Saturday, August 29, 2020

New Craft Stash #5: Stamp, Die and Embossing Powder

Hello! I am back with another New Craft Stash post. In this post, I am using three new products all at one time. I am featuring Trinity Stamps 3x4 Folded Hug Stamp, TS Sending Hugs Die Set and Wow! Jealous Guy embossing powder.

The sketch I am using on this card is inspired by the latest My Favorite Things Sketch Challenge.

I created a chevron background by stamping a Lawn Fawn Chevron Backdrops repeatedly on a green cardstock using Versamark ink. I heat emboss this with the Wow! Jealous Guy embossing powder. I used a powder tool to prevent stray embossing powder from sticking to places that I don't want it to. I am also using the Misti Stamping Tool so I can align the zigzag patterns and also be able to re-stamp if I need to.

I stamped the Trinity Stamps 3x4 Folded Hug Stamp on a light blue cardstock. The stamp came with corner designs that I masked off since I am going for a masculine card. I selectively inked the sentiment stamp, trying to avoid the bold hug sentiment since I will be covering this later. I pour white embossing powder to the stamped sentiment then heat embossed it. I made this into a fish tailed banner by die cutting the tip  using a die from the Avery Elle A Tag For All Elle-ments set. I trimmed some off the side edges. I added stitched lines to the fish tail and top edges of the banner using a die from Lawn Fawn Stitched Border die set.

I die cut the word hug from the TS Sending Hugs Die Set on the same blue cardstock. I pounced the Versamark ink pad on the top half of the letters. I poured Wow! Silver Pearl Embossing powder to this inked area then heat set it. For the bottom half, instead of Versamark ink, I used the Wow! Mixed Media Embossing Brush. I poured Wow! Midas Touch embossing powder to this area. This embossing powder has some big chunks of glitter so I figured the mixed media will work better on this powder. I heated my tool first before zapping the powder, starting on the back of the letter. Once I saw the powder melting, I moved my heat tool to the front of the letter.

To complete the sketch, I adhered some striped washi tape on a white cardstock strip. I trimmed it to create varying widths of strips. Adhering the washi tape to a cardstock makes the washi tape less transparent so its design will pop out on an already busy background.

I adhered the strips to the chevron background panel. I adhered the banner next, adding foam tape more towards the fish tail edge.

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

Maria Giselle B.

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Shaped Tag Using Cricut

Hello! My sons are back to school but all of them are doing virtual learning. My 3rd grader's homeroom teacher is celebrating her birthday today. Since it has only been a week since they started  school, not to forget the current restrictions, there is really no chance for our homeroom parents to plan something for her. So my son & I planned a little something to make her feel special on her day especially during these times.

I am using a free layered apple cut in Cricut Design Space. I wanted to write the sentiment on the top layer using the We R Memory Keepers Foil Quill and do some embossing. I attached the letters to the top apple layer cut. I cut an extra bottom apple layer cut, the whole apple with the leaf, but I flipped this horizontally so I can attach a sentiment and the date using the We R Memory Keepers Foil Quill.

I looked through my cardstock stash to make up the layers of the apple. I transferred two of the layered cuts to another mat to have the Cricut cut three layers in one mat feed. I used the snap mat function of the CDS to be able to move the image to the appropriate colored cardstock. This feature is available only on the CDS app. I enjoy using this feature especially when using my cardstock scrap.

Now, it is time to cut and draw on the top and bottom layers of the apple. Starting off with the top layer, I set up the WRMK Foil Quill. I am using the standard tip pen for Happy Birthday sentiment. I cut the foil a bit larger than the size of the sentiment and taped it to the cardstock. Avoid having the foil touch the stick mat or else you will have foil transferred to your mat. You can fix this by gently scraping it off with a craft knife but if you can avoid having to do it, just make sure the cardstock is larger than the foil.

Back to the project, after the WRMK Foil Quill drew the sentiment, CDS prompted me to change pens. I removed the Quill pen and I changed it to the WRMK Glue pen so I can emboss the recipient's name. I didn't like the look after I heat embossed the teacher's name. It is not smooth looking. I should have used the Ranger Embossing Pen instead. I think the Glue pen works better with glitter than embossing powder.

