Monday, May 21, 2018

Altered Newton Stamp Image


This card was created with boatload of inspiration...One, my husband and second son's celebrated their birthdays this May. Their birthdays are five days apart. Two, I am trying out Jennifer McGuire's Tulle Window Card technique. I used two of the products she used in her card. Three, have you seen Newton's Nook new release? I haven't gotten over the last release, and here are more products to wish for. I am on a budget crunch. I try to work for the products I would like to add to my collection by joining in blog challenges. Four, Newton's Nook Challenge is on buttons. This is a way of reviving an old product back to the craft scene. I had fun creating this card!

I am giving center stage to the raccoon. The stamp is from Newton's Nook Campfire Tails. I colored the image with Copic markers. I fussy cut the image and lined around the cut image with a black marker. I cut around the raccoon's hands with a craft knife to cover the chips the raccoon is holding on the actual stamp image. I had to cut a part of this, too. I die cut a felt heart using Paper Smooches Hearts Dies. I sewed an American Crafts heart button with gold DMC to the heart. I tucked this in on the arms of the raccoon.

For the front panel, I die cut a window on a wood embossed cardstock. The die is from My Favorite Things Rectangle Peek-a-Boo die. I adhered a tulle on the back of this window panel then adhered it to a cream note card.

For the sentiment, I die cut a banner using Lawn Fawn Fancy Folded Banners die. The sentiment is from NN Camfire Tails. I masked a part of the sentiment and stamped it using Versafine Onyx black ink. I heat embossed it with clear embossing powder. I adhered the raccoon and banner on the tulle. I used foam adhesive on the banner to add dimension to it.

I threaded a red DMC to some Pebbles buttons. I adhered this to the corners of the window. I applied clear Spectrum Noir to the banner for some sparkle which unfortunately was not captured in the photo.

Thank you for visiting my blog. Have a blessed, brilliant and creative day!

Maria Giselle 

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Birthday Tag with Chalk Blended Background


We have a new challenge at Incy Wincy Designs Challenge Blog. Our challenge theme for the next two weeks is on creating an ATC, Tag or Bookmark. One of our sponsors for this challenge is Limited Runs.   I am using an image called Mini Birds-BD Cake.

I printed the image on Neenah Solar white cardstock. I re-sized the image so it will fit a 3"x4" panel once I die cut the cardstock. I am breaking in on my newly purchased Faber-Castell Polychromos color pencil. It was a steal purchase from Michaels since it was on clearance at a very low price. The sad part of it is that this is only the 12 pencil set but I think it is okay since I am just trying this out for the first time. I've seen numerous colorists online who uses this color pencil. I am very curious on how it will match up with the Prismacolor color pencils.

I did not go for any shading on my coloring since I have limited polychromos pencils. I could not challenge myself to just using this brand of color pencils so I did use several Prismacolor color pencils. Looking at the final result, you cannot really differentiate the two brands of color pencils. I think it is how heavy-hand you are in coloring that makes a difference.

I die cut this colored panel using Mama Elephant Peek-a-Frame Creative Cuts die. I did not want to leave the background plain white. I want a touch of color that is light enough not to take the eyes away from the colored images. This is when I used the Inkadinkado Blending Chalks. I have not used this since I got it as a freebie when I bought some re-sale items from my neighbor. So, I am breaking in on this as well. The thing I liked about the chalk is that I had some control on coloring the background especially while coloring around the image. I did not have to put a mask over the colored image. And, the effect is very subtle. It is just the right amount of color.

The sentiment is from My Favorite Things. I stamped this using Versafine Onyx black ink. I did not made a good impression on stamping this sentiment. I hate myself for not using the Misti. I don't want to re-stamp it. I've invested so much time on this that I am afraid to make the impression worse if I re-stamp it. To save it, I used black embossing powder and was thankful of the result. No one will ever know that it was not a perfect stamped impression at the start.

I could have stopped here with an ATC but I wanted to make a tag using this colored panel. I die cut a Martha Stewart yellow cardstock using Avery Elle A Tag for All Elle-ments die. I used a Memory Box stencil to add spots to the tag. At this point, I wasn't sure where I was heading with this so I treated the area with an anti-static pouch before applying Tim Holtz Squeezed Lemonade Distress ink on the stenciled tag. I was going for a tone-on-tone effect which I did not achieve. The good thing about the TH Distress inks is it takes a while before it dries so I was able to pour Wow! Pearl White embossing powder, then heat set it. Now, this is the look I was going for. I adhered the colored panel to this with a fun foam in between for added dimension.

I threaded a ribbon through the tag hole. After I secured it with glue and a twine wrapped once around the ribbon and knotted twice, I created a triple bow and adhered this to the ribbon.

I hope you join us in today's challenge. We cannot wait to see what you create.

Have a blessed, brilliant and creative day!

