Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Puzzle Heart


Hello! It is not my and my husband's anniversary yet. It just so happens that the theme of the latest challenge of The Blog Called Hero is on Anniversary. 

I am using the following Hero Arts products:
  • Puzzle Fancy Die
  • Geometric Rotation Stencil (from this month's Monthly Hero Kit)
  • Floral Stamp & Cut By Lia
  • All Occasion Messages
  • Nesting Hearts Infinity Dies
  • White Embossing Powder

I die cut the heart on white cardstock then die cut this into puzzle pieces using the puzzle die. I die cut another heart using red cardstock which I adhered to the back of the heart puzzle.

I selectively die cut the puzzle pieces that I will use to highlight the sentiment. I die cut these pieces on the same red cardstock and white cardstock. 

I embossed the sentiment on the red puzzle pieces. I adhered the extra white puzzle pieces to the back for some dimension. I adhered this to the heart puzzle.

I stamped the word forever on the bottom of these spotlighted puzzle pieces using the a red dye ink. 

I temporarily taped the stencil to a gray cardstock and placed this on top of an embossing mat. I ran this through my die cutting machine. Aside from the cutting plate and embossing mat, I added two leather planner covers as part of the embossing sandwich. 


I adhered this gray embossed panel to a top folding note card. I then adhered the heart puzzle die cut. I added red sequins to the panel. I applied Nuvo drops to the center of the sequins. I added shimmer to the red puzzle pieces with Kuretake Wink of Stella. I rounded the corners with We R Memory Keepers Corner Chomper.

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

Maria Giselle B.

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Monday, April 19, 2021

Heat And Dry Embossing In Lay Card


Hello! We have a new challenge at Incy Wincy Designs. Our challenge theme is Colours Of Spring And/Or Embossing-Wet Or Dry. I am using one of the images provided by our sponsor.


I printed the image on Neenah Solar White cardstock. After looking online for a spring themed dress, I chose to go with a white dress with different floral prints. I colored the image with Copic markers, using B000 and 0 to create shadows on the white hat and dress. I doodled flowers with Sakura Souffle pens and Pilot Juice Pastel Gel Ink pens. I fussy cut the image, leaving a small white border around it. I colored this white border with a C00 Copic Marker to create a shadow that will make the image pop out. 

For the background panel, I trimmed a light blue cardstock at 5 1/2" x 4 1/4". I prepped the area with an anti-static pouch. I stamped the My Favorite Things Rose All Over Background stamp. I embossed this using Wow! Gold Pearl embossing powder. 

I die cut the word 'hi' on this embossed panel using The Stamp Market Hi die. I die cut an extra piece on white cardstock. This die cuts an outline and the letters. I set aside the outline. I am going to dry emboss on the letters.

I am using a floral embossing folder. I lightly brushed a light blue ink on the raised side of the embossing folder. I maintained the positioning of the letters with a Full Stick Post-It Note. I sandwiched this inside the embossing folder and ran it through the die cut machine. This technique created an inked, de-bossed impression of the flowers on the letters.

I inlaid the letter outlines and the letters on the negative space of the blue embossed panel. I secured this together with tape. 


I added a secondary sentiment by stamping over this inlaid panel. I used the Misti Stamping Tool so I can stamp repeatedly since I have to get to the nooks and crannies of the embossed impression on both the blue cardstock and the letter h. I prepped the area with an anti-static tool. I stamped the sentiment from My Favorite Things You Got Mail stamp set using dark blue dye ink and Versamark ink. I used Paper Source Navy embossing powder. 

I trimmed a sliver from each side of the panel. I adhered this to a top folding wide A2 note card. I added shimmer to the outline using a cleark Kuretake Zig Wink of Stella. I added gems to the center of the de-bossed flowers. The gems are from Pretty Pink Posh.

I blended Tim Holtz Distress inks on the blue background to mute down the embossed background. I adhered the digital image with foam adhesive. 