For the green apple layer, I used the fine tip pen to write the rest of the message.

I adhered the layers and added it to the cupcake packaging using an embroidery floss.

My son's teacher sent a thank you email right away after we delivered her treat to school.

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

Maria Giselle B.

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Wednesday, August 26, 2020

Technique Inspired Greeting Card

Hello! I created this card to participate in Hero Arts Stay Crafty Challenge Creativebug Inspiration. There are lots of techniques taught in this class showcasing Hero Arts products but you can easily substitute this with items you already have. And best of all, this class is free! The technique that I chose is Using stencils with reactive ink and water. I don't have a lot of Hero Arts Reactive Ink. In fact, I only have one, the Sea Salt. I am using Tim Holtz Distress Oxide inks instead. 

On a 6" x 5 1/2" Bristol paper, I blended several inks in this order, Cracked Pistachio, Abandoned Coral, Wilted Violet, Worn Lipstick, Lucky Clover, Peeled Paint and Faded Jeans. 

I sprayed some iCraft Pixie Spray on the Hero Arts Zigzag Pattern Stencil and placed it on top of the blended panel. On an empty box, I sprayed the stenciled panel with pearlized water. I gave this a good spritz but not too much that the water will seep underneath the stencil. Before lifting up the stencil, I patted this dry with a paper towel.

I die cut this panel using a stitched rectangle die from Mama Elephant Peek A Frame Creative Cuts. 

For the sentiment, I am using the Hero Arts Hello Stamp and Cut. I heat embossed the sentiment on a black strip of cardstock using Hero Arts white embossing powder. I die cut the hello on black cardstock. I applied Zig Wink of Stella clear brush to this die cut. I adhered this to a vellum and cut around the sentiment die cut leaving a border around it. What is so great about doing this technique of creating a sentiment outline using vellum is that once you are done on one end of the sentiment, you can flip the vellum with the wrong side up to cut around the rest of the sentiment without the risk of over cutting.

I adhered this to the colored panel. I added some clear drops for some added interest.

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

Maria Giselle B.

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Friday, August 21, 2020

Scrapbook Lay-out, Craft My Stash #3

Hello! Welcome to another Craft My Stash. My creative prompt for today is to create a scrapbook layout using my eldest son's yearbook photos. This is a long, overdue layout since he graduated high school for more than a year now. 

The craft stash that I used on this layout are:

  • The scrapbook page I am using is already pre-made by me during a make and take event at Archiver's. I used the colors on the patterned paper to help me coordinate the rest of the elements I used for the lay-out. 
  • For the title of the lay-out, I used dies from Paper Smooches (Congratulations die) and Hero Arts (Fancy Dies Alpha Uppercase). The number stamp is from Paper Smooches Digits stamp set
  • I used Recollections photo corners for this photo.
  • I added a Maggie Holmes Flea Market photo overlay over this close-up photo. 

  • I used my typewriter

  • I cut up the books from a 6x6 patterned paper from Doodlebug Designs The Graduate paper pad. I also used this patterned paper collection on the matte of the typed accomplishments and the graduate die cut. 
I really enjoyed creating this scrapbook lay-out. It reminded me of my beginnings as a paper crafter. Doing this as one of my Craft My Stash posts allowed me to see what I have as I rummage through my stash, and it gave me an idea on what to use in my next Craft My Stash post. 

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

Maria Giselle B.

Thursday, August 20, 2020

Hand Embroidered Birthday Card

Hello! Altenew has a a Sewing Challenge at their blog. I got excited about this challenge since I loved to sew before I shifted to paper crafting.

I was first planning to cross stitch an image. I stamped the images on a grid paper to create a cluster of images. I am using the Altenew Hennah Elements. I don't have a program that converts images to a cross stitch pattern so I shifted my plan to doing hand embroidery instead. 

I am using some left over cross stitching cloth. I transferred the image to the cloth using a graphite paper. I stitched the images using DMC thread. I listed the colors I used and the kind of stitches I made at the end of this post. 

