Thursday, January 5, 2017

Masculine Wobbler Get Well Soon Card


I was tasked by my husband to create a get well soon card for his uncle. Looking thru my craft stash, I came up with the idea of using Lawn Fawn products and Basic Grey Hipster patterned paper for the card.


I cut different papers using the heart from the Lawn Fawn Tiny Tags die set. I cut a second heart using card stock to use for layering. I snipped off the tag hole to just to make the cut a solid heart. I die cut different faces from the LF Make Me Smile die set onto the heart. I created the scene using LF Stitched Hillside Borders. I inked the edges of these die cuts with brown ink. I embossed a sentiment from My Favorite Stamps LJD Cheerful Blessings stamp set.


I know odd numbered embellishments is usually visually ideal, but I have 4 sons, thus, 4 hearts to represent each boy. To make the card interactive, I put one of the hearts on an Action Wobbler.


Thanks for visiting my blog. Have a blessed and brilliant new year!

Maria Giselle 

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Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Combined Digital & Stamped Images Celebration Card


My sister's birthday is coming up. I would have preferred to create a purple colored card for her, since that is her favorite color, but I find the purple card stock and patterned paper that I have on hand are too dark for a birthday card.

I colored the bear with Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers. The digital image came with balloons in the background. I stamped more balloons but I didn't like how straight one of the strings is. If I would have done this again, I would have just stamped the balloon and drew the strings using a black marker. I fuzzy cut the image to get rid of the balloons.

I am using a Forever Friends patterned paper purchased by my sister in the Philippines. I had to strategically plan how to cut the patterned paper since it has the bears and sentiments as part of the paper design. I didn't want these elements in my card.

I cut another patterned paper using Pretty Pink Posh Scallop Circle die. I cut a circle out of vellum to fit the scallop die cut. I embossed this using a star embossing folder. The star impression is not clear on vellum but I just kept this for this project.

I created a sentiment strip which I partially fuzzy cut the top half of the strip. Using the Misti Stamping Tool, I stamped the Altenew Super Script stamp sentiment on a yellow patterned paper. I used Hero Arts Pool to Navy Ombre ink to create some gradient. Since this is a large sentiment stamp, the Misti is very useful in fixing missed stamped spots. With the Misti too, I was able to ink the sentiment with Versamark ink so I can emboss it. To create the partial fuzzy cut strip, I lightly drew a line across the sentiment, at the point where I want to fuzzy cut it.

I stamped balloons from My Favorite Things BB Beary Special stamp set and black Ranger Archival ink. I colored this with Zig and created the shading using clear Spectrum Noir Sparkle pens. I die cut this using the coordinating die.


Putting the card together, I adhered the patterned paper to a white note card, then the scalloped circle, then the bear, and the strip. I tucked the balloons under the gifts and add dimension to the balloons using foam adhesive. I applied Ranger Glossy Accents to the balloons, party hat star, and the cupcake candy canes. On the latter two, I spread the Glossy Accents using a stick pin. I set this aside to dry. As final step, I cornered the edges with a We R Memory Keepers Corner Chomper.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, ATE NING! May you have more brilliant and blessed years to come. 

Thanks for visiting my blog.

Maria Giselle B.



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Diddybag Celebrate You Shaker Card


I am late in posting a project for Incy Wincy Design's bi-weekly challenge. I just came back from vacation, and I am usually unable to predict what craft items to bring with me. I always feel overwhelmed on what to bring. So, I just limit myself to coloring during trips. The good thing is that my images are now colored and cut. I also have a design lay out in mind.

I am using an old Crate Paper patterned paper line, Hello Love. I die cut a window using Pretty Pink Posh Window Frames die. I changed the orientation of the die to give it a twist.

For the sentiment, I am using a sentiment from My Favorite Things Celebrate Life stamp set. I am using words from two stamps. I used masking technique to be able to stamp the sentiments to make it look like the impression is from one stamp. I heat embossed this with Simon Says Stamp Rose Gold embossing powder. To make the sentiment pop, I colored the sentiment with Copic Opaque White. I colored the rest of the sentiment with a light pink marker.

To assemble the shaker card, I adhered a clear acetate on the back of the window panel. I cut a fun foam slightly smaller than the window panel. I die cut the window on the fun foam. I adhered this to the back of the window panel. I poured sequins over the acetate. The sequins are from SSS and Martha Stewart Crafts. I closed the window with another patterned paper from Hello Love. I adhered this to a white base card.


I adhered the bear to the front using foam adhesive. The image was colored with Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers.  I colored the hearts on the patterned paper with clear Spectrum Noir Shimmer pen, and I adhered the same hearts I used for shakers to some of the hearts. I rounded the corners on the left side with We R Memory Keepers Cropadile Corner Puncher.