Thank you for visiting my blog. I hope to see your creations at the challenge blog. Have a blessed, brilliant and creative day!

Maria Giselle B. 


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Monday, April 12, 2021

Sketch Inspired Greeting Card

Hello! I created this card to join My Favorite Things' latest sketch challenge. Although using MFT products is not  a requirement, I am using the following MFT products:

  • Celebrate Life stamp set
  • Fresh Cut Flowers die set. 
  • Wonky Stitched Circle die set
  • Happy Hello Die-namics
I started off with selecting the patterned papers I will be using for the card. I am using Doodlebug Hello 6x6 patterned paper. 

I die cut the tulips, leaves and stems using different colored cardstocks. Before layering the flowers, I blended Tim Holtz Distress inks on the flowers to give it some depth. I adhered the petals, leaves and stem using liquid adhesive. 

I die cut two different patterned papers from the paper pad using a stitched rectangle die. 

I heat embossed the sentiment on the darker patterned paper. I colored this with white Faber Castell Polychromos pencil.

I die cut the sentiment on pink cardstock and a dotted patterned paper from the paper pad. I adhered the dotted sentiment die cut to the back of the pink sentiment die cut, slightly off setting it for a shadow effect.

I die cut the circle using a blue patterned paper from the paper pad.

I created a floral wrap using white parchment paper. I arranged the flowers before closing up the wrap.

I machine stitched a wide white strip of crepe paper to create pleats. 

Assembling the card, I adhered the pleated crepe paper to the stitched patterned paper panel. I adhered the stitched circle. I adhered the floral arrangement. I squirted some Ranger Multi Matte Medium to the back of the flowers for a bit of dimension. I adhered the hello sentiment die cut. I added shimmer to this die cut using a Tonic Shimmer pen then adding Ranger Glossy Accents. I set this aside to dry.


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

Maria Giselle B.

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Thursday, April 8, 2021

Adding Color to Ephemera (New Craft Stash #15)

Hello! Welcome to a New Craft Stash post. Today, I am featuring the Pinkfresh Studio Let's Stay Home Ephemera Pack. I also created this card to join in Pinkfresh Studio's latest blog challenge. 

I created a background using strips of cardstock. I trimmed different colored cardstocks with the color palette of the challenge in mind. I trimmed the cardstocks in different widths. 

I cut a typing paper at 3 3/4" x 8 3/4" and applied glue all over it. I adhered the strips of cardstock next to each other, repeating the pattern of colors until the whole typing paper is completely covered. I set this aside to dry with something heavy laying on top of it.

Once the panel is dry, I die cut it using the Pinkfresh Studio Slim Stitched Scallop Die. 

I created a frame for the scallops by partially die cutting a gold cardstock with the scallop frame window on the slim die. I die cut this again using a circle die that is slightly larger than the stitching created by the slim die. I adhered this to the scallop windows carefully lining up the scallops and the mini dot openings created by the die.

After choosing the ephemera pieces for this card, I added color to the outline images with Prismacolor color pencils. 



To assemble the card, I adhered the ephemera piece with the sentiment to the back of the center scallop window. I adhered this panel to a side folding white notecard. I adhered the floral ephemera pieces with foam adhesive. 

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

Maria Giselle B.

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Monday, April 5, 2021

Create A Border Using a Digital Stamp


Hello! We have a new challenge at Incy Wincy Designs. The challenge theme is Borders And/Or Bright Colours. A big thanks to Sheepski Designs for sponsoring our challenge. 

I edited the image using Microsoft Word so I can overlap the flowers to create a rectangular border. It took me a couple of printing trials on scrap paper to come up with this final design. 

I printed the image on Canson watercolor paper. I colored the image with Zig Clean Color Brush markers. 

I fussy cut the inner border to create a window. I also fussy cut the outer border. 

I adhered a gray cardstock behind which got its embossed impression using the Waffle Flower A2 Piercing Panel die.

