Saturday, April 30, 2016

Mason Jar Bouquet

I've been in hibernation for a while. The primary reason is that our gas company decided to relocate our gas meter to the outside of our house. Guess where the location of the gas meter that they have to pull out? Yeah, in my designated craft room, by the shelves which has my crafting tools and supplies. Although, they said it will be okay to leave most of the things on the shelves, to save my supplies and myself from the possibility of any damage, I took everything out of the shelf. Now, looking at the bare shelf, I thought of renovating the whole area. After browsing for possible storage solutions, I just decided to tidy up the things I removed. In that sense, I think it will look like it has been renovated having it organized. But I am not halfway through the cleaning. When I took off the things from the shelf, I boxed it by which shelf I pulled it out from. The difficulty now in trying to create something is I can find the things I need but I have to go through boxes or stacks to get to it. Plus, I really have to be good in putting it back or else, that's when I will start to lose something.

Enough of my troubles. I have to get my creative juices flowing. I chose to jumpstart it with Simon Says Stamp Best Mom Clear Stamp Set. I stamped the flowers multiple times on a watercolor cardstock using Ranger Archival ink. I watercolored these flowers using Zig Clean Color Brush Marker and Akashiya Sai Watercolor markers. I fuzzy cut the flowers once it has dried. I ran a black marker around the edges for a finish cut. And for the final touch for the flowers, who wouldn't want a touch of clear Wink of Stella on the roses?

I just got a Cricut Explore Air. This is one of the initial cuts I made and so far, I am impressed with the cuts. There are still imperfections in my opinion but it is far better than my Cricut Imagine. Using the Cricut Design Space, I searched for a mason jar image. I cut the mason jar almost @ 3'. I cut this on a Kraft cardstock. I applied Glossy Accents to the bottom half of the mason jar and poured Tim Holtz Distress Glitter in Antique Linen on it. While waiting for this to set and dry, I stamped the word 'mom' on the oval cut-out. I masked a sentiment stamp from Altenew Wild Hibiscus stamp set. I embossed this using white powder. I inked the edges of this oval cut-out using Tim Holtz Distress Ink Vintage Photo.

Here's where the difficulty starts, is how to arrange the flowers. I would love to put a dozen roses. Who doesn't want to received a dozen roses, right? I temporarily adhered the jar to a Doodlebug pink doily. I added a small dot of Ranger Multi Medium Matte to the tip of the stems. When I was happy with the arrangement, I removed the mason jar and squirted some Ranger MMM to areas that need adhering. I applied an acrylic block on top of this to serve as a weight while the glue is drying off.

While the flowers are drying, I applied foam adhesive to the back of the mason jar. I adhered this on top of the rose stems. I also adhered the rest of the die cut elements to the oval space. I also tied a white twine around the top of the mason jar. To pop up some of the roses, I applied a clear dimensional tape on the back of some of the roses. To keep the interest focused on the roses, I embossed the front of a white notecard using Li'l Inker Design Quilted Stitched pattern die. I adhered the doily using a double adhesive tape. To finish off the card, I stamped a sentiment on the base of the mason jar. The sentiment is from Hero Arts All Occasion Messages stamp set.

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Maria Giselle

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Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Flowers For You

I always miss the deadline of the Lawnscaping Challenges so I made it a point to be able to join this time. It was a challenge for me in a sense that most of my flower stamps are not Lawn Fawn. But creativity also means working with what you have.

I initially die cut a watercolor paper using LF Stitched Square Stackables. I used the 3" sized square. I watercolor wash this using Akashiya Sai Watercolor markers. I stamped the bear from LF Party Animal on watercolor paper using Ranger Archival Ink. I also watercolored the bear using the same markers. I fuzzy cut the bear and ran a black marker at the edges for a finished look. I stamped the flowers from LF Chirpy Chirp Chirp on watercolor paper, watercolored it and die cut it using the matching die. I stamped the grass from the same stamp set on vellum. I embossed this using a clear powder and trim it into a strip.

To assemble the card, I positioned the grass vellum on the bottom of the panel, folded the excess towards the back, then adhered it with tape. I tucked the bear underneath the grass vellum then adhered it. Next, I adhered the flowers with some being held by the bear, and the other flowers still on the grass, sort of like the bear picked up some of these flowers. For the sentiment, I used LF Milo's ABC.