Maria Giselle 

Friday, May 18, 2018

Create Your Own Rip Strip with Border Die

I created this for a co-worker who is leaving our work because she is moving back to her hometown. She will be driving home. I did not want to give her anything bulky to take with her. I thought about a gift card, either a gas card or a Target card, so she can buy something she needs for her new home. I think the gas card will be more useful but choosing the right gas card is another challenge. I did not want to purchase a gas card that she won't be able to use on her travel. So, with the help of my two other co-workers, we pitched in some money for her.

I created this cash envelope to hold the money to give her. The paper is from October Afternoon Travel Girl. I scored and folded it to create a tall, top-folding envelope. I die cut a grey cardstock panel using Mama Elephant Peek A Frame Creative Cuts. I stamped the sentiment using Lawn Fawn Milo's ABC stamp set. I die cut a gas pump using Cricut Explore and the Cricut Design Space. I cut all the layers initially at 1" but I found it too small so I upsized the image to 1.6". I am so amazed on how the Cricut Explore was able to cut this image as small as an inch. I took a photo of the size comparison of the two different sized gas pump.

I inked the top layer with Versamark ink, applied clear embossing powder and heat set it. I adhered the bottom two layers and stamped a smiley face on the negative space which is from Lawn Fawn Love Letters stamp set. I applied Ranger Glossy Accent to the negative space and allowed this to dry. Once this has dried, I adhered the top layer over it. I adhered this on top of the sentiment.

To create the rip strip, I scored two lines on the flap, about an inch apart from each other. I embossed the strip with a dotted border die from Lawn Fawn Stitched Border die. There are rip strip dies on sale but I don't have one so I created one with whatever supply I have on hand. I trimmed off a bit of the rip strip from the flap. I colored the rip strip with a Copic marker to make it pop. I created a sentiment using a Jillybean Alphabet stamp set, I stamped an arrow from Lawn Fawn Into The Woods stamp set to guide the recipient on how to rip off the strip.

Thank you for visiting my blog. Have a blessed, brilliant and creative day!

Maria Giselle B.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Mother's Day Crepe Paper Flower


This is an extension of my previous post on Crepe Paper Flower Corsage. Since Mother's Day is a fews days away when I made the corsage, and while my supplies are out, might as well create more. For these flowers, I use an 9" 18-gauge floral wire to give it a long stem look. Otherwise, I created these flowers using the same procedure I used in the Crepe Paper Flower Corsage.

The tag is a die.cut using Paper Smooches Gift Tags 3 die. The sentiment is from Lawn Fawn Mom + Me stamp set. I heat embossed the stamp mom three times with Hero Arts White embossing powder to give it a puffed look. I inked the edges of the tag using Tim Holtz Vintage Photo Distress ink. I added a few gold flower sequins and put gold Nuvo drops to the center to cover the sequin hold. I attached this to the flower stem with a twine.

I gave these flowers to the three moms working the night shift with me. I wish I could have made more to give to moms of both shifts but I did not get to making more. I'll try again next year.

Thank you for visiting my blog. Have a blessed, brilliant and creative day!

Maria Giselle B.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Crepe Paper Flower Corsage


I feel like crepe paper is on trend right now, especially in creating paper flowers. I created this corsage for my sons' band teacher for their spring concert. It is an ongoing tradition that I can't seem to let go at the moment.

I got the template from If you are a visual learner, this won't be the tutorial for you. The tutorial for this flower is all in text. Also the link to the flower centers tutorial in this post does not work. I just searched the net for other flower tutorials. I created the peony in which the center is not hard at all to create.

Since this is my first time to play with crepe paper, I did no go for the nice, expensive brands available online. I bought mine from Michael's, which I got at 1/2 off. It comes in a 12x12 variety pack which is a good deal for a newbie on crepe paper.

I printed the template, following the instruction to upscale it to 33%. I folded the crepe paper, following the grain of the paper, so I can cut 6 petals right away. The template comes with several kinds of leaves. I cut several leaves.

I stretched the widest part of the petal to curl and curve it, to make it dimensional. I pinched the narrow tip. I also stretched the leaves.

I stretched a small piece of crepe paper to cover a small cotton ball, which I twirled into an 18-gauge floral wire. I secured this with floral tape. This is the flower center to which I started building the flower petals by adding one petal around it until I used up all the petals I have cut. I also attached the leaves using the floral tape then kept wrapping the floral wire until it is all covered with the floral tape. The only time I used a liquid glue is on the end of the floral tape. Somehow, the end would not adhere so I squirted a small amount of liquid glue to adhere this to the stem. The floral wire is about 9" long since it is a corsage.

I created a box to put in the crepe paper flower. I used the Martha Stewart Scoring Board to create the box. The lid of the scoring tool compartment comes with a guide on what size of paper to use and where to score for a certain finished box size. I die cut a window on the lid of box using Mama Elephant Union Square Creative Cuts. I heat embossed an acetate using My Favorite Things Music Sheet background stamp, and silver Hero Arts embossing powder.