For the hello sentiment, I am using a Cricut holographic vinyl adhered to a scrap cardstock. The die I used is Pretty Pink Posh Hello Friend Script die. I wanted to add a sentiment strip with the same color as the flowers. To create this, I heat embossed the sentiment first on the excess watercolor paper using a white embossing powder. I colored over this using the same pink Zig Clean Color Brush marker I used for the flowers. I set this aside to dry. I wiped the ink off the embossed sentiment using a baby wipe. I die cut this into a strip using an Avery Elle Simple Sentiments Elle-ments die. The sentiment is from Your Next Stamp Silly Fun Birthday stamp set. 

I die cut an extra script sentiment and a sentiment strip and adhered this to the back of each die cut for a raised look. 

I adhered this to a top folding horizontal note card.

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

Maria Giselle B. 


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Saturday, April 3, 2021

Stitched Card


Hello! I created this to join in Scrapbook & Cards Today Spring Issue Moodboard Challenge. My favorites in the mood board are the pastel colors and the chevron pattern which inspired me to create this card. 

I first created my design by counting the holes created by the Paper Smooches Cross Stitch die. I used a graphing paper to map out the colors and the zigzag color pattern. Next, I chose the DMC colors that I will be using. Then I stitched away. 

I die cut this stitched panel with Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangle Die. 

I matted this with a black cardstock. 


For the sentiment, I die cut the Paper Smooches You Are A Blessing die on black cardstock. I die cut this twice. I adhered the two negative cuts on top of each other. I added some shimmer with a black Wink of Stella. I adhered this to the center of the stitched panel.

I am using a top folding 5 1/2" x 4 1/4" horizontal notecard. I embossed the front using Li'l Inker Designs Quilted Stitched Pattern die. I adhered the panel to this. 


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

Maria Giselle B.

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Thursday, March 25, 2021

Coffee Mini-Card (New Craft Stash #14)


Hello! Welcome back to my New Craft Stash series. For this post, the new products I am featuring are the Trinity Stamps Crafty Post 3x4 Stamp & Postcard Die Bundle, and the Van Gogh Black Watercolor Cold Press 140 lb. paper pad. 

I trimmed the black watercolor paper into 4 1/4" x 5 1/2". I stamped the coffee cup image from Simon Says Stamp Simply Brewing using Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Antique Linen. I painted the coffee cup with Coliro Pearl Watercolor Deep Space. The rim of the coffee cup was colored with Karin DecoBrush Blue Metallic marker. I colored the coffee with Karin Decobrush Red Gold and Copper Metallic markers. 

I stamped the trim on the base of the coffee cup. The stamp is from the same SSS stamp set. I applied Finetec light gold pear watercolor directly to the stamp. Using the Misti, I stamped the image to the coffee cup to create an impression. It does not really look good compared to stamping using a stamp pad. But this impression will guide me where to paint. I added dots to the coffee cup using the same light gold paint.

I stamped the speech bubble from the same stamp set on the panel using the same technique of applying watercolor directly to the stamp. I am using Finetec pearl white gold watercolor. My chosen sentiment, which is from Paper Smooches,  is longer than the speech bubble. I simply extended the length of the speech bubble to accommodate the length of the sentiment. 

I heat embossed the sentiment using Versafine Onxy Black ink and black embossing powder. 

I die cut this panel using the postage die from Trinity Stamps. This die creates a frame with a postage edge. I die cut a light brown cardstock to create the frame. 


Using the 3 x 4 rectangular die from the Trinity set, I partially die cut a Hero Arts black notecard. I adhered the frame and the panel. I added a Nuvo heart gemstone on the middle of the coffee cup. 

I am so excited to finally have a black watercolor paper. The watercolor paper is 140 lb. so it withstood my frequent application of watercolor paint to make the pearlized colors vibrant. 

Although I did not use the stamps of the Trinity product, I like the size of the frame and panel dies. I can use these to create ATC with a postage frame element.

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

Maria Giselle B.

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