Saturday, May 30, 2015

Baby Shower Pennant

I created a pennant for a baby shower. I challenged myself to look through my stash and create from what I have.

I used the Cricut Birthday Bash Cartridge for the pennant and the font. I cut the pennant at 5". I cut the font at 1.1" making sure the relative icon is highlighted so the letters are sized in relation to each other. I just purchased an Elizabeth Crafts glitter powder, and I can't wait to play with it. I was unsure if I can cut a double sided adhesive sheet with the Cricut so I used the Cricut Pintable Sticker Paper to cut the fonts. I flipped every letter before cutting because I had the release paper laid directly on the mat with the sticker sheet on top. This will allow me to pour the glitter on the sticky side of the sheet, and the letters will be correct.

For the pennant in between the words, I created a spinning embellishment. I used a Fiskar Stamp set to stamp the onesie on watercolor paper. I fuzzy cut this after coloring it. The stamp set only came with the front side of the onesie. So for the back, I masked the neck and the leg openings. I drew lines using a black marker to mimic the lines of the back of the onesie. This was fuzzy cut as well. The front and the back were adhered together with a thin thread sandwiched between these. I made sure it is aligned and snipped off extras. Using a circle die, I cut 2 white circles as a border to emphasize the onesie. This also sandwiched the thread that will spin the onesie. The pennant is also adhered to another pennant to sandwich the rest of the thread. This ensures stability of the spinner. Allowing enough dry time also makes this mechanism successful.

After I threaded a yarn through the holes and took a photo of the pennant banner, I decided to embellish the yellow pennants some more, which I wasn't able to photograph. I added a die cut heart to the middle of the onesie, applied Wink of Stella and Glossy Accents to it. To the other yellow pennant, I stamped 'Hello Baby' onto a vellum strip, heat embossed this using white powder. The strip was wrapped around the yellow pennant. My apologies for not taking a final photo, I had to bring the banner as soon as the Glossy Accent dried. I wasn't present during the party to take photos of the the banner.

As for my challenge, all supplies came from my stash. Hurrah!
Thanks for visiting my blog.

Maria Giselle B.

Supplies used:
Pennant & Font: Cricut Birthday Bash Cartridge
Paper: DCWV Nana's Kids Stack, Cricut Printable Sticker, Watercolor Paper
Glitter: Elizabeth Crafts
Die: Simon Says Stamp Stitched Circle Wafer dies
Stamp: Fiskars Special Delivery
Marker: Akashiya Sai Watercolor Brush Pen

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Create Your Own Background with Repeated Stamping

It is my second son's birthday tomorrow. To be honest, I have not made him a card for this occasion. It is another difficult task on my part to create a boyish card especially when I have only a stamp set to work with.

I am participating in Altenew's challenge for this month which is to create a card based on this photo.

My only Altenew stamp set is the Hennah Elements. I can't use flowers because my son will not be liking that. I used the border stamp since it is gender neutral. Using a 5 1/2 x 4 1/4 white cardstock, I blended several colors of Tim Holtz Ink. I hit this with my heat gun to speed up the drying time. I tested this blended background first by pouring embossing powder to it. No powder got stuck so it should be dry. To this piece, I stamped the border one at a time so I can emboss this in different colors, copper, gold and liquid platinum.

I die cut the sentiment five times and stacked it on top of each other. I applied Wink of Stella to this sentiment before adhering it to the blended-embossed background piece. I applied Glossy Accents to the sentiment. How I wish I have one of those Precision Tip for this job. But anyway, I wiped off any stray Glossy Accents with a dental pick and it dried up just fine.

I trimmed off a fourth on each side. For the note card, I swiped a blue pigment ink on the edges and poured clear embossing powder to create a colored strip on both sides of the main piece. I adhered the main piece with fun foam for dimension. As last step, I adhered some sequins.

Thanks for viewing my blog.

Maria Giselle B.

Supplies used:
Ink: Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Barn Door, Broken China, Faded Jeans, Peacock Feathers, Spiced Marmalade, Tumbled Glass, Wild Honey), Versamark
Stamp: Altenew Hennah Elements
Embossing Powder: Ranger (Copper, Liquid Platinum), American Crafts Zing! Metallic Gold
Metal Die: Simon Says Stamp 

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Friday, May 15, 2015

Chevron Strips Masculine Birthday Card

It is my husband's birthday. Somehow for me, it is tougher to create a masculine card. This week is Picture Perfect challenge at PS Challenge Blog.