Using the 4" square rom the LF Stitched Square Stackables, I die cut a patterned paper from the LF Perfectly Plaid Petite Paper Pack to matte the scene panel. I adhered this to a square note card of the same size.

Most of the time, I leave the inside of the card blank but for this card, I did not. To complete the sentiment on the front, I stamped 'For You' on the inside. This sentiment is from LF Lucky Stars. I have to do a little bit of clear stamp surgery to come up with these two words. This card can be used for any occasion but since Mother's Day is close by, I stamped 'Happy Mother's Day' as a second sentiment. This stamp is from the LF Mom + Me stamp set. I stamped this to mimic a label. I learned this technique from Kristina Werner. I wanted to link her tutorial here but I couldn't find the card she created using this technique. Anyway, to create this, just stamp the sentiment using Versamark ink. Emboss it with white powder. Apply a masking tape around the sentiment. Ink the space with Tim Holtz Black Soot Distress ink. Remove the tape. Buff the sentiment to remove the ink from the embossed sentiment.

The card is pretty much done until I decided to add more accents. I added Glaze to the flower petals. I added shimmer to the center of the flowers. I still went on and decided to add black Glaze to the bear's eyes. Then, I messed up with one of the eyes. You should see the cringe in my eyes. Have you had a moment like this before? I tried to save it by scraping the mess using a craft knife, buffing it with an eraser, watercoloring it again, and apply the black glaze. Well, it won't work. Somehow, it keeps bleeding onto the area that got scraped off even if it was buffed. I was decided to pull off the bear and replace the bear with a new one. But I really like how the bear turned out, except for the messed up eye, of course. So, instead of ripping this card apart, I fixed the mess with some googly eyes. It's not bad after all since the bear, now with the googly eyes, seem to be looking at the flowers.

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Maria Giselle B.

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Saturday, April 2, 2016

Ink Blending, Metal Die Embossing and Foiled Sentiment

I created these cards for a friend who needs Thank You cards and also to participate in the MFT Color Inspiration challenge. I only have one MFT ink pad so I looked through my ink swatch to see which of my inks are close to the challenge colors.

I blended the colors on Strathmore Bristol paper. Using a white pigment ink, I stamped the solid figures from the MFT Party Patterns, sort of like creating a bokeh pattern. I zapped the panel with the heat gun. I misted the panel with Ranger Pearl diluted in water. I dried this again with the heat gun. The thing I like about the Bristol paper is it's endurance with water and heat. I didn't notice any warping. I haven't tried other kinds of medium to put this paper to the test. How about you? Have you tried this paper with other mediums?

To add more detail to the panel, I used MFT Die-namics Stitched Companion-Diagonal to emboss and add the detailed stitching to the panel. To achieve this, I sandwiched the ink blended panel, the metal die and a Spellbinders Silicone mat under the inked panel, then ran these through the Sizzix Big Shot. My panels were bigger than the metal die. At first, I embossed the metal die to the larger inked die then snipped the sides just enough to leave a small margin around the stitched lines. With the second and last panels, after embossing it, I did partial die cutting to cut the edges off. This is when you just apply the top plate on top of the area of the die you want cut. Anything not covered by the plate will not be cut.

For the sentiment, I tried foiling using the Therm O Web ICraft Deco Foil Adhesive Pen Glue. I wasn't coming up with good results so instead of wasting a lot of resources, I die cut the word thanks from MFT Many Thanks Die-namics using a silver foiled cardstock. To make it easy to adhere this sentiment, I also applied Stick-It to the back before die cutting it.

I mat the panels with dark gray cardstock. I adhered this to a white top folding note card. I further embellished the card with sequins and glass beads. I was trying to adhere a small seed beed to the center of the sequin but the Ranger Multi-Matte won't keep it stuck to the sequin so I  just got rid of that idea.

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Maria Giselle B.