Thanks for visiting my blog. I hope you join us in our Celebrate challenge. Have a blessed and brilliant day!

Maria Giselle B.





Friday, December 30, 2016

Customized Pocket Planner


I had this idea since last year but never got to working on the idea until this year. Planners are at a rage now. Despite the availability of the calendar in cellphones and tablets, some people still use planners. Most of my co-workers use this pocket planner. So, how about I personalize the planner.

I took the staples off the planner and cut a Strathmore Bristol paper the same size as the cover of the planner. To customize the planner, I stamped the recipient's name on the front using Concord & 9th Sophisticated Script stamp set. I embossed my friend's name using Wow! Gold Rich Pale embossing powder.

I masked this area and the back cover of the planner cover so I could stamp the My Favorite Things Rose All Over Background stamp. The planner is longer than the background stamp set. Since the name acts as a break on the background, I stamped the top area first, then the bottom area. I poured Simon Says Stamp Rose Gold embossing powder to the area, then heat embossed it.

I colored the flowers with Kuretake Zig Clean Color Markers. I also applied some color wash on the area where the name is stamped. I adhered a thin strip of black card stock in between the flower and the area where the name is stamped. I applied some shimmer to these strips using a clear Spectrum Noir Shimmer Pen. This draws the eye back to the name despite the busy, colorful background. I adhered SSS Tiny Flowers Sequins to fill in the spaces before and after my friend's name.


To control the warping of the paper, I ran this through the Sizzix. I added a ribbon to the planner to serve as a bookmark. I adhered this ribbon to the back cover, very close to the score line using a thin double sided tape. I adhered a wooden embellishment to the end of the ribbon using Ranger Glossy Accents. To cover this side of the butterfly, I adhered an Arc Wooden tape. I used a blade to cut off the edges then smoothed it with a nail file. I added yellow Nuvo Drops to the center of the butterfly.

I stapled back the planner sheets and slid the planner back to the transparent cover. I had to trim a bit off the edges to make it fit the cover sleeve.

Now, it is ready for gifting. Next year, I plan to start early so I can come up with enough to give away.

Thanks for vieiwing my blog. Have a blessed and brilliant day!

Maria Giselle B.

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Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Pop-up Wedding Card Featuring Magnolia Stamps


My sons' principal got married recently. I tried to finish this card in time for her cupcake party with the school children but I didn't quite made it in time. I didn't want to abort the project. So i pushed through with creating this card just for her.

It has been a while since I created this card, and there were more cards created after this. I'm very behind blogging my creations. I am not going to the specifics on how I created this card. You can leave me a comment in the comments section if you have any questions on the elements of this card. For now, enjoy the shots I took of the card.






Thanks for visiting my blog. Have a blessed and brilliant day!

Maria Giselle B.

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Monday, December 19, 2016

Using Digital Image Like a Die Cut


I will be honest. I struggled a lot with the digital images for this bi-weekly challange. You have no clue how many times I've printed the images. I was close to giving up and just taking a pass on this week's post. But this is what a DT member should be. Come up with ideas for the challenge and use the resources we have. Coloring the images didn't work for me despite using different color mediums. I wasn't giving justice to the beautiful images. So, I just went ahead and printed the image in its original color. My plan is to embellish this image, add accents to it.

I fuzzy cut the image. Using a blade, I cut off the top windows. I adhered vellum at the back to cover the open areas. To accent the snow and the fluffy portion of the elf's hat, sleeves and pants, I used an Uchida Snow Marker. I added shimmer to the elf's wing and sock using Spectrum Noir Sparkle pen. I also colored the light of the candle using Wink of Stella in yellow and orange. For the, bottom windows of the lantern, I filled it in with a Sakura Glaze pen. Another option is to use Glossy Accents.

Today's Incy Wincy Designs Challenge is to use Non-Traditional Christmas Colors. With the help of Google, I came across with this website, http://www.hgtv.com/design/decorating/color/fresh-christmas-colors-12-combos-youve-never-tried-pictures.  Any idea which color combination I chose? I chose the first one, which is Green + Brown.


The image by itself has both colors. The elf has green. The lantern has brown. I cut a green and brown cardstock. I die cut one edge using Mama Elephant Borderline Trios die. I layered these two cardstocks, with the brown cardstock longer than the green cardstock. I created a window on the green cardstock using Simon Says Stamp Stitched Circle die. I spritz this cardstock with Perfect Pearl Pearl diluted in water. While this is drying, I placed a Heidi Swapp stencil on top of the brown carstock. Using a sponge dauber, I applied some Delicate White Shimmer Pigment ink to the open circle areas. You can see a few of this snow dots through the vellum and top open area. If I will re-do this process, I would have chosen a stencil with a smaller sized circle. 

