Monday, May 17, 2021

Create A Background With Die Cuts



Hello! We have a new challenge at Incy Wincy Designs. The challenge theme is For A Baby Or Use Balloons Or Sweets. I am using one of the two sponsors for this challenge. 

I printed the image on Hammermill Color Copy Digital Cover. I am trying out this paper for the first time. It is not as thick as Neenah but it is relatively close to Neenah when it comes to coloring with Copic. At first, I was afraid that the paper won't stand up to the amount of alcohol ink I am using specifically on the background. Well, it did.

For the background, I die cut several balloons using a paper weight blue patterned paper. The balloon die is from Sugar Pea Designs. I blended Tim Holtz Broken China Distress Ink on one side of the balloon to create some shadowing. I arranged the balloons on a white 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" cardstock panel. To keep the balloon arrangement intact, I lifted the balloons with Glad Press N' Seal. I added liquid glue to the back of each balloons. I placed the white cardstock panel on top of these balloons, pressing it to adhere the balloons to the white cardstock panel. I carefully flipped this over and gently removed the Glad Press N' Seal. I set this aside to dry. Once dry, I trimmed off the excess. I drew in the balloon strings using a Sakura Stardust Gel Pen. 


Back to the colored image, I die cut this using a square scalloped die from Concord & 9th. I die cut a white cardstock using a square stitched die from Lawn Fawn. I adhered the scalloped die cut to the stitched square die cut. 

I heat embossed the sentiment on the colored panel using white embossing powder. I adhered this balloon panel.

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, May 9, 2021

Pop-Up Vase Card


Hello! It has been a while since I last created something to share for Mother's Day. After seeing Jennifer McGuire's video tutorial, I got inspired to create what Jennifer created. At first, I was going to use whatever supplies I have on hand. But after visiting my local craft store, I was not able to resist buying  the supplies I used for this project. 

The supplies I used for this project are:

  • Altenew Craft-A-Flower: Daisy Layering Die Set
  • Memory Box Sunny Orange 110lb 6x6 Cardstock Paper Pad
  • Memory Box Lush Green 110lb 6x6 Cardstock Paper Pad

I die cut the daisy using the colored cardstock, layering it from dark to light. I used a slider die to create the stem. I doubled the stem/slider die cut to make it sturdy. I adhered a solid daisy die cut to the back to make it seamless, covering the tip of the stem/slider die cut. I added dots to the flower centers using a Sakura Black Glaze pen. I think die cutting and adhering the layers are the most tedious tasks for this project aside from the addition of details here and there. 

I don't have the die that creates the vase which Jennifer used in her video. I created my own vase by trimming a white cardstock into 5 1/2" x 3". I scored this at 1 1/4", 2 1/2", 3 3/4" and 5". After I folded the cardstock at the scored line, I adhered the ends together by adding double adhesive tape to the 1/2" tab. I added a layer of silver cardstock to each side of the vase. Each silver panel was cut at 1" x 2 3/4". I created the holding tabs for the flower by trimming a white cardstock at 2 1/4" x 1". I scored this at 1/2" and 1 3/4". After folding the scored lines, I added liquid adhesive to these tabs and adhered it to the inside of the vase.

I arranged three flowers per vase. I added the leaves after. I would have wanted to make the stems seamless too by covering the back part where the leaf is adhered, but this will cause some problems with the mechanism of the pop-up so I decided to go against it.

I decorated the vase with an embossed sentiment strip which I layered with two more sentiment strip die cuts. I punched a hole on one side of the sentiment strip so I can thread the ribbon through it. 

I wrapped the sheer ribbon around the vase. I threaded the ribbon through the hole of the sentiment strip. I adhered a silver glitter foam bow die cut using a glue gun. I added a gem to the center.



Now, it is ready to be given away.

Thank you for visiting my blog. Happy Mother's Day! Have a blessed, brilliant and creative day!

Maria Giselle B.

