Friday, November 29, 2019

Christmas Tree Card

Hello! This will be a short post since it is Friday today which means working weekend nights for me. I'll edit this as soon as I can so I can share to you how I created the card. I just wanted to make it to the deadline of Sugar Pea's Blog Challenge. If you have any questions before I get to the editing this post, feel free to post it under the comment section.

Have a blessed, brilliant and creative day!

Maria Giselle B.

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Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Thanksgiving Treat Box

Hello! I created this to give away to my co-workers for Thanksgiving. I am using a digital box cut from Cricut Design Space called Window Box from 3 Birds - Life's A Party cartridge. I used the contour feature to hide the window so I will have a solid box. I cut this on a double sided Close To My Heart patterned paper. I used a bone folder to fold the score lines created by the Cricut scoring pen. This box used very minimal adhesive. It just needs adhesive to attach the seam to the inside of the box.

To embellish the card, I die cut several solid colored cardstocks using Lawn Fawn Stitched Square Frame. I customized my sentiment using stamps from Neat and Tangled, and My Favorite Things. Since I needed a couple of this sentiment square, I used the Misti Stamping Tool. It was helpful in making the production time quick since I have to heat emboss the sentiments. I adhered this to the inside flap of the box.

For the tag, I die cut the tag from Paper Smooches Gift Tags 2 Dies on the same colored cardstocks I used for the sentiment square. To write the recipient's name, I am using a stamp from the Lawn Fawn Tiny Tag Sayings stamp set. I heat embossed this to the tag. I colored the heart with a Pilot Pastel Pink gel pen. I wrote the name of the recipient using the We R Memory Keepers All In One Freestyle Pen. 

The area to write on is small that writing on it with a foil covering the area is very tricky. I created a stencil to solve this problem. I created an extra tag and cut a hole on the areas where I will be writing on with the use of a craft knife. After I placed the foil on top of the tag, I lined the corner of the stencil tag to the tag. I used the open area as a guide for me to write the recipient's name and my name. 

I attached the tag to the box using a twine. 

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

Maria Giselle B.

Friday, November 22, 2019

Cat Christmas Card

Hello! I created this card to join in Gerda Steiner's Share Your Designs Challenge. I am using a free Gerda Steiner printable image called Kitten Bookmark-Relax A Little. I edited the image, removing the sentiment in the banner and keeping it blank so I can customize my sentiment. I printed the image on Strathmore Bristol Smooth paper. I colored the image using Akashiya Sax watercolor brush pens. I colored the image with my sister's cat, Carlito, as my model. I used the Marvy Snow Marker on the fuzzy areas of the snow hat for some dimension. I also added Ranger Enamel Accent for the eyes.

I painted the banner using Zig Gansai Tambi watercolor. I applied several layers of paint, heating it dry in between layers. I fussy cut the image. I lined the edges with a Memento Tuxedo Black marker for a finished look.

For the sentiment, I die cut letters to form the word joy. I am using Hero Arts Fancy Dies Alpha Uppercase. I die cut each letter several times using Pebbles Merry, Merry patterned papers. I adhered each letter on top of each other for a raised look. I adhered this to the banner area. I added shimmer to these letters using Nuvo Aqua Shimmer Glitter Gloss pen. I added snowflakes to the banner to fill the empty space around the letters, and also for additional shimmer.

Still using the Pebbles Merry, Merry patterned papers, I trimmed one patterned paper at 4 1/4" x 5 1/2". I heat embossed a poinsettia image on this patterned paper using a stamp from Paper Smooches Merry Motifs. The embossing powder is Ranger Holographic embossing powder.

I trimmed a wide strip of peach dotted paper at 2" x 4". I inked the edges with Tim Holtz Abandoned Coral Distress ink. I adhered this to the embossed patterned paper panel. I adhered the cat using foam adhesive for some dimension.

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

Maria Giselle B.

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Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Washi Tape Background Thank You Card

Hello! I have a lot of washi tapes, I am not going to deny that. Ever since washi tape became a rage in the crafting world, I have built my own collection of washi tapes. I have slowed down in my washi tape purchases. Let's just say, I have become more selective on the washi tape I buy.

For this card, I decided to give tribute to my washi tape collection. This card is mostly made of washi tape except for the cardstock and the ephemera. I am using products from Pebbles This Is Family Collection.

I adhered the washi tape on a 5 1/2" x 4 1/4" white cardstock. I started adhering the washi tape on the edges, building the outlines towards the center. Once I've filled the whole cardstock, using a ruler and a craft knife, I cut the corners diagonally. I lifted the seams carefully to be able to remove the excess washi tape. I roll a brayer over the washi tape background to make it better adhere to the cardstock. If you don't have a brayer, you can also run this through a die cut machine.

I added accents to the flower ephemera I've chosen for this card. I used copic markers to add highlights. I also used a Spectrum Noir Clear Sparkle pen to add shimmer to the flowers.