I threaded a Little Yellow Bicycle Jute through the hole of the lantern. I adhered the ends to the back using tape. I secured the die cut and the jute with Ranger Multi Matte Medium. 

The sentiment is from Hero Arts Holiday Sayings stamp set. I heat embossed this on vellum using Hero Arts White Embossing powder. I trimmed this into a sentiment strip. I taped the the edges to the back. I also squirted some Ranger MMM to the back of the dots on the sentiment strip. I applied foam tape to the back of the green cardstock and adhered this to the brown cardstock. 

For the cardbase, I used Neenah Kraft cardstock. I added some x-marks to the sides using Lawn Fawn Stitched Borders. I inked the die with SSS Kraft dye ink to add more interest to the embossed border. 

For the final accent, I added Nuvo Crystal Drops randomly. 


Hope you join us in our bi-weekly challenge at Incy Wincy Designs. Thank you for viewing my blog. Have a blessed and brilliant day!

Maria Giselle


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Monday, December 5, 2016

Embellished Digital Image with Stamped Images


I am behind in creating this card for the current Incy Wincy Designs Challenge. We are having a Tic-Tac-Toe Challenge which I hope you come and join us.

I printed the image on watercolor paper. I masked the image with masking fluid so I can create the background by blending Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Salty Ocean. Using Simon Says Stamp Falling Snow stencil, I applied some Wendi Vecchi Embossing paste, making sure I fill up the holes on the stencil. I poured some Judikins Iridescent Sparkle Embossing powder to the paste while it is wet. Make sure you clean your stencil and palette knife after use. You can either wipe it with a baby wipe or by soaking it in soapy water.

Once the paste is dry, using the heat gun, I heat the powder. I colored the owl and the branch using Tim Holtz Distress Inks by rubbing the ink pad onto the craft mat, and picking it up with a water brush. The tree branch is short for my lay-out. I extended the branch while I was coloring it. When it got dry, I drew lines using a black marker.

To add the embellishments, I stamped the sentiment from Hero Arts Holiday Sayings stamp set on a wood patterned paper. I embossed the sentiment using Versamark ink and HA White embossing powder. I inked the edges to hide the white core of the patterned paper. I stamped a holly from the same stamp set to one of the vines. I inked the leaves with a green ink first, stamped it. I stamped the image several times on scrap paper to make sure the green ink is cleared, then I selectively inked the hollies with red ink. You can draw the hollies using a red marker if you find this process too tedious.

To complete the tic-tac-toe, I need candles or lanterns in my creation. I would love to use lanterns but I don't have a lantern stamp. The candle is from Technique Tuesday Say It-Happy Stamp set. I stamped this on Neenah Solar White and colored it with Copic markers. I fuzzy cut the candles.

To further embellish the owl, and cover up an unpleasant mix of embossing paste and masking fluid, I stamped a Santa hat from Paper Smooches Merry Motif stamp set on Neenah paper. I colored it with Copic which I later added Spectrum Noir Sparkle. This stamp set comes with a matching die which leaves a white margin between the edge and the stamped image. I fuzzy cut the image to make it consistent with the owl who doesn't have a white margin. I ran a black brush marker to the edges to create a finish look. I filled in the fuzzy part of the hat with glue and poured Wow! White Puff Powder to it, then heat set it.


It is time to put the card together. I created a 4 1/2" x 4 1/2" square card using Lawn Fawn Stitched Lines dies. I used the largest die to cut an Echo Park Keepin' Cozy patterned paper. I created a window to fit the watercolored panel by using the 3rd largest square die. My watercolor panel turned out to be slightly smaller than this square. I was planning to inlay it. Change of plans! I cut a navy cardstock large enough to cover the window. I spritz this with WPlus9 Shimmer Spray mist. I dried it using a heat gun. Wow! The effect of the spray! Love the glimmer!

I adhered this navy blue cardstock on a white base notecard. I adhered the red windowed pattern paper on top. I adhered the watercolor panel but added fun foam to give it a bit of dimension and show off the glimmer of that sparkly navy blue cardstock. I adhered the sentiment with foam tape. I adhered the candles and the Santa hat using Ranger Matte Multi-Medium. I applied sparkles to the candles and the owl with clear Spectrum Noir Sparkle. I added Nuvo Dandelion Crystal Drops to the candles as last embellishment.


Seems like a lot of work, right? But it was fun creating this scene.

Thanks for visiting my blog. Have a blessed & brilliant day!

Maria Giselle



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