Saturday, February 27, 2021

Create Your Own Shaker Elements With Stamped Image And Die Cuts

Hello! I am so happy to know that Mama Elephant has challenges now using Discord as its platform. I love their products. 

I started off by ink smooshing a Strathmore Bristol paper with Tim Holtz Distress Oxide. I die cut this panel using the ME Peek A Frame Creative Cuts. I used the stitched rectangle die and the stamped edged die to create a frame. I heat embossed the happy sentiment on the inked panel using Versafine Onyx Black ink. I heat embossed this sentiment on acetate as well using white embossing powder. I slightly offset the word happy to create a shadow for the acetate impression. Once I had this in position, I stamped the supplement sentiments on both the acetate and the inked panel. I used the Misti to keep these sentiments aligned. I used the same black ink on the inked panel. I used Stazon White ink on the acetate. The sentiment is from ME Happy Everything stamp set.

I adhered the acetate to the back of the frame using the inked panel as guide and making sure the small font sentiments are aligned. I trimmed off the excess acetate. I added double layered foam adhesive to the back of the frame. 

I adhered the inked panel to a white wide top folding note card. I used the acetate panel as a guide for placement.

Working on the shaker element, I stamped the envelope on Strathmore watercolor paper. I colored it with a wash of blue watercolor marker.  I colored the heart of the envelope with a red Spectrum Noir  Sparkle Glitter brush pen. I fussy cut the image. The envelope is from the ME Panda stamp set.

I added heart and sequin die cuts which was cut using the ME Confetti Creative Cuts. 

I rubbed my powder tool on the inked panel and on the back of the acetate. I positioned the shakers on the center of the inked panel. I adhered the acetate panel. 

I stamped the panda on white cardstock. I added black flock to the ears, arms and legs of the panda. Once this has dried, I added Ranger White Enamel Accents to the eyes. I added blush to the cheeks of the panda using a watercolor marker. I adhered the pandas to the front of the acetate panel.

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

Maria Giselle B.

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Thursday, February 25, 2021

Get Well Soon Card

Hello! I need a Get Well Soon card for my son's friend. Looking through my handmade cards, I cannot believe that I don't have any Get Well Soon cards in my card collection. My son did not want the generic Hello card so I created this card.

I stamped the letters from The Ink Road Daisie Alpha stamp set using different colored dye inks. I colored the letters using Prismacolor color pencils. I left the images in the letters white. I fussy cut the letters. 

For the panel, I die cut the Honey Bee A2 Burlap Background on dark brown cardstock. I adhered this to a light gray cardstock panel, cut at 4 1/4" x 5 1/2". 

I adhered the letters on vellum using foam adhesive. I added flower die cuts using a die from Paper Smooches. I adhered woodgrain sequences for the the floral centers.

I added Lawn Fawn Liquid Stardust to the uncolored areas of the letter using a paint brush. 

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

Maria Giselle B.

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Rainbow Window Easel Card (Craft My Stash #13)

Hello! I created this card for my cousin's daughter, my niece. She saw the card I created for my son's birthday. She thought the image is a red panda because she loves red pandas. So I told her mom that I can make a card for her with a red panda on it. 

I don't have a red panda stamp. I created a card with a red raccoon (All Kraft Sparkly Christmas Card) before. Doing some research, the red panda resembles a raccoon because of the similarity in their faces and their fluffy striped tail. I was going to use my raccoon stamp again for this project but I decided to upload a red panda image to Cricut Design Space for printing and cutting.

Working on the card base, I am using a top folding white note card with the size of 4 1/4" x 5 1/2". I scored the front in half, at 2 3/4". 

I partially die cut the rainbow on the top front fold. The die is from Paper Smooches, which is what I am featuring in my Craft My Stash series. Using a craft knife, I cut off the portion below the bottom ring to create a window. I die cut various pink patterned papers for the rings of the rainbow since pink is her favorite color. I adhered this to the rainbow. I added shimmer to the rainbow rings using Nuvo Shimmer pen.

