Saturday, November 28, 2020

Scrapbook Lay Out Using A Card Kit (Craft My Stash #7)


Hello! Are you a card kit subscriber? I am always tempted to subscribe to a card kit but I have fears of not being able to commit to it that I end up with months of untouched supplies. I have purchased maybe two card kits in my whole crafting life. The one I am using here is a Simon Says Stamps card kit that I have managed to keep in its original box except for the stamp set, which I have already used and placed it together with my other stamp sets. This is what I am featuring in this Craft My Stash post.

I have a Hallmark photo album and I ran out of the clear page protectors. I am left with the magnetic album refills which is standard to the photo album when I bought the album. The magnetic album refill measures 9" x 12". I trimmed my cardstock to 8 3/4" x 11 3/4" so I have some space to adhere the protective film to the magnetic sheet. The only setback with using magnetic album refills in scrapbooking is that adding dimension to the lay out can be a challenge when replacing the clear plastic film to the magnet. 

My photos are 3" x 4". The paper that comes with the kit is a 6x6 patterned paper pad from Pebbles. Instead of matting the photos with two different patterned papers, I cut a 6x6 patterned paper into half diagonally. I adhered each triangular half to a corner of a photo. 

Below are more close-up photos of the lay out and a brief description of the cluster of embellishments.

These strips are originally sized at 3" x 3" and a part of a cut apart sheet. Using a craft knife, I carefully cut the sentiments to create these strips.

I die cut another cut apart sheet using a Simon Says Stamp This Is The Life Frames cut die which cuts both the label and the outline frame. Since this sentiment is my main sentiment for this lay out, to make it stand out, I die cut a solid green cardstock for the outline frame. 

The card kit comes with these leaf sequins which I tucked underneath a gold foiled butterfly sticker that is also in the kit. I die cut a green cardstock using a scallop edged die from the Mama Elephant Borderline Trios Creative Cuts.

The numbers in this photo are a part of an alphabet/number patterned paper sheet which can be used as is or use the numbers to highlight a year.

I added a bit of journaling to complete the memory. I really enjoyed creating another scrapbook lay out that I can add to my album. I should really do more of this. I just need to learn how to print my photos in a smaller scale using my printer.

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

Maria Giselle B.

Thursday, November 26, 2020

Watercolored Star Die Cut Christmas Card

Hello! I created this card to join in this month's Altenew's Inspiration Challenge. I am using the following Altenew products:

  • Halftone Stars Nesting Die Set
  • Happy Birthday To You Stamp Set
  • Happy Halftone Stamp Set
  • String Art Rectangles Die Set
I die cut the stars on Strathmore watercolor paper. I used Tim Holtz Distress Oxide in Lucky Clover and Candied Apple to add color to the die cut stars. To do this, I pounced the ink pad on a craft sheet, spritz it with pearlized water, then pressed the die cut to the pool of water. I heat set the stars and picked up more of the ink on the craft sheet for a bit of textured look. 

I added pierced holes to the stars for stitching. To add the pierced holes, I ran one of the String Art Rectangle dies through my die cut machine on a scrap strip of cardstock. I lined this pierced strip of cardstock to the stars then poked the holes through it with the use of a craft pick to create the stitching holes on the stars. I am using a DMC Diamant Metallic Thread in Red Ruby and Emerald Green. I adhered the outline stars on top of each other.

For the background panel, I added a heavy coat of Gansai Tambi Watercolor Prussian Blue. I added several coats, drying it with a heat tool in between coats. For the final coat, I added Coliro Pearl Deep Space Watercolor. I splattered Finetec Sterling Silver Watercolor to the panel then set this aside to dry. I trimmed this to a 5 1/4" x 4" panel. I adhered this to a top folding horizontal white note card.

For the sentiment, I heat embossed this with Wow! Pearl Gold embossing powder on white cardstock. I adhered this to the panel. I then adhered the stars.

For the center of the stars, I die cut a gold vellum. I pinched the stars on the points to make it look dimensional. I pieced this into the open center of the stars, adhering it with foam adhesive and adding a tiny dot of liquid adhesive to the points of the stars. As last step, I added dots of Nuvo Crystal Drops Metallic Bright Gold to the background panel. 

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

Maria Giselle B.

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Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Thankful Card (New Craft Stash #8: Stamp Set)

Hello! I am featuring the Sugar Pea Designs Floral Envie stamp set in my New Craft Stash series. This stamp set includes a large floral envelope stamp which I used on this card.