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Sunday, March 27, 2016

Creating a Background with One Stamp Set

Coloring books are in trend now. I haven't joined the trend yet but there are a lot of products out there that is very tempting to purchase and color. How about you? Do you have a coloring book? Anyway, my project is inspired by this trend. Since the coloring trend has expanded to 12 x 12 paper and coloring cards, I decided to create my own coloring sheet. I am using Altenew Striped Florals. I cut a light pink cardstock at 8.5" x 5.5". I used an anti-static powder tool to prepare the cardstock. I stamped the large images first randomly using Versamark ink. I stamped several images at a time, then pour embossing powder over the images. I am using Ranger Embossing Antiquities Verdigris powder. I heat emboss the images. I repeated this process until I filled up most of the cardstock. I used all the stamps in the Striped Florals set. I couldn't say how long this process took me since I was doing it intermittently. The cardstock withstood the heat and I think a big factor to this is allowing the heat gun to be hot before heating the embossed images. The embossing powder I used also took some time to melt so heating the gun first prevented warping of the paper.

Now, it is time to color. I am debating on what medium to use. Since this is a regular cardstock and I went thru all that trouble to make this coloring paper, I chose color pencils. I am using Staedtler Ergosoft colored pencils and a blender pen.

This is the moment wherein I have to take chances on this coloring sheet I've invested time on. I cut this in half at the 8.5" side to create a 4.25" x 5.5" panel. I die cut this panel using My Favorite Things Die-namics Stitched Companion-Diagonal and kept all the negative spaces. I also cut a fun foam using the same die. The die cut fun foam flattened after it got run through the Big Shot but allowed some time, it went back to its original size.

Using the positive cut as a guide, I adhered the negative cuts to a white note card. I adhered a transparent film on the back of this positive cut. For the sentiment, I cut a pink vellum to fit the bottom space. I stamped the sentiment using Versamark ink and the Misti Stamping tool. I poured white powder to this and heat set it. I adhered this to the matching negative cut. I adhered the fun foam, poured glitters and sequins to the foam tunnels, and sealed it with the front panel.

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Maria Giselle B.

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Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Masked Stamping & Copic Coloring

My youngest son loves My Little Ponies. This inspired me on how to color the unicorn of the Paper Smooches Spectrum stamp set. I created a mask of the unicorn by stamping the unicorn onto a Post-It note. I allowed the stamped image to dry on the Post-It note. Even if I use a dye ink to stamp on the Post-It note, it smudges if I touch it right away. 
I stamped the first unicorn on the left side of an Express It paper. I used a Memento Desert Storm ink because I plan to do no line coloring of the unicorns. I used the second generation ink for the image which just means stamping the image onto a scrap paper first before stamping it on the Express It paper. I lined the mask on top of this unicorn. Repeating the process described, I stamped the unicorn onto the right side of the first unicorn. I repeated this process another time to create three unicorns with the illusion of one is slightly in front of the other. 

I don't have the Copic markers that match the colors of the My Little Ponies that I chose (Pinkie Pie, Apple Jack and Rainbow Dash.) I just got by with the closest that I have. Thanks to Google, I also found this website that guided me in coloring the unicorns (

After I colored the unicorns, I colored the horn with Copic Spica in clear for sparkle. I cut out the unicorns and used a blade to cut in between the unicorns. To ground the unicorns, I cut a textured kraft colored cardstock using a Mama Elephant stitched border die to create a hill. I embossed the sentiment on the right side of the hill using Versafine and black embossing powder. 

To create the background, I used Prima Color Blooms to create splatters of colors. I used Cotton Candy, Soft Teal and Tea Stain. I splattered the colors on a Strathmore Bristol paper. After this has dried, I die cut this panel using a Simon Says Stamp Double Stitched Rectangle die. I also used this to create a stitched impression on the bottom part of the stamped hill.

I adhered the hill on the bottom of the color splattered panel, then adhered the unicorns on top of the hill. I matted this panel with a patterned paper, then adhered this to a white note card. I added Glossy Accents to the horns of the unicorns. I also added white dots on the nose of the unicorns using a white Gelly Roll pen.

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Maria Giselle B.

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Sunday, March 6, 2016

Hexagon Flower Quilt Card


I was trying to finish this card for the previous Hero Arts Challenge but my life got so hectic that I did not finish it on time. But I decided to finish off the project since I did scrap about 4 pieces of stamped panels before I came up with this final piece. I was really going to quit the idea after the third try but I just couldn't let go of creating a quilted look out of my old hexagon stamps.