What caught my eye in this photo is the chevron pattern of the table. This inspired me to create my own chevron pattern. After all, it has been a while when this pattern was a hit in the crafting world. So, I gathered half an inch strips of paper from my stash. I adhered this to a 5 1/2 x 2 inch scrap sheet of paper as support. Aside from the grid, my cutting mat has diagonal lines which I used as a guide to adhere this strips. I cut the excess strips hanging off the side of the support paper. I used a die to cut and create a stitched impression on the sides making it into a 5 x 2 inch paper. One of the patterned paper strips came with its own greeting 'my father.' I covered the 'my' with stickers to make it to 'our.' I had to trim these stickers to fit the space. I stamped 'to' on the top of this sentiment.

The only embellishment I have that I can come up with is the coffee cup. I stamped this using three different shades of brown to create an ombre patterned cup. I stamped with the lightest shade first. With the middle shade, I wiped off a part of the top of the cup to retain the light shade color. And with the darkest, I just partly inked the bottom and the handle of the cup. I used my stamp positioner for this multi-stamping technique. I fuzzy cut this image. I embossed it with WOW! Ultra High clear powder. I was going for a glazed effect so I embossed the cup twice. You have to make sure your Versamark is juicy before attempting to pour this Ultra High powder to your image. I had to re-ink my Versamark pad so the powder would stick to the image. I also did the same technique with the saucer.

I was going to use a critter to pop out of the cup but I don't have the right sized critter. Since this is a masculine card, I went for the shooting stars. I used mirror stamping using acetate as Jennifer McGuire did in her video ( It reminds me of rub-ons when I did technique. I stamped the stars in vellum. I colored the stars with a glittered yellow marker.

The panels were adhered in kraft cardstock. I adhered the cup with dimensional tape. I adhered the saucer straight on the panel. As for the vellum stars, I put a dot of glue on areas that will be covered by the embossing.

Thanks for viewing my blog.

Maria Giselle B.

Supplies used:
Stamps: Paper Smooches Cyber Cafe, Merry Motifs, Spectrum
Die: Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangle Wafer Dies
Powder: WOW! Clear Gloss Ultra High Embossing Powder, WOW! Blue Topaz Regular Transluscent Embossing Powder, Ranger Liquid Platinum

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Monday, May 11, 2015

Inlaid Shaker Flocked Mother's Day Card

Belated Happy Mother's Day to my Inang and all moms out there. I just finished my Inang's mother's day card. Better late, than never!

For this card, I used inlay technique. I cut four different colored cardstocks at 4 1/4 x 5 1/5. I placed the largest metal die flower on the center for placement. I used the curved edged die to cut the cardstocks into different sections keeping in mind the color order of my pattern. The cut ups can be used for another card to avoid waste. I didn't make one but I'll look through the cut scraps to see what I can come up with.

The focal point of this card is the middle section. I cut the flower using a red cardstock. I heat embossed this die cut with a red glittered embossing powder. This allowed me to plan the placement of stamping for the leaves. I used a die ink to stamp the leaves, then Versamark ink. Now, I really wish I have the Misti tool. But for now, I used a stamp positioner. The leaves were stamped using one ink only. I double stamped and triple stamped the other leaves to create different shades of green. I then die cut the flower.

I created a shaker behind the flower, backing the flower with some acetate. I realized I should have backed the red cardstock with a double sided adhesive sheet so I don't have to deal with the mess of the liquid glue on acetate. I used an alcohol swab to clean off the dried glue on the acetate. I inlaid this to the yellow cardstock. I placed foam tape on the back of this.

For the shaker, I cut some hexagon shapes using the smallest hexagon metal die. I cut this on glittered white paper. I added some colored sequins as a shaker element. I also decided to flock the black curved strip for some added texture. Flocking sure is a mess!

For the sentiment, I masked the word 'oh.' I heat embossed the sentiment using white powder. I splattered some white watercolor on this section. I created a palette of white paint first on an acrylic block. Using a paintbrush, I swept this paint puddle towards the card. The closer your acrylic block to the paper, the bigger the splatter. I dried this with a heat gun. To complete the sentiment, I stamped the word 'mother's' on vellum and heat embossed it on white as well.

For the top section, I stamped the three dots using a pink dye ink. I used second generation stamping to make the color subtler for this background section.

Too many techniques used for this card. I hope my Inang loves it.

Thanks for visiting my blog.

Maria Giselle B.

Supplies used:
Metal Die: Avery Elle Custom Panel, Ellen Hutson Bold Blooms Stand Alone
Stamp: Ellen Hutson Bold Blooms, Mama Elephant
Ink: Versamark, Close To My Heart
Powder: Embossing-Hero Arts, Ranger; Flocking-Martha Stewart
Paint: Kuretake Gansai Tambi

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