I blended ink on this top front fold to add sun and rays to it. I covered the rainbow by inserting a piece of paper on top of the rainbow. I am using the Newton's Nook Sunscape Stencil. I added Hero Arts Soft Vanilla, then Jenny Bowlin Lemon Drops, and Ranger Monarch Orange Archival Ink. I used a Picket Fence blending brush for the inking. After removing the stencil, I blended more HA Soft Vanilla ink to the area to mute down the stark bright color of the cardstock.

For the bottom front fold, I paper pieced the clouds by die cutting different shades of blue cardstock using the Taylored Expression Rolling Clouds die. I trimmed a piece of typing paper at 4 1/4" x 2 3/4". I applied adhesive to this typing paper then adhered the clouds to it. This technique will create a single layer of clouds. I spritz this with some W Plus 9 Shimmer Spray then set this aside to dry. Once it has dried, I adhered this to the bottom front fold, overlapping the rainbow. I added Pretty Pink Posh sequins to the clouds.

I printed the red panda on Neenah Solar white cardstock. The image was cut by the Cricut machine. I also created a filled in image of the red panda. This will create an extra solid cut that I used to layer under the printed image. I adhered this at the center of the rainbow. 

For the sentiment, I stamped a speech bubble from the Mama Elephant Everyday Greetings stamp set on white cardstock using Versafine Onyx Black ink. I set this aside to dry. I fussy cut this leaving a white border around it. I adhered this to the rainbow with a bit of an overhang. 

I created a stopper for the easel. I cut strips of pink cardstock at 4 1/4" x 3/4". I heat embossed the sentiment using white embossing powder on one of the strips. The stamp is from Paper Smooches. I adhered the strip on top of the other stacking it. I adhered this to the inner fold of the card, right around the center, which will keep the front panel upright. I stamped hearts using Delicata Rose Gold ink. The heart stamp is from Paper Smooches. 

To personalize this card, I die cut the letters in her name using Lawn Fawn Cole's ABC. I die cut varioud pink patterned papers for the letters. I also die cut these letters on a pink cardstock which I adhered to the back of the corresponding letter for extra dimension. I adhered this below the sentiment strip stopper. 

I trimmed a pink cardstock into 4 1/4" x 1 1/2". I embossed this with the Ellen Hutson Stitching Lines die. I adhered this below the letters. 

I added shimmer to the letters with Nuvo shimmer pen. I added Ranger Glossy Accents to the letters and set this aside to dry. Once dried, I added Glossy Accents to the speech bubble in the front of the card. 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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Monday, February 15, 2021

Creating Frames From A Blended Background (Belated Valentine's Card)

Hello! I hope you had a great Valentine celebration. I have work this day. Not to forget, the weather here in the Midwest is freezing cold! The only special thing I did is to finish this card which I am creating for my husband.

I am using Hero Arts products for this card. I created the background using the Hero Arts Zigzag Pattern Stencil. I wanted the zigzag columns closer to each other. To do this, I masked the other columns and inked one column only. After I've done this, I wipe the ink off the stencil, moved the stencil into which the next column of zigzag pattern is closer to the inked zigzag column. I masked the inked portion and the other column that is not being inked, then, I inked away until I covered the whole panel with inked zigzag columns. I blended more ink to the zigzag panel to mute down the stark white background. I used different blue Tim Holtz Distress Oxide inks for the color and a Picket Fence blending brush to apply the colors.

I die cut a red mirror cardstock using the HA Floral Stamp & Cut By Lia. I heat embossed a sentiment from the same set to this mirrored cardstock. I used the Misti Stamping Tool so I can re-stamp the sentiment several times for a better impression. I used an anti-static tool first before stamping the sentiment with Versamark ink. I heat embossed the sentiment using white embossing powder.

I die cut 2 more pieces of the heart using white cardstock. I adhered the hearts on top of each other for some dimension. I traced the shape of the metal heart die on white cardstock. I cut this traced heart but I cut this a bit larger to create a heart shadow for the intricate heart die cut. 