I stamped the image on a dark brown Tim Holtz Idea-ology Subtrate Sheet using Versamark ink. I poured Altenew Peach embossing powder to the stamped image then heat set it. I colored the image with Faber Castell Polychromos color pencils, adding pearlized pigment to the flowers for some shimmer. I fussy cut the image leaving a small border around it.

My card panel was inspired by the Sugar Pea Designs Mix It Up Challenge. I chose neutral colored patterned papers from a Basic Grey Hipster 6x6 paper pad. I used the Simon Says Stamp Wavy Scallop Stitches die to add the wave border to two of the patterned papers. To mute down the floral patterned paper, I adhered a vellum in between the scalloped patterned papers. 

I die cut a banner on vellum using Lawn Fawn Fancy Folded Banners. I heat embossed one of the sentiments in the stamp set on this banner die cut using Ranger Copper embossing powder. I adhered the bannder using Kool Tak clear foam tape. 

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! This year is a very challenging year for a lot of people but I hope that we find in our hearts to be thankful for even the smallest things in our lives. I believe that there is sun after the rain, or in this case, a storm. 

I am thankful for you for your taking time to visit my blog. Have a blessed, brilliant and creative day! 

Maria Giselle B.

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Thursday, November 19, 2020

In-Lay Cut Greeting Card

Hello! I created this card to join Newton's Nook's latest blog challenge on Favorite NND Stamp Set. My favorite NND stamp set is Newton's Book Club stamp set. This stamp set is one of my first purchased NND stamp sets. I bought this stamp set for my sister because she loves to read and she has a lot of cats. I usually color Newton the cat with one of her cats as the model. For today's cat, I am coloring it with Kenny, my sister's only yellow cat, as the model. 

I stamped the image on Neenah Solar White cardstock with Memento Tuxedo Black ink. I colored the image with Copic markers then color pencils for the details and for some re-touching. I fussy cut the image leaving a small white border around it.

For the card front panel, I die cut a purple patterned paper using a stitched rectangular frame from the Mama Elephant Peek A Frame Creative Cuts die set. I die cut a square window using the Concord & 9th Love You So Die. I am also die cutting the word 'love' from the same die set to this panel. To help out with the alignment, I stamped the coordinating stamp to the area with Versamark ink, poured embossing powder over it, then heat set it. You don't have to emboss it but I just found it easier to line up the metal dies to the embossed letters especially since I am using a dark colored paper.

I die cut the same letters on a lighter colored patterned paper. I die cut a square patterned paper using the die I used to die cut the window. I applied tape to the back of the panel, right around the area where the letters are. I pieced in the letters. I added details to the flourish design of the patterned paper using a metallic blue gel pen. I added flicks of white ink and set this to dry.

For the square cut patterned paper, I stamped the sentiment using Versafine Onyx Black ink. I poured clear embossing powder to the area then heat set it. 

I adhered the panel to a white top folding note card. I pieced in the square cut patterned paper. I adhered the image with foam adhesive. I added Ranger Glossy Accents to the glasses.

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

Maria Giselle B.

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Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Snowflake Slim Card

Hello! I created a card to join in Hero Arts Stay Crafty Challenge. The challenge theme is Slimline Holiday Cards. 

I die cut the snowflakes using different glittered and shimmery paper from a DCWV Solid Silvers 6x6 paper pad. I adhered the snowflakes on top of each other. 

For the card panel, I cut a gray cardstock at 8 1/2" x 3". I embossed this with a snowflake embossing folder. The embossing folder is not long enough to emboss this long gray cardstock. To be able emboss the rest of the panel, I rotated the embossing folder 90-degrees, lining up the embossed design already on the gray cardstock panel to the snowflake design on the embossing folder. After which, I misted this panel with Perfect Pearl diluted in water. I set this aside to dry.

I also die cut a dark blue cardstock at 8 1/2" x 3 1/2". I adhered the gray embossed cardstock panel to this blue cardstock with a little bit of the blue peeking out on the top. I heat embossed the sentiment from the Hero Arts Holiday Sayings stamp set on the bottom of the panel. I heat embossed this using HA white embossing powder. 

I adhered the snowflakes to the gray embossed cardstock panel. I added Pretty Pink Posh jewels to the snowflake. 

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

Maria Giselle B.

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Monday, November 16, 2020

Christmas Gift Card Holder Tag


Hello! We have a new challenge at Incy Wincy Designs Challenge Blog. The theme for this challenge is Pockets Or Tags. I created a two in one for this challenge, a pocket and tag in one. 