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Monday, May 3, 2021

Card Remake


Hello! We have a new challenge at Incy Wincy Designs. The challenge theme is Mother's Day And/Or Flowers. We have two sponsors for this challenge. 


I am remaking a card I made two years ago as seen above (https://ienjoywhatido.blogspot.com/2019/05/trifold-letter-shaped-card-using-cricut.html). I was cleaning my supplies when I came across the extra cut out letters I created for that card. I decided to card-lift my own creation and make use of these cut outs.

My first version of this card was flimsy. Luckily, I have extra cut outs. For this card, I layered two cut outs to make it sturdy. I had to trim a sliver off the letters and the heart, on the side of the fold line, so there will be no issue when folding this trifold card. 

Instead of ink blending, I adhered floral patterned papers from My Mind's Eye to the letters and the heart. I trimmed off the excess.



I printed the image on Neenah Solar White cardstock. I colored the image with Prismacolor colored pencils. My inspiration in coloring the image is a Japanese maid waitress. I fussy cut the image, leaving a small white border around it. 

Back to the trifold shaped card, I added flowers and leaves to the letters. These were die cut using a Paper Smooches die. I spritz the flowers with Tim Holtz Distress Oxide spray. I layered these flowers to add more dimension.

The sentiment is from Trinity Stamps So Appreciative Stamp set. I created a sentiment strip by heat embossing the sentiment on one of the patterned papers in the paper pad. I die cut this using an Avery Elle Simple Sentiments Elle-ments die. I blended a dark gray ink to this strip. I wipe off the excess ink from the embossed sentiment. I die cut two more pieces of a scrap cardstock using this sentiment strip die. I adhered these cardstock strips to the back of the sentiment strip.

I adhered the image to the heart using foam adhesive. I adhered the sentiment next. I added Pretty Pink Posh gems to the heart. 

Funny that I have the same sentiment, although from different stamp sets, for  both cards. I also adhered the image to the left of the heart on both cards. I only found out about this after I searched for my first card in my blog so I can post it here. 



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, May 1, 2021

Polaroid Fox Greeting Card (New Craft Stash #16)


Hello! Welcome back to my New Craft Stash series. For this post, I am featuring the Lawn Fawn Fox Costumes Before N' Afters stamp set. This stamp set was released last year, in time for Halloween. There are some stamps in this set that can be used all year round. Honestly, I had a hard time coming up with a card idea for this stamp set. I thought about making an early Halloween card but changed my mind into creating a card that I can use for another occasion since I rarely mail a Halloween card.

The good thing about Lawn Fawn stamps, their stamp images work with its other stamp images really well. I am using several fox stamps which are from the following LF stamp sets:
  • Fox Costumes Before N' Afters - The two foxes wearing the costumes and the fox in between.
  • Mom + ME - The fox to the right of the fox in the bee costume.
  • Party Animal - The fox to the left of the fox in the donut costume.
I created a scene where these foxes have a photo shoot, and the photo will be sent to a friend. To plan the placement of the foxes, I traced the inner window of the polaroid frame to a scrap paper. I stamped the foxes on this scrap paper, inside the traced frame, so I will have an idea on the order of how I will stamp the foxes. After I stamped a fox, I stamped the same fox on a masking paper which I fussy cut. 

Now that I know the order, I again traced the inner polaroid frame on a Neenah Solar White cardstock. I began stamping, stamping the fox that is on the front, covering it with the fussy cut masking paper after. I repeated the process until all five foxes have been stamped. I used a Memento Tuxedo Black ink for stamping.

I colored the image with Copic marker. I added some shine to the two costumed foxes using glittered markers.


I die cut two polaroid frames on white cardstock. I customized a sentiment on the front using stamps from LF #awesome and LF Woodgrain Backdrops stamp sets. I stamped these with Versafine Onyx Black ink and set this aside to dry. I adhered the blank polaroid frame on top of the fox frame, making sure the foxes show through the inner frame. I trimmed off the excess paper from the stamped panel. Next, I adhered the stamped frame on top.