I adhered another washi tape to a strip of cardstock. I adhered the sentiment ephemera to this strip using foam adhesive. I adhered this with liquid glue to the washi tape panel. I then adhered the flower ephemera with double layered foam adhesive for more dimension.

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

Maria Giselle B.

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Monday, November 18, 2019

Birthday Trading Card

I love panda bears! I remember the first time I saw a panda bear at Zoo Atlanta. I was lucky because that year, the zoo has a new born panda bear. This brings me to my image choice for our new challenge at Incy Wincy Designs Challenge Blog. Our challenge theme is Black, White and 1 Other Colour. Our sponsor for this challenge is Oddball Stamp. Co.

I printed the panda images on Neenah Solar White cardstock. I fussy cut the images leaving a thin white border around it.

I die cut four pieces of Strathmore watercolor paper using a 3x4 stitched die from the Mama Elephant Peek A Frame Creative Cuts die set. I taped this on a board so I can watercolor on it. I used Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolor for the washed color background. I heat set this to dry. I added another layer of color until I was happy with the result.

Using the Misti Stamping Tool, I stamped my sentiments to the watercolored panels. I am using sentiments from the Mama Elephant Make A Wish Stamp set. Using the Misti is very helpful in stamping this big sentiment to a textured paper. It allowed me to re-stamp the image on the exact place. I stamped the yellow watercolored panel with Versafine Onyx Black ink, embossing this with black embossing powder. As for the other colors, I stamped these panels with a coordinating color from Tim Holtz Distress Oxide. I stamped this with Versamark ink as the last layer, and heat embossed this with Hero Arts Embossing powder except for the blue. I used Wow! Primary Blue Topaz embossing powder for this blue panel.

I colored the hearts of the panda bear with the coordinating color of the panel using Pentel gel pens. I added white lines to the eyes using a white Sakura Gelli Roll pen. I also added cheek blushes to the panda bears using Copic markers.



These trading cards are ready to be given away. My son loves giving this kind of cards to his classmates and friends that is why I made a bunch of it. It can also be used as a centerpiece to a card.

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

Maria Giselle B.

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Friday, November 15, 2019

Gnome Christmas Card

Hello! I am so glad I am off work tonight that I was able to create a card to participate on a challenge that I often miss.

I see gnomes frequently this Christmas season so I thought of using my newly acquired stamp set for this challenge. I stamped the image several times, on Neenah Solar White cardstock and different patterned papers from Lawn Fawn Knit Picky 6x6 pad. I used Memento Tuxedo Black ink for stamping. I colored the face, hands, beard and belt of the gnome using Copic marker. I fussy cut the images. This is a good way of using my scraps since I strategically stamped the image on the patterned paper. I lined the sides of the fussy cut images with a Memento Tuxedo Black ink marker. I paper piece this to the stamped gnome on the white cardstock.

Working on the background, I am using the LF Outside In Stitched Scalloped die. I die cut two blue cardstocks and a white cardstock using this die. I created the slopes using the LF Stitched Hillside Borders die.

For the back panel, I created the snow using the LF Ready, Set, Snow Shaker Add-on. I die cut a glittered paper for this. I used the positive die cut to adhere the snow die cuts adding extra snow circles to the empty areas.

I adhered the left-over die cut of the blue slope on a double adhesive tape. I trimmed this off, leaving me with a piece that will fit the blue slope that I will be using for the scene. I adhered this to that slope, then poured LF Chunky Glitter to this area. I burnished the glitter to the adhesive but somehow I end up having lots of loose glitter on my work space, and on me.

For the white snow slope, I heat embossed a sentiment from LF Frosty Fairy Friends stamp set. I stamped this using Versafine Onyx Black ink, poured clear embossing powder to the area, then heat embossed it.

I layered this scene panel on a LF Knit Picky patterned paper. I added a white pompom to the top of the gnome's hat to give it more a feel of Christmas. I also applied Tonic Aqua Shimmer pen to the gnome's hat.

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

Maria Giselle B.

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Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Cricut Soccer Coach Thank You Card

My son's soccer season ended this past week. One of the moms organized a collection for a gift for the coach. I volunteered to create the card for the coach.

I created this card with the help of Cricut Design Space. I cut the soccer ball three times using white card stock. Unfortunately, I ended up with only two successful cuts since my mat wasn't sticky enough that the paper moved during the cutting process. Lesson learned and to pass along, when your project involves intricate cuts, make sure your cutting mat is sticky.

I colored the positive cut of the soccer with a black Wink of Stella. I adhered this on top of the other positive cut soccer ball cut.

For the panel, using CDS, I re-sized this at 4" x 5 1/4". I positioned the sentiment where I want it. I used the We R Memory Keepers Foil Quill pen to draw the letters on a blue foil.