It took me about two weeks to finish the embroidery. I took breaks in between since hand sewing strains my hand and my eyes. Also, at the beginning, I was unsure of where my design is going. But I just could not give up with the idea so I kept stitching. I did not have an embroidery hoop when I started this project. I thought I won't be needing one but having one surely made the embroidery easier.

To create this into a card, I cut a Simple Stories woodgrain patterned paper to 5 1/2" x 4 /14". I die cut an oval opening using a Hero Arts Nesting Oval die. Using the same oval die, I die cut a fun foam which I adhered to the back of the cloth to keep the cloth straightened and also pop it out of the oval window opening. I adhered this to a top folding horizontal kraft cardstock. 

I created an oval frame of kraft cardstock using the same oval die and the next smaller sized oval die.

For the sentiment, I stamped the Altenew Label Love sentiment on kraft cardstock using Tim Holtz Vintage Photo Distress Oxide. To make the greeting pop, I traced the letters using Sakura Yellow Souffle pen. To mute down the color of the pen, I blended ink on the stamped label sentiment. I die cut more strips of kraft cardstock and adhered this to the back of the sentiment label. I adhered this to the bottom of the stitched image. 

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

Maria Giselle B.

yellow flower: 744, 741, 3853; straight stitch, woven wheel stitch, french knot stitch
red flower: 349, 742, 368; straight stitch, detached chain stitch, bullion stitch
leaf: 368, 320; straight stitch
accents: 319, 3753; stem stitch, detached chain stitch, back stitch

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Monday, August 17, 2020

Glitter Paste on Glitter Paper

Hello! We have a new challenge at Incy Wincy Designs. Our challenge theme is on Mermaids and/or Sea Colours. Our sponsor for this challenge is Oddball Art Co. I am featuring Molly The Mischievous Mermaid image.

I thought I will not make it to the deadline for this challenge. I was having problems printing the image. I tried our other printer and it will still not print the image on a cardstock. It will only print the image on regular typing paper. Good thing I was able to print it using the Cricut Design Space.

I colored the image with Copic markers and Prismacolor color pencils. I had difficulty coloring the image because of the light lines of the print out. When I encounter this type of problem, I look for a colored version of the supplied image in the internet. This helps a lot in guiding me how to color the image.

I added details to the image using Sakura Souffle pens. I added a die cut star and several star sequins.

For the panel, I cut a lavender glitter cardstock to 4 1/4" x 5 1/2". I created a scale stencil using the Cricut machine and the Cricut vinyl stencil. I positioned the glitter cardstock underneath the stencil. I mixed up some Wenci Vecchi translucent textured paste with Tim Holtz Distress Oxides in Picked Raspberry & Salty Ocean. I applied this to the stencil to create a gradient look. For the bottom of the panel, I added Cosmic Shimmer Antique Rose Kiss. I removed the stencil and set this to dry. I wiped off the paste from the stencil using a baby wipe. I adhered the stencil back to the release paper so I can use it again on a future project.

I die cut the image using a Hero Arts Nested Oval die. I created an oval frame on a dark purple cardstock using the same oval die and the next smallest size oval die. I adhered this to the panel with the image. I inked the edges with a purple dye ink to cover the white paper core.

I stamped the sentiment using Memento Tuxedo Black ink. The sentiment stamp is from My Favorite Things Mason Jar Labels stamp set. I used the Misti Stamping Tool in stamping the sentiment so I can repeatedly stamp the sentiment until I get a crisp impression.

I adhered this to the center of the stenciled glitter panel, then adhered it to a top folding note card.

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.

Sunday, August 9, 2020

New Craft Stash #4: Clear Stickers

Hello! I am continuing my series on featuring a new item in my stash. For this post, I am using the Altenew Live Your Dream clear stickers which I got free from a recent Altenew purchase. I used to collect stickers as a child. I would put them in notebooks and letters to friends. In the age of technology, I found less use for stickers.