Hexagon became a fad shape a couple of years ago and I am one of those who joined that craze. I am using the Hero Arts Clear Hexagons stamp set for this project. After choosing which die inks I'll be stamping with and after searching the net for a quilted flower pattern, I stamped the striped hexagon stamp onto a white Neenah Solar White card stock. Since I am only using this stamp, I made sure I clean off this stamp in between colors by cleaning it with a baby wipe, then with a dry rag, stamping it off to a scrap paper, then stamping it again onto the scrap paper after inking it with the first color. There is a new product out in the market, the Lawn Fawn Stamp Shammy which you can use to short cut the tedious process I just described. I don't have one and so far, it is sold out at the Lawn Fawn site but I saw a shammy at Michael's, at the art section, if you want to try it out.

For the center of the flower, I flipped the striped hexagon stamp to create a solid hexagon shape. double stamped this to make the color darker & bolder. The key to creating this quilt background is to be sure the image is overlapping each other during stamping. But if you created a gap, no worries. Just stamp the image again.

After I filled up the panel with hexagons, I felt there was still something missing to pop out the flowers. I accented the flowers by using coordinating color pencils and traced a line around the hexagons on the flowers and leaves. I also colored the solid hexagons with Wink of Stella Glitter pen.

This is when I had a difficulty finishing the card that's why I didn't make it to the deadline. I can't find in my stash a Hero Arts sentiment that will stand out in this busy background. Does this happen to you? Anyway, after a night of sleep, I was able to finish the card. I trimmed the panel to 4" x 5 1/4". I haven't broken in the Heidi Swapp Minc Machine I've bought since November.

Using the Heidi Swapp Toner pen, I lined the outer edges of a white card base. I had difficulty using this pen. Somehow the ink, after priming, is not freely flowing in writing a straight line. It will be light in some areas so I had to repeat lining on it again. I also used Lawn Fawn dies, 'Thanks' and 'Thinking of You' to come up with the 'Thank you' sentiment.

I cut a piece from a solid rectangle printed using a laser printer. I got the template from Jennifer McGuire ( After I die cut the sentiments, I noticed some of toned areas are bare of toner. I used the toner pen to cover-up these areas. I cut a piece of foil larger than the front of the base card. I sandwiched this inside the Minc carrier and fed it thru the machine. I had the heat setting at 4.

I used the same foil to add foil to the sentiments. Depending on how perfectionist you are, I had to run this through the Minc twice since there were areas not foiled. I adhered this to the lower left corner of the panel. I adhered the panel to the foiled card base.

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Maria Giselle B.

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Friday, February 26, 2016

Easter Egg Shaped Card

I love creating cards that I can mass produce and have my kids hand to their friends, teachers, or to my friends and co-workers.

My most recent purchase is the Paper Smooches Easter Egg Dies. I have no immediate project for it not until I saw Paper Smooches Blog Challenge for this month. I can't help but think of a project that is timely and that ties with this month's challenge.

You know how you see those kraft colored eggs in the store? That inspired me to come up with this card. I die cut a kraft colored card stock using the egg die. I die cut the egg twice. I inked the edge of the egg with a Tim Holtz Distress Ink Vintage Paper. I embossed the top and bottom portions of the egg. You can emboss the whole egg since I was going to cover up the flat portion anyway. I used the Li'l Inker Design Quill Swirl Stitched Pattern die to emboss the egg.

I cut a strip of a pearl blue card stock. I cut this at 1/2". I adhered this to the center of the egg where there is no embossing. I die cut the ribbon using the same card stock. I curled the bow part using a  stylus just to train the card stock and prevent it from cracking. I tried using a liquid adhesive to adhere the parts of the bow but despite using a tweezer to press the pieces together while the glue is drying, it won't stay adhered. So, I turned to the Mini Glue Dots to do the job.

I scored another kraft egg die cut, around where the strip ends at the top. I made tick marks to ensure alignment. Fold the card stock at scored line. Stamp a sentiment on the top flap, making sure it will be upright when this flap is unfolded. I used sentiments from Paper Smooches Chit Chat and Recipe For Success stamp sets. I also used the smiley face from Paper Smooches Spectrum stamp set. Apply adhesive to the bottom part of the egg. Line up the eggs, then press to adhere.

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Maria Giselle B.

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