I am using a yellow cardstock for the cardbase. Before I adhered the sentiment panel, I adhered gold washi tape to the yellow cardstock, where it will show through the white sentiment panel.

After I adhered the white sentiment panel, I adhered the soccer ball. I puzzle pieced the negative cuts of the soccer ball. I thought of just putting this to use rather than throwing it.

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

Maria Giselle B.

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

First Recollection Card

Hello. My 2nd Grader is reaching a milestone in his religious life this Thursday. He will have his first Confession. As part of the preparation, we were asked to make him an encouragement letter. I created this card for him.

The digital cut images are from the Silhouette Design Store, the Ornate Christian Cross Card and the First Communion Boy Box. After I uploaded the images to the Cricut Design Space, I modified the size of the card to an A2 size. I only used the boy cut on the boy box.

I cut the intricate background three times. I sprayed one of the background cuts and the cross with WPlus9 Shimmer Pure Color Spray. I set this aside to dry. Once the background cut is dry, I adhered this on top of the other background cuts for a stacked look.

The boy digital cut is a layered cut. Using the CDS, I welded the layers to create a solid boy cut to create a backer for the layers. I die cut the layers using different colored cardstock. I had the CDS draw the face using a black marker. I traced this lines with a Black Sakura Glaze pen for dimension. I also used Copic markers to add shadowing to the boy's suit and the hands.

I embossed the left over negative oval cut from the background using a We R Memory Keepers Next Level embossing folder. I adhered this to a light blue 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" cardstock. I tucked the boy to the bottom of the window.

For the sentiment, I used the Honey Bee Prayer and Bless Your Heart stamp sets to create a customized sentiment. I stamped this on a banner cut with the Lawn Fawn Fancy Folded Banner die. I stamped this with a light blue dye ink. I adhered this with a transparent dimensional tape on the front of the cross.

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

Maria Giselle B.

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Fall-Themed Card

Hello! I am late in posting for Incy Wincy Designs Challenge. The theme is on Animals. When I started working on this image, I wasn't sure how it is going to end. When I encounter difficulties like this, I look up the image online and study it. I printed the image on Neenah Solar White Cardstock. I colored the image with Prismacolor pencils.

I am using a Fall line from Simple Stories called Autumn Splendor, which I won from IG Simple Stories. I used the patterned paper from the 6x8 paper pad. I also used the stencil, the stamp and the ephemera pack for this card. I heat embossed some of the stamps on the background panel. I used a Ranger Copper embossing powder for this. I matte the colored image with one of the patterned paper. I lightly ran the Versamark ink pad to the edge of the paper that will matte the colored image. I poured the same copper embossing powder to the edges, then heat set it.

I cut a wide strip from the same red patterned paper I used for the matte. I positioned the stencil and applied Wendy Vecchi clear embossing paste to the open areas. After I lifted the stencil off the paper, I poured Judikins Iridescent Sparkle embossing powder to the embossing paste. I set this to dry before heat setting it.

For the sentiment, I took a sentiment die cut from the ephemera pack. I cut a slightly bigger circle using a red pearl cardstock. I adhered the sentiment circle to this. I drew a line on top and under the sentiment using a Sakura white gelly roll pen.

I adhered the elements to the stamped patterned paper panel starting with the thick strip. I adhered the matted colored digital image using foam tape. I positioned this slightly to the right of the panel to have enough space for the circle sentiment.

Thank you for visiting my blog. Please join us in our latest challenge. I can't wait to see what you create. Have a blessed, brilliant and creative day!

Maria Giselle B.

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Friday, November 1, 2019

Halloween Crafts

Hello! I hope you had a safe and enjoyable Halloween yesterday. I have a delayed Halloween post of the crafts I made for this occasion.

I created magnets for my 2nd Grader's class. For the first time, the school did not have a Halloween party. My son gave this to his classmates ahead of time since they are off school the day before Halloween. I used a ghost image from Cricut Simply Charmed Cartridge. This is a layered cut. I omitted some of the cuts and minimized it to two layers. I cut the top layer using the Cricut Holographic Vinyl in blue and pink. I cut the bottom layer using black cardstock, cutting 3 of this layer per vinyl cut. I adhered this black ghost cut on top of each other. I adhered the vinyl cut on top of the black ghost cut. I added Nuvo Glow In The Dark Drops for the eyes. I adhered the magnet to the back using a glue gun.

I created my own wrapping paper by stamping images from Lawn Fawn Spooktacular stamp set. I stamped the images on kraft paper. I used the Misti Stamping Tool. I rotated the paper as I stamped each corner with these images until all four corners are stamped. I applied double adhesive tape to the inside of the kraft paper. I lined the corners then closed the sides to create a pouch like gift bag. I punched a hole on the top. I threaded a twine through this hole. I added a sentiment banner. I knotted the ends of the twine. I adhered spider sequins to the end of the twine.

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

Maria Giselle B.