My patterned paper is from Pebbles Merry, Merry collection. I die cut a tag using solid green and dotted green patterned papers from the collection. The tag die is from Avery Elle A Tag For All Elle-ments die. I partially die cut the green paper which will serve as the pocket. Since I cut off the top portion of the tag, I lost the stitching detail on that end of the rectangle. To add stitching to this end, I positioned this end on the rectangle edge of the die then ran it again through the die cut machine. 

I embellished this panel first before assembling it into a pocket. I heat embossed the sentiments using Simon Says Stamp Believe stamp set. I have not used these stamp sentiments before. I did not notice that these two sentiment stamps have a defect on it. The 'e' on the believe and the 'h' on the small 'the' and 'Christmas' are not the same height as the rest of the letters. So no matter how much re-stamping I did using the Misti, these parts of the sentiment won't leave an inked impression. To connect the letters, I used a Versamark pen on the bold sentiment. I am not good at lettering so my first try in fixing this letterdid not turn out well. For the thin lettered sentiments, the Versamark pen will not work due to its broad tip. So I used a .5 gold gel pen to write the missing parts of the letter h, then poured the same embossing powder to it. The embossing powder I am using is Wow! Metallic Gold Rich Embossing Powder.

I spritz this panel and also added splatters of gold using Prima Color Bloom Tea Stain Spray Mist. I used the corner of a paper tower to pick up the excess ink and set this aside to dry. 

The image I used is from SheepSki Designs. I printed this on kraft cardstock and colored it with Faber-Castell Polychromos. I fussy cut the image leaving a small border around it. I added details to the snow hat with a red Spectrum Noir Sparkle pen, clear Spetrum Noir Sparkle pen and Wow! White Puff Powder embossing powder. For the eyes, I added white Sakura gel pen and black Sakura Glaze pen. For the nose, I added white Sakura gel pen to the two reindeers on the side, and black Sakura Glaze pen with red Stickles to the dog at the middle. I adhered this to the panel with foam adhesive. 

I die cut another patterned paper from the paper pack using Avery Elle Pierced Mat Elle-ments die. I also die cut a white cardstock using this die. I used the We R Memory Keepers Envelope Notch punch to add slots to insert a gift card. On the white cardstock, I stamped the 'to' and 'from' using Tsukineko Delicata Golden Glitz pigment ink. These stamps are from Paper Smooches Merry Motifs stamp set. I set this aside to dry before adhering it to the back of the red striped patterned paper making sure I avoid putting adhesive on the slots. 

I die cut an extra tag using a green cardstock. I adhered this to the back of the dotted patterned paper to make the tag sturdy. I adhered the panel for the pocket to the front of the tag. I placed extra adhesive to the bottom of this pocket to act as a stopper and allow the gift card holder to show on the front.

I added a kraft hole reinforcer on the tag using a die from Paper Smooches Toppers die set then added a ribbon from my stash. 

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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Saturday, November 14, 2020

Christmas Tree Sun Catcher, Craft My Stash #6

Hello! For today's Craft My Stash, I am using the following products:
  • Lawn Fawn Knit Picky 6x6 Patterned Paper
  • Lawn Fawn Fancy Lattice Background die
  • Lawn Fawn Gold Sparkle Single Cord Trimmings
I die cut the tree on a green patterned paper. I die cut the ornaments on a red patterned paper. And, I die cut the star on a gray patterned paper, all from the LF Knit Picky 6x6 patterned paper. I used the Lawn Fawn Stitched Christmas Tree Frames die. 

I die cut a green vellum using the LF Fancy Lattice Background die. I adhered this to the back of one of the Christmas tree die cuts. I adhered the other Christmas tree die cut to the back, making sure that both the tree frames are aligned. I cut off the excess on the sides. I adhered the red ornaments, adhering the same sized ornament to the other side of the tree.

I applied a coat of Tonic Clear Aqua Shimmer to the ornaments and Tonic Midas Touch Aqua Shimmer to the stars. I adhered the twine on the top of the tree with a strong liquid adhesive. I covered this with two stars, adhered on each side of the tree. 

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

Maria Giselle B.

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Thursday, November 12, 2020

Nativity Scene Card

Hello! I created this card to join in Honey Bee Stamps Facebook Challenge on Traditional Holiday Designs. 

I modified the stamp image from the Honey Bee Christ Is Born stamp set by taking off some of the elements included in the large nativity stamp set. I could have used the house in the stamp but I already cut the dark blue house that backs the roof and the beams cuts. I did not want the time, effort and resource put to waste. 

Another modification I made is to stamp the star a bit farther from the house. To be able to do this, I masked the rays on the stamp to avoid inking it with Versamark ink. 

