Thursday, August 28, 2014

You're So Special Navy Blue Dress Inspired Card

I am participating in the Runaway Inspired Challenge #66 with this photo as the inspiration.

I like the flower in the model's dress but I don't have a huge flower stamp in my collection. I think Altenew has a few stamps to re-create the flower but I don't have their stamps yet. It is part of my wish list, though.

Think...think...think...I came up with the idea of die-cutting huge flowers for my card. At first, I planned to cut dimensional flowers using patterned paper. Nah! I flipped through my Cricut Art Philosophy handbook to search for the flower which has an outline cut as well. I came across with this flower cut that I used in my card. I cut the flowers in three different sizes using white cardstock. I colored the solid flowers with Copic markers. I added detail by using Copic White Opaque. I used sponge daubers to color-in the outline of the flowers. I applied Wink of Stella to the outline.

Here are close-up photos of the flowers. The small flower is light pink in color. The one beside it is dark pink in color. 

This flower is color orange.

I thought about trimming the parts of the flowers that overhangs my card but I think I will lose the beauty of the flowers if I did that. What is a little overhang anyway. I think it added some uniqueness to the card.

Thanks for viewing my blog.

Maria Giselle B.

Die-cut: Cricut Art Philosophy Cartridge
Stamp: Hero Arts Truly Appreciated
Marker: Copic, Wink of Stella Clear
Ink: Hero Arts Shadow Ink Navy
Embossing Folder: Lifestyle Crafts Linear

I am submitting this to the challenge below:

Make A Wish Watercolor Card

After finding out Mama Elephant and Me August Challenge, I had several ideas on what card to make. I always feel I don't have the right stamp but somehow, I always challenge myself to use what I have.

To make this card, I started by making my own template by cutting a star using my Cricut Imagine. I cut two stars, a pointy-edge and a curved-edge. I asked Rudy (my eldest son) which star he likes the most, and you will see his choice in the card.

After I heat embossed my sentiment, I laid the star stencil on top of the watercolor paper, then laid a Memory Box stencil on top. I only have my Hello Kitty watercolor set to work with. Well, it didn't disappoint me.

I had a struggle on which background to attach my star to. I went through patterned paper, vellum and cardstock. And the final choice, I created my own background paper using several star stamps and Tim Holtz Distress Ink.

And here is the card I made.

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Maria Giselle B.

Stamp: Mama Elephant Confetti, Make A Wish
Stencil: Memory Box Line Up

When I posted this earlier, I was such in a hurry that I didn't mention to which blog I am submitting this card. So, here it is...

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Hello, Hello, Hello Tag

I created a tag for this week's Tag You're It! Challenge. I am inspired by this week's inspiration. I think it is about time to have my Cricut work. I cut the tag using my machine. I cut two tags with flowers (on green and white cardstocks) and a solid tag to serve as the backing of the tag. I used Copics to color the white flower cut-outs which will be in-laid on the negative space of the tag. I used the Copic Opaque White to add detail to the flowers. I applied Wink of Stella in clear to the flowers for shimmer. Oh, no! The Wink of Stella reacts with Copic Opaque White. I erased the lines I made using the Opaque White while I was applying Wink of Stella. So, next time, I will reverse the process to not ruin any close to being done projects. I went ahead and re-applied the Copic Opaque White.

The photo inspiration

Close-up of the flowers

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Maria Giselle B.

I submitted this card to the challenge blog below:

Oh Deer Card

I enjoyed blog hopping on Case Study's 4th Anniversary Week #3. There are a lot of designers who created cards based on their inspiration, and to which I got inspired as well. There is such influx of ideas but the limitation I have is the right kind of stamp to use. Anyway, it was so fun to look through all the participants' work.

This card I made is inspired by Cristina Kowalczyk's card ( I think it is a fun idea to extend your stamped image to the back of the card.

I had difficulties before coming up with this final card. On my first try, the tree trunk looked okay but once I stamped and watercolored the deer, nah! It didn't look okay to me. On my second try, oh no! I kept re-stamping using the Fiskars Stamp Press thinking it will be aligned because I didn't move the stamp press. I was wrong. It was a mess. Okay, I'll use the clean back of this watercolor paper for another project. The third was a charm. Finally, things are working the way I wanted it to.

And here is the card I created:

Doesn't the tree look dimensional with the card open? I didn't discover this until I was taking photos of the card. What a nice discovery!

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Maria Giselle B.

Stamps: Lawn Fawn Into The Woods,  Woodgrain Backdrops

I am submitting this card to

I will also post it on Lawn Fawn's Flickr Gallery (

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Random Hero Arts Challenge Win

I have happy news last week.  My card got randomly picked in Hero Arts One Layer Challenge.

All right! I didn't realize it at first until I saw how many views I am getting for my One Layer Hello card. Here is the photo of the randomly picked card which I posted last July.

Thanks for viewing my blog.

Maria Giselle B.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Sunshine Dog Card

I recently watched a card video by Kristina Werner (one of my favorite designers.)  I love her card so I thought of giving it a cardlift, the Maria way.  If you want to check her video, here is the link:

Here is the card I created.

I stamp the sun using yellow ink, re-stamped it but this time just inking the edges of the sun using orange ink. I cut out the center and traced this on a vellum.  I cut the vellum a little bit larger, stamped the smiley face on the right side.  I colored the back with yellow and colored the cheeks with pink.  I used a black Glaze pen to trace over the face to make it bold and dimensional.  After ensuring its placement, I adhered the sun using transparent dimensional tape.  I applied clear Wink of Stella and Glossy Accents to the sun rays.

I cut out the dog's mouth and inserted the twine-wrapped bone in it.  I applied Wink of Stella and Glossy Accent to the bone tips. The sentiment works well with the stamped images. I selectively embossed the sentiment.  Too bad, it is not captured in the photo.

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Maria Giselle B.

Stamp: Paper Smooches Spectrum, Woofers & Tweeters

I am submitting this card to the challenge below:


Saturday, August 16, 2014

Washi Tape Pocket Cards

For this week's challenge, the inspiration I got from the photo is the washi tapes.  It is time to break in on my washi tape collection once more.  Most of the embellishments for this card is washi tape.

The vellum pocket has clear tape adhered in front of it.  The elements underneath the vellum pocket (ampersand and flowers) were also cut using washi tapes.

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Maria Giselle B.

Die: Paper Smooches Always & Forever, Pocket
Stamp: Paper Smooches Denim & Daisies 

I am submitting this creation to this blog.