment using Stampin’ Up Early Espresso ink and the birds IMG_6322(from the SSS “Sea you soon” stamp set) in Walnut Stain Distress oxide ink. I fussy-cut the camper and the surf board girl and added them to the card front with foam squares. It seemed only appropriate to add the “Have a wonderful summer” sentiment on the inside of this card. A relatively simple but very nice beach scene – I really like that camper stamp!

Watermelon seemed particularly prevalent in this kit – let’s play with some puns!

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I die-cut the striped pattern paper on an angle with a LFSRD and printed the “You’re one in a MELON” sentiment using my Silhouette software and the BlackJack and Brady Bunch fonts. I cut a mat to size from a scrap of white card stock and covered the edges with our gold glitter washi tape before gluing it behind the pattern paper. Both of those are glued to a Raspberry Pink card base. This is our third girl from the stamp set included with our kit – I fussy cut a slice of watermelon from the pattern papers and placed that in her hands and attached both to the card front with foam squares. Again, we have another watermelon that’s got to be bigger than this girl’s head! Fun pun!!

I couldn’t resist this pun – maybe considered a simple joke – but this cracks me up!

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I cut a 3.75″ panel of that terrific watermelon shimmer pattern paper and glued that to a Sunshine Yellow card base. I ran a couple strips of the Green Mirror Sway peel offs down either side and turned to my Silhouette software for this sentiment. I stuck two pieces of vellum together using my Xyron sticker maker and printed “when life gives you MELONS…” using the Brady Bunch font on the doubled-up vellum. I let that dry for a while and die-cut it with a Spellbinders Deckled rectangle die, ran it through the sticker maker again and glued it to the card front. IMG_6325The big kick comes on the inside with the completion of this sentiment – “you just might be dyslexic!” That makes me giggle every time I say it! I added the small watermelon wedge and the lemon from the stamp set(s) around the inside sentiment to kind of drive home the whole melon = lemon gag. A simple card with a terrifically funny sentiment. Sometimes I just can’t help myself!

The “Summer Girl” add on stamp set had a “Girls just want to have fun” sentiment, and I was a little surprised that Lizi didn’t go for the obvious pun here… it is Summer!!

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On the Cream card base, I took my homemade sunburst stencil, and using the SSS hybrid IMG_5933inks and my Cheap-o blender brushes, ink blended this sunburst on the top half of the card front. I did the same technique for the sand as the camper card using Antique Linen Distress Oxide ink (a little lighter). I printed the “Girls just wanna have SUN” sentiment on the bottom of the card front using the Brady Bunch font again, and added my blue ocean horizon line using the new Denim Blue Mirror peel off from the Summer Fruits peel off bundle. I chose three of the girls from the ephemera pack and mounted them to the front with foam squares. I like our center girl facing the sun! Then I cut apart the yellow tassel from our embellishment bag and added the strips to the sunburst on the outside of the girls. That adds a LOT of dimension to the sunburst almost making it pop off the page.  Who can resist this practically perfect sentiment? My apologies to Cyndi Lauper!

One more card to go, and I still haven’t used the ephemera camper/caravan or the tiny eyelash girl from the Summer Girl add on stamp set – she seemed a little bit smaller compared to the other girls so I thought maybe…!

I reverse stamped the girl from the “Summer Girl” stamp set and colored her before fussy cutting both girls. I trimmed the white border around the camper and figured out it’s placement on a Mint card panel. I traced around the camper and colored the card panel to look like the inside of the camper, as well as the outside landscape. IMG_6330I cut a slot for the hinge in the card panel above the camper roof and added a pull tab so it would flip the front of the camper open. I also cut out the window on the front of the camper to give a hint of what’s inside. I printed the sentiment on my last Mint card panel using the Noteworthy and BlackJack fonts, and cut that to match the camper and glued it on the back of the ephemera camper. Everything is mounted to a sturdy black card base with some foam tape and double-sided adhesive, and I finished off the night sky with the smallest sequins and stars from our sequin mix.

This is the first ‘pull-tab flip-up reveal card’  I’ve done and I think I need to finesse the mechanics a bit… but it’s basically just a folded hinge that is a touch ABOVE the slit on the card front so when you pull the tab it flips the image over. If I find a reason to do another one of these type of cards, I promise I’ll do a detailed how-to! I think I was much more interested in creating a plausible scene inside this camper than I was in perfecting this mechanism!  I do think this is completely adorable and a pretty cool surprise!

That’s my 10 cards featuring the Love From Lizi July 2019 Card Kit. I think we have a pretty good assortment of cards from this kit – some good puns and jokes and only five cards are specifically summer-themed! And not too heavy on the pink!

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I did manage to use all 5 of the girls (6 if you count the reverse stamped girl!) and 7 of the sentiments from the stamp set(s). I didn’t use every single prop in our stamp sets, but I used all of the card stock except one piece of white. I used bits and pieces from 10 sheets of our pattern paper pack (10 more untouched!) and quite a few ephemera pieces. I didn’t get to use the vellum or the acetate specialty papers in our kit – I just didn’t find a need for them, but I did use a little bit of most everything else in our kit! Lizi packs her kits with so many supplies you can make so many more cards from this kit – as is the same with ALL of the Love From Lizi Card Kits!

