Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Masked Embossed Watercolor Card

I am attracted to gold and pink these days especially after My Mind's Eye's new collection, Fancy That. When I saw Altenew's February challenge, I can't help but think of MME's collection, and how much I will enjoy participating in this challenge. 

I embossed the flowers with gold powder. After stamping and embossing the large flower, I created a mask using Post-It so I could stamp the smaller flowers beside it and make the big flower in front of these small flowers. I colored these flowers using Tim Holtz Distress Inks. I enjoyed coloring it. I don't have a cream colored Tim Holtz Distress Ink so I switch to using the Kuretake Gansai Tambi Watercolor. It didn't come with a cream color as well, so I just mixed up some yellow and white. I painted this on the background. I tried to create an ombre effect making the bottom more vibrant than the top. 

The sentiment was stamped several times using Versafine Onyx Black ink. After stamping the dots in between the repeated sentiment, I heat embossed this using clear powder. I used the three dots stamp to embellish the top portion of the card.  I stamped this using Versamark. I applied Perfect Pearl to these dots for a glimmer effect. 

My light pink cardstock is light weight so I created my own pink border strip by rubbing the Tim Holtz Distress Ink Spun Sugar onto a strip of white cardstock. I allowed this to dry before I adhered it to the card base. The watercolor paper was attached to the card base using dimensional tape.

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Maria Giselle B.

Inks used: Tim Holtz Distress (Spun Sugar, Victorian Velvet, Worn Lipstick, Pickled Raspberry)

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Shaker Valentine's Treat

This is my last shaker Valentine's treat made for my eldest son who is in 8th Grade. He chose KitKat for his treat and he chose to give it to five of his friends only. I tried cutting a design using the Cricut for the Kitkat but I decided to just manually trim the paper. The die heart that I used for my Lollipop Shaker Valentine's Treat is too big for the design so I used a Martha Stewart Punch All Over The Page Studded Heart.

My son wrote on the treats before I can take photos of it so I have to white out the names on the treats.

To hold the KitKats in place, since I place two in each treat, I punched a strip of card stock using a Martha Stewart Scalloped Heart Trim Double Edge Punch and stapled this, sort of like a band to hold the KitKats. I also used the We R Memory Keepers Envelope Notcher to close the treat. 

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Maria Giselle B.

Monday, February 16, 2015

More Shaker Valentine's Treat Holder

For my second son, who is in 4th Grade, he chose Pop Rocks for Valentine's treat. I used my Cricut Imagine and Cricut Fabulous Finds Cartridge to create the holder. As with my lollipop shaker treat holder, I created the shaker card in reverse. The window is a part of the image cut. I adhered the acetate, then dimensional tape around the window on the reverse side of the holder. It is a easier to adhere the dimensional tape on this design since it is a square. I poured confetti to the area. Since this is a large window, I can be generous with the confetti. I embellished the backer of the shaker with the cut out heart from the lollipop shaker treat which I also stamped with a forever friends sentiment.

My initial plan is to close the treat with a washi tape. But it won't stay shut so I used a We R Memory Keepers Envelope Notcher Punch. I don't know if it was the paper but I had a hard time punching the hole. I almost gave up in using this since I already wasted a treat holder in trying to punch a notch on the patterned paper. I practiced before I actually used the puncher on the treat holderss and I didn't have any trouble. But I like how it kept the treat holder shut without using additional adhesive to the design.

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Maria Giselle B.

Friday, February 13, 2015

Lollipop Valentine's Shaker Treat

I've been slow in creating projects since the turn of the year. One of the reasons, I think, is because my toddler is so active that each time I go to my craft room, he likes to play, too.

This is my most recent project and I am glad I finished it on time for my son's Valentine's party. My third son, who is in 3rd Grade, chose lollipop for treats. Unfortunately, they don't want to give the same thing this year. The first choice was Dumdums but my toddler was with me during grocery time, so he chose Jolly Ranchers (over Ring Pops) for his older brother.

Since shaker cards are very popular these days, I decided to add it to the design of the lollipop treats. I created these shakers in a reverse way. After adhering the acetate, I surrounded the heart with foam adhesive on the back side, poured in the confetti, and lightly adhered the stamped sentiment background to close the shaker card. I lifted the piece to take a peek if the sentiment is peeking right where I want it before applying more pressure to the backside. Sometimes, I have a confetti stuck to the dimensional foam that I have to carefully undo it.