For the main sentiment, I die cut the LF Thinking About You border die on a peach 6x6 My Mind's Eye patterned paper. I die cut an extra so I can adhere this on top of the other sentiment die cut for some dimension. Don't lose the tittles!

I trimmed a striped light green patterned paper from the same paper pad to 5 1/2" x 4 1/4". I adhered the polaroid frame to this, then adhered the sentiment border. I stamped some paint splatters using Delicata Golden Glitz pigment ink. The stamp is from LF Love Letters.

I adhered this to a top folding wide A2 note card.

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

Maria Giselle B.

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Friday, April 30, 2021

Grogu 'Baby Yoda' Mini Card



Hello! My son asked me to created a card for his friend who loves Baby Yoda. Thanks to this this free cut file at free svg planet, I was able to put together this instant card request.

I edited the image on Cricut Design Space, creating a layered cut file. It would have worked if I used a lightweight cardstock. The dainty layered cut did not go through the thick cardstock. Since I am pressured for time, I edited the image and made it to a print and cut file.

For the sentiment, which comes with the free cut file, I edited this to have the CDS draw it instead of cutting it. I used a Ranger Embossing pen to write the sentiment on black cardstock. I prep the area with an anti-static tool before the sentiment is drawn on a black cardstock. I embossed this with white embossing powder.

For the mini card, I am using a die from Trinity Stamps Frame And Fold Die Set. I die cut a white cardstock using this die. The size of this card when folded is 3" x 4". 

I blended Tim Holtz Distress Black Soot Ink to create a spotlight. I used the My Favorite Things Spotlight Stencil as a guide where to apply the ink. I added Ranger Perfect Pearls in Perfect Pearl to the inked area for shimmer. I brushed off the excess powder. I spritz some water to the air and fanned the card towards this spritz water to help set the powder. I added splatters of gold paint to this area.


I adhered the sentiment to the bottom of the front panel. I adhered the printed image with foam adhesive. I added Blank Zig Wink of Stella Glitter pen to the open areas of the sentiment. 

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

Maria Giselle B.

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Sunday, April 25, 2021

Hinged Die Cut Slimline Card


Hello! I created this card for a co-worker of mine who recently lost a loved one. I hope in this little way she will feel that we are thinking about her. 

I am using the following products in this card:

  • Crafty Meraki Crafty Plaid Slimline die
  • Trinity Stamps Sending Hugs die set
  • Honey Bee Paper Hugs die set
  • Honey Bee Paper Hugs stamp set
I die cut a light gray cardstock using the slimline die. I adhered this on a light blue cardstock. I trimmed off the excess.

I die cut the sentiment and the letters on Grafix Dura-Bright Black Film Pad. I die cut extras so I can adhere it to the back of the black sentiment & letter die cuts. On the letters, I slightly offset it to create a shadow.

I die cut a pink cardstock using the heart die. I die cut several more hearts using white cardstock. I die cut the arms using a cream cardstock. I inked the pink heart die cut and the arm die cuts with Tim Holtz Distress Oxide. I spritz the pink heart die cut with pearlized water for some shimmer. I set this aside to dry. 

To create the heart die cut into a mini card, I trimmed some acetate, about 1/2" x 1". I scored this at the middle. I adhered half of the tab on the back of the white heart die cut. I adhered the other half to the back of the pink heart die. I adhered a white heart die cut to the back of the pink heart to cover the acetate hinge. I did not have to do this to the back of the white heart since this side will be directly adhered to the slimline panel.



I stamped the sentiment to the inner heart panel.



I adhered the sentiment die cuts and the mini heart card to the slimline panel. I added Nuvo Morning Dew Crystal Drops to the bold letters. I set this aside to dry. I added pink sequins from Ink Road Stamps.

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

Maria Giselle B.

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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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