At posting, this kit and many of the add-on and July release products are still available at lovefromlizi.com. If you go shopping with Lizi, please use my link: http://bit.ly/LFLlink. Thank You!! Even though this is rather a feminine kit, I did enjoy creating these cards – and I know any member of the fairer sex in my orbit would be thrilled to receive one! Thank you so much for sharing your time with me here! Your support and encouragement means so very much to me! If you have any questions or comments please let me know! (you can always click on the CONTACT page at the top of this post to email me directly) Please follow me on Instagram at #cardcutups, and please give my FaceBook page a thumbs up: https://www.facebook.com/cardcutups/ Remember to Pin me, Post me, Like me, List me, share me with all your friends, don’t run with pineapples, and as always… HAPPY CRAFTING!!

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Unboxing! Love From Lizi | July 2019 Card Kit

Hello Folks! Scott here with the un-boxing of the Love From Lizi July 2019 Card Kit. Sorry this is a bit late, but for some reason, DHL had a hard time finding me this month!

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This July we are treated to another LFL manufactured card kit featuring the eyelash girls introduced to us in the ‘Happy Haunting’ kit last September! All the stamps, dies, papers, and embellishments are exclusive and have been created and manufactured by Love From Lizi just for this card kit! Again… a veritable cornucopia of quality products!

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We even get a little extra card stock this month! We get seven sheets of 8.5″ x 11″ card stock in Pink, Raspberry Pink, Mint, Cream, Sunshine Yellow, and two copic-friendly white cards. Our Specialty card stock consists of an 8.5″ x 11″ sheet of striped acetate that actually sports thin silver stripes on one side and thin gold stripes on the other. Very unusual! And we get an 8.5″ x 11″ sheet of vellum printed with some bright green lime slices. Our Love From Lizi “Summer Fruits” Pattern Paper pack has 20 sheets of 6″ x 6″ pattern papers in a wild riot of fruity patterns and colors. Lots of pineapples, citrus, watermelon, tropical flowers, frozen treats, polka-dots, chevrons and stripes. Five of these pages are embellished with a shimmer as well! Fun pattern papers!

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And here’s our stamp set with three of those eyelash girls in various poses with four summery sentiments and a few props to play with as well. The girl with her back to us is wearing what must be the world’s smallest bikini!! And I love that cocktail!

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We do get matching dies to go along with our stamp set and a bonus word die “aloha!” that also has a shadow die in addition to the word die! Lizi is introducing a new color to her peel off sticker line this month – we get a sheet of Mauve Moondust pin stripe peel-offs. That’s a pink that I can almost love!! We also get a sheet of clear epoxy stickers that feature more summer sentiments and come in an assortment of different sizes! They have a nice rounded dimension to them and are perfectly clear! Very cool!

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The dies and epoxy stickers are actually in the embellishment bag which also includes a sheet of foam squares (generally means there are ephemera pieces to come!), and a collection of coordinating enamel dots. Lizi mentioned that she’s running out of new Nuvo Drops colors so she created these colorful dots for this kit! And here’s the “I’ve never seen that in a card kit before” embellishment – faux leather tassels! Two shades of green, yellow and red. Lizi thought they might make good hula skirts for the girls…! Another treat this month is a bundle of three washi tapes! A gold glitter, pink (mauve?) mirror, and a patterned washi tape that matches everything in the kit perfectly! Of course we get a sample of the Summer Fruit Sequin Mix – this is actually the Rainbow Wishes Sequin Mix with a sprinkling of mini fruit pieces throughout. Very tiny!

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Did someone say Ephemera!?? 60 pieces on our Summer Fruits ephemera pack with that large camper and 9 different girls! Lots of fruit, flowers, bows and baubles round out this ephemera pack – so much goodness here… maybe I’ll make all my cards from these!

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I did get the two add on stamp sets this month. “Summer Loving” on the left with that great camper and a surfboard girl, and “Summer Girl” on the right with the curly hair girl and bunches of props for her to hold. Seven more sentiments between these two sets provide almost unlimited option for summer cards! As part of the July Release, Lizi has come out with new embossing powders in Peony Purple, Cherry Red, Neon Lime, Neon Lemon and Neon Grapefruit (PINK grapefruit!). Really bright colors! Looks like they might even glow under black-light!

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I also got the Summer Fruits peel off selection pack (already sold out!) with Denim Blue pin stripes, Pink bubble, Holographic Silver pin stripes, and Mint sway peel offs. Bubble peel offs? YES! As part of the July Release Lizi has come out with another peel off shape for us – Bubbles! Chains of outlined circles all connected together. We have Black, Sky Blue, Pink, White, Gold, Silver, Gold Mirror, Mint, Silver Mirror, Green Mirror, Red Mirror, Lilac Mirror and Teal Mirror!  WOW!  You can bet I’ll be using some of these with my cards this month! Very groovy!

This kit (and some of the add on products) is still available at lovefromlizi.com. If you go shopping with Lizi, please use my link: http://bit.ly/LFLlink  Thank You! I will start working on this kit as soon as possible… Should prove to be fun! Please share this post with anyone who might be interested, and stay tuned for my 10C1K video! Thanks for sharing your time with me, don’t run with scissors, and HAPPY CRAFTING!

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