Thank you for visiting my blog. Have a blessed, brilliant and creative day!

Maria Giselle

Monday, May 7, 2018

Digi. Stamp Shaker Card

We have a new challenge at Incy Wincy Designs Challenge Blog. The challenge theme is Things That Fly. Our sponsor for this challenge is Polkadoodles. The image I am using is Jasper Hot Air Balloon.

I printed the image on Neenah Solar White cardstock in greyscale. I colored the image using Prismacolor color pencils and using Sakura Souffle pens for accents. I fuzzy cut the image leaving a small border around it.

To assemble the card, I taped a string on the back of the fuzzy cut digi. I created this to be a floating digi. but when the card is all assembled, the digi. would not move at all. My frame for the shaker card is a stacked die cut using Pretty Pink Posh Scallop frame die. I glued the end of the strings on the bottom stacked frame piece. If I will re-create this card, I will lean more to adhering the strings to the top of the stacked frames, closer to the acetate. A hard lesson learned but despite losing this feature as originally designed, it is still a shaker card. Who wouldn't want a shaker card?

I used a cloud patterned paper as background. I inked the patterned paper with Broken China Tim Holtz Distress Oxide. I spritz the area with a shimmer spray. I dried the paper using a heat gun to control the warping of the paper.

I have no place to stamp the sentiment on the patterned paper so I stamped the sentiment on the acetate. I prepared the acetate with anti-static powder tool. I stamped the sentiment from Ellen Hutson Total Random Sayings stamp set with Versamark ink using the Misti Stamping tool. I poured Hero Arts white embossing powder to the stamped sentiment then heat set it making sure the heat gun is warm. I was also moving the heat gun constantly while melting the powder to prevent warping the acetate.

I poured various sequins to the center of the patterned paper, then adhered the stacked frame on top. I made sure all the edges are sealed. No one wants an escaping sequin, right?

To finish off the card, I adhered this shaker to a 4-1/4"x5-1/2" teal cardstock. I adhered this to a top folding notecard. I rounded the edges using a We R Memory Keepers corner chomper.

Thank you for visiting my blog. We hope to see your creations in this new challenge. Have a blessed, brilliant and creative day!

Maria Giselle B.

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Sunday, April 29, 2018

Distress Oxides with Perfect Pearl

It is such an honor to be invited to participate in the Coffee and Cards Collaboration with Celeste of Crafting Junky and Deb of Meticulosity. Below is the photo inspiration for this month's collaboration.

The sentiment on this photo is very timely. It is supposed to be spring but sometimes the temperature still dips down so we can't really put the winter jackets away for the season. 

On to the card, I am using a black cardstock panel, measuring 51/2" x 4 1/4", I positioned the hello die cut from the Concord and 9th Say Hello Die to help in placement of the stamped flowers. The stamp I am using is from Ellen Hutson Bold Blooms stamp set. I stamped thhe flowers and leaf using Tim Holtz Distress Oxide in Worn Lipstick, Wilted Violet and Peeled Paint. I created masks for the flowers to be able to stamp the leaf close to the flower, making it appear like the leaf is at the back of the flower. Distress Oxide has pigment ink properties. While the inked impression is still weit, I pounced Perfect Pearl to the stamped flowers and leaves using the same color. I spritz this panel with water to set the Perfect Pearl. I am not sure if the Oxide Inks reacted to the spritz ,lof water having Perfect Pearl on top of it. But I like the look of Oxide Ink on dark colored cardstock.

For the sentiment, I adhered a white cardstock on double adhesive sheet. I die cut the bold hello with the adhesive side on top. I peeled off the release paper and poured Elizabeth Craft Designs Cool Diamond Silk Microfine glitter on it. After shaking off the excess, I rubbed my finger on the glitter to set it and at the same time, the friction activates the silky feel of the glitter. I removed the excess glitter using a Swiffer cloth.

I adhered this to the center of the stamped panel. I trimmed off an eight of an inch from each sides so I can matte this onto another black cardstock.

Since my glitter is already out, I adhered a double sided tape to all four sides of a 5 1/2" x 4 1/4" black cardstock. I poured the same Microfine glitter over the tape. Just like what I did on the sentiment, I rubbed the glitter to set it. I adhered the stamped panel onto this using fun foam for some dimension.

I embossed a sub-sentiment on black cardstock using white embossing powder. The sentiment is from Hero Arts Stamp and Cuts Hello Coordinating set. I trimmed this into a strip and cut the edges to create a banner. I adhered this below the hello die cut.

I added Pretty Pink Posh Sparkling Confetti Mix as last detail.


As I've mentioned, this collaboration will not be complete without coffee. My photo features my all-time and only favorite coffee from Starbucks White Chocolate Mocha, non-fat and no-whip. 

Thank you for visiting my blog. I hope you've checked on Celeste and Deb's photo inspired creations and their featured coffee or tea as well.

Have a blessed and brilliant day!

Maria Giselle B.

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