Creating the rays is the most courageous part of creating this card since I foiled this part. Luckily, it did not turn out too bad despite some imperfection.

I also modified the ground of the manger, extending it on the sides to cover the whole panel of the vertical card. 

This scene reminds me of our cardboard stand-up nativity scene at the Philippines which I grew up to, propping it under our Christmas tree. We don't have our own nativity scene here in St. Louis. It sure is nice to have one.

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

Maria Giselle B.

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Friday, November 6, 2020

New Craft Stash #7: Stamp & Paper Pack

Hello! My featured new products in this post are Newton's Nook Birthday Roundabout stamp set and Simple Stories Magical Birthday Paper Pack. I created this card to join the latest Newton's Nook Design's Blog Challenge which features a sketch. 

I started off by stamping the roundabout birthday stamp on Neenah Solar White cardstock. The colors of the paper pack guided me in coloring the small images in this stamp. I used Copic markers.

I die cut a scallop frame using the the smallest die from the Pretty Pink Posh Scallop Circles die. I initially die cut this using a patterned paper from the pack but I changed my mind and just went with a white scallop circle frame. I colored this frame with a Copic marker. I added some glitter to this circle frame by painting it with Wow! Mixed Media Embossing Brush. I poured Judikins Iridescent Sparkle embossing powder to it then heat set it. So as not to waste the other scallop circle die cut, I adhered this to the back of the colored scallop frame for some dimension.

I die cut the colored stamped birthday panel using a My Favorite Things Circle Stax die. I chose a circle slightly smaller than the scallop circle frame. I adhered the scallop circle frame on top of the colored panel.

I used one of the sentiments in the stamp set for the greeting. I stamped the sentiment on one of the patterned papers using Versafine Onyx Black ink. I embossed it using clear embossing powder. I made this into a banner. 

I die cut a striped patterned paper using the Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangle die. I trimmed a pink patterned paper into 2". I die cut the bottom edge of this wide strip with Mama Elephant Borderlines Trio Creative Cuts. I added stitching holes to this wide strip using the Altenew String Art Rectangles dies. I added a running stitch to these holes using a white embroidery floss. 

I adhered this wide strip diagonally to the striped patterned paper panel to follow the sketch. I added a scallop border sticker which is also from the paper pack. I adhered the circle focal paint with fun foam for dimension. I adhered the sentiment banner. I adhered this panel to a top folding pink A2 note card. I added some Pretty Pink Posh gems, and Wink of Stella to the birthday cake and to the banner sentiment.

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

Maria Giselle B.

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Wednesday, November 4, 2020

Vellum Christmas Crystal Ornaments Card


Hello! I created this card to take part in Hero Arts' Blog Challenge. I am using the Hero Arts Christmas Crystals stamp set. I first stamped the crystals on a 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" typing paper to allow me to visualize how the cluster of crystals will look. I lined each crystal stamp to this template then stamped each crystal with Tim Holtz Weathered Wood Distress Ink using the Misti Stamping Tool. I am using a red cardstock cut at 4 1/4" x 5 1/2". I painted these crystals at first but with the type of vellum I used, it wasn't showing through the vellum. So I changed gears with this card. Remember the template I created? I made this into a stencil. With the use of a craft knife, I cut off the crystals which is not too hard at all since the crystals have straight edges. I lined this made up stencil to the stamped crystals. I applied Deco Foil Transfer Gel to the open area of the stencil. I removed the stencil and set this aside to dry. 

After the transfer gel has dried, I covered the gelled areas with scrap pieces of foil. I sandwiched this inside a folded parchment paper and an extra piece of cardstock. I fed this through the Minc Machine. 

I added some stitch detailing to this red cardstock by die cuttting it with Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangular Wafer die.

I treated a piece of Clearprint heavy vellum with an anti-static tool. I stamped the crystals using Versamark ink. I poured Wow! Glitter Midas Touch embossing powder to this, then heat set it. I fussy cut the crystals. I watercolored the crystals using Finetec Pearl Colors Metallic Golds. I set this aside to dry, putting something heavy on top of it to control the warping. I added adhesive to these vellum crystals using a Sticker Maker. I then adhered this to the red cardstock making sure I lined the cut up crystal to the glittered crystal on the cardstock. I threaded a silver floss through the top of the crystals and taped this to the back of the cardstock. I created bows using the same thread then adhered this to the top of the crystals.

For the sentiment, I heat embossed this using HA White embossing powder. The sentiment is from the HA Holiday Sayings.

I adhered this to a top folding A2 note card. The vellum crystals remind me of the Capiz shells in the Philippines.

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

Maria Giselle B. 

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