The shakers are die cuts from scrap patterned papers. Another way of using scraps! I just needed a single layer of dimensional adhesive to shake it. Sometimes, the shaker gets caught somewhere, but I think it adds interest to the design.

Thanks for viewing my blog. Happy Valentine's!

Maria Giselle B.

Dies: American Crafts Daydreamer, Mama Elephant Confetti

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Water Colored, Paper Pierced Greeting Card

I only have one Avery Elle stamp set and it is not the most ideal to fuzzy cut. But it is this month's challenge, so I challenged myself to use what I have. I am inspired by the colors of the patterned paper in the new collection of My Mind's Eye Fancy That, which is gold and pink. With that in mind, I tried to create a card using these colors.

I really wanted to come up with a watercolored card. I used the brush strokes to mimic candles and the splats as the light of the candle. Without the detailing, my son said the candles looked like a letter i. To me, this wasn't too encouraging since I am almost done with the card. I had the urge to pitch the design but after looking through other cards with candles, I figured out what was missing to make it look like a candle and not waste the whole design. I added stripes to the already clear embossed candles using a Copic marker. I also drew a gold line between the candle and the light using a gold gel pen. I colored the light with a very light yellow Copic marker. Now, my son is convinced that these are candles.

I fuzzy cut the sentiment after heat embossing it in gold. I wanted to create a single lined sentiment for this card. Fuzzy cutting reminds me of my school days where I enjoyed fuzzy cutting pictures for school projects.

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Maria Giselle B.

Stamp used: Avery Elle Brushed 

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Friday, January 16, 2015

Metallic Happy Birthday Card

I have not created anything for my blog for almost two weeks now. I don't know if I am just having an artist's block and/or because it is too cold in my craft room which is located in our basement. Despite the portable heater, my hands just get too cold right away. Hopefully, with this creation, I am finally able to break my artist's block and continue to create on despite the cold temperatures.

My sister's birthday is in ten days. With that in mind, I decided to create a card for her. It wasn't easy to break my artist's block. I am unhappy with how things look so I kept changing things around.

My current curiosity right now when it comes to crafting embellishments is the Perfect Pearl powder. It is a part of the Simon Says Stamp January card kit. I watched several video demos using this product which made me curious with it. I don't have the kit. It is sold out the last time I checked the webside. Lucky me, this set is on clearance at Michael's making me feel that it was meant for me to explore.

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Maria Giselle B.

Die: Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles, Lawn Fawn Cole's ABC, Mama Elephant Confetti

I am submitting this to the following blog challenge:

ric#75 - Ralph Lauren

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Christmas 2014 Layout

I like joining My Mind's Eye Challenges because I get to scrap photos vs. card making. I love to create cards, too. Between the two, I feel scrapbooking is more of a challenge to me because I have to move around the elements of the layout before I adhere it. I also have to consider the photo that I want to put in the layout. Over the years, I've learned that not all photos can be in the layout so I have to select the photo that inspires me the most.

It has been a tradition to have a Christmas photo either of our family or the boys. So for the challenge, I would like to create a layout on this.

I use an old Christmas collection of MME which is the Mistletoe Magic. This is a collection I won from an online scrapbooking store, Two Peas In A Bucket. Sad to say, Two Peas is now out of business. I also used the MME Collectable Unforgettable Today stamp set. After choosing the background paper, I started building my layout elements. I stamped the flowers with Versamark and selectively poured embossing powders to the area I want to be gold and red. MME washi tape was also helpful in recreating the strips at the bottom of the layout. I used MME All Is Bright washi tapes. My last project had tissue paper pleating. For this project, I pleated washi tape. This is not the first time I made this. My very first entry to this blog has washi tape pleating on the layout (http://ienjoywhatido.blogspot.com/2012/11/is-2-page-lay-out-on-my-journey-to.html). I sprayed the photo with gold spritz, controlling the spray to create bigger drops towards the photo. The subtitle is a chipboard sticker from  the MME Mistletoe Magic collection. I applied Wink of Stella then Glossy Accents. After it has dried, I applied Stickles to the holes. I also applied Stickles to the tag for accent.

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Maria Giselle B.
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