I am participating in Altenew's latest color/sketch challenge. For the main panel, I created a tone on tone diagonal background by die cutting the music staff die from Altenew Treble Love die set on the same colored cardstock. You would have not known, right? This is one way of extending the use of this die. I used the negative cut to evenly space the lines. I adhered this on the mint panel using liquid adhesive. After this has dried, I trimmed off the excess.

I die cut the dark green cardstock with Lawn Fawn Stitched Square Stackables die. I also embossed the next smaller size of stitched die. For the focal point, I adhered the stickers on a white cardstock and fussy cut it, using the edge of the sticker as guide. On the other hand, after I adhered the dark pink flower on the white cardstock, I fussy cut this right on the edge of the flower since I was going to layer this on the big flower. I inked the edges of this flower with Tim Holtz Picked Raspberry to hide the white core of the cardstock. I adhered the large flower to the dark green stitched square die cut using foam adhesive. I added the leaves after. I added the smaller flower with foam adhesive. I adhered a pearl on the center of the flower.

For the gray thick strip, I stamped the sentiments from Altenew Happy Birthday stamp set and Altenew Label Love stamp set using a dark gray die ink. For the shadow of the Happy, I used Hero Arts Sea Foam Reactive ink. I traced the letters on the stamped label with a silver gel pen.

I adhered the strip to the mint panel, then adhered the dark green panel to complete the sketch.

Thank you for visiting my blog. I truly enjoyed following the sketch to come up with this card. Have a blessed, brilliant and creative day!

Maria Giselle B.

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Saturday, August 8, 2020

My Son's Coloring

Hello! My youngest son did this a while back and I only get to post it now. Thanks to his persistence in reminding me. The images he chose are from Paper Smooches using Kari markers for coloring. He has a short blurb below the photo.

"Hi, guys! This is Ryan. I am 8 years old and I will be showing you images that I colored. One is my stuff animal, Josie, from Toy Story 4. Hope you like it!"

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

Maria Giselle B.

Sunday, August 2, 2020

Sketch Inspired Shaker Card

Hello! We have a new challenge at Incy Wincy Designs Challenge Blog. I am the author of this challenge. I also came up with the challenge theme. We are trying a triple choice approach this time. I did not have a particular challenge theme so I made suggestions to our blog moderator, Heather. Instead of choosing one theme, she decided to use all three themes for this challenge for a change. Use one, combine two or better yet, use all to create a card! And that is exactly what I did. Not to forget, this is the first time I created a sketch for a challenge. The other two themes are magical and interactive.

For this card, I am using the image from our sponsor, My Besties Shop. I printed this on Neenah Solar White cardstock. I colored the image with Copic markers and Prismacolor color pencils. I had a little bit of an exercise for my aging eyes since I printed this on a smaller scale. Good thing, I have my reading glasses to help me out. I added details to the image using my gel pen stash and Spectrum Noir clear shimmer pen. I fussy cut the image afterwards. 

To create the interactive part while following the sketch, I temporarily taped the patterned paper and a gold shimmer pearl cardstock together so I can die cut a circle window at the center. I adhered a transparency on the back of the window panel using double adhesive tape. I adhered foam tape on this back side.

I adhered a clear thread to the back of the digital image. I positioned the digital image on the center of the clear window, print side down, I adhered the ends of the thread to the foam adhesive. I poured star sequins to the well created by the foam tape, closing it up with a white pearl shimmer cardstock. If I will re-create this project, I would be blending ink on this shimmer cardstock for some added interest. 

To complete the card, I adhered this to a top folding white note card. I heat embossed the sentiment on the same patterned paper using Wow! Gold Rich embossing powder. The sentiment is from Paper Smooches Magical Sampler stamp set. I cut this into a strip and adhered this to the bottom right of the card panel, just like in the sketch. I drew in straight lines using a silver gel pen.

I created a circle frame for the shaker window by die cutting a patterned paper with the Simon Says Stamp Circle Stiched die and a My Favorite Things Circle Stax die. I brushed this frame with Spectrum Noir shimmer pen. I adhered this to the window, making sure it is lined up.

The digital image slides from side to side as you shake the 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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