Back to the zigzag panel, to create more interest, I die cut this into frames using the HA Nested Rectangles die set. I adhered the frames to a 5 1/2" x 4 1/4" red cardstock. I adhered the panels using the negative cut as guide for placement so the frames will be equally spaced. I adhered the heart slightly off center. I added some blue sequins for some embellishment.

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

Maria Giselle B.

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Button Embellishments From Patterned Paper

Hello! We have a new challenge at Incy Wincy Designs. The theme is Animals And/Or Buttons. I am a day late in posting for the challenge. I got busy last week with my son's birthday and his Valentine's class give away. Then, my day offs are done, and I have to go to work. This time, I packed my crafting to go supplies. During my work downtime, I was able to color the image. This is very helpful in cutting back on the time I needed to finish this project. 

The image is printed on Strathmore Bristol paper. I colored the image with Akashiya Sai watercolor brush pens. To mute down the pigment, I applied the color to a palette, picked it up with a water brush pen and applied the ink to the image. 

I die cut the colored image using the egg die from Paper Smooches Easter Eggs die set. I matted this with a green card stock which I die cut using one of the oval dies from the Hero Arts Nesting Oval die set. I adhered the watercolored panel with foam adhesive. 

The sentiment is from the Studio Katia Floral Cross stamp set. I die cut a banner to stamp this on using a die from the Lawn Fawn Fancy Folded Banners die set. I did partial die cutting to extend the length of the banner so the sentiment will fit. I stamped the sentiment using a green ink. I poured clear embossing powder to this, then heat set it. 

I trimmed a 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" Forever Friends patterned paper from my stash. I adhered the matted watercolored panel and the sentiment banner to this. 

For the buttons, I die cut these buttons from the same patterned paper pack. I die cut extra circles using the excess patterned paper. I stacked these circles on top of each other with the button on top to add dimension. I lined the edges with a brown marker. I poked the holes on the stacked button die cut and threaded a white DMC embroidery floss through it. I knotted the floss on the front. I applied Spectrum Noir Clear Shimmer pen to the buttons. I adhered this buttons to the panel. 

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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Friday, February 12, 2021

Valentines Give Away

Hello! Today is my son's class Valentine's party. Because of the pandemic, the party is restricted to having their Valentines snack together and exchanging Valentines which they will not read until Tuesday. Their Valentines will stay in school over the long weekend. 

If you've been following me, Valentines is one of the occasions that I create classroom give aways. For this year, my son and I decided to give plantable hearts which we bought at Paper Source.

I re-packed the hearts using left over cellophane packaging. I used the We R Memory Keepers Fuse Tool to seal the edges of the cellophane with a square metal die as a guide.

Instead of creating a plain Valentines' card that will hold the plantable hearts, I made this into a bookmark. I cut a 12x12 colored cardstock into 12" x 3". I scored this at 5 3/4" for the center fold. I scored it again at 5 1/4" and 6 1/4" for the top fold. I will explain its purpose later on.

I die cut the letters, L, V, E. One on patterned paper and the other on cardstock. I adhered the letter cardstock die cut on the back of the letter patterned paper die cut for some dimension. The letter dies are from the Concord and 9th Love You So die set.

Using the letters as a guide, I die cut the O on the front flap of the bookmark to create a window, keeping the O letter die cut aside to be used later on. 

To add a subtle background to the front flap, I stamped the My Favorite Things Typewriter Text Cling Background stamp using Hero Arts Sea Salt Reactive Ink. I masked the top flap with a Post It note. I had to change ink colors with the Mint cardstock to Simon Says Stamp Mint ink since the white ink won't show on the mint cardstock. 

I adhered the L, V, E. I stamped another sentiment from the Concord and 9th Love You So stamp set using Versafine Onyx Black ink. 

I punched a slot hole on the top flap. I will thread a ribbon through this later on. 

I punched a notch on the back bottom flap, the one using We R Memory Keepers Envelope Notcher Punch. This will keep the card shut closed by inserting the front flap to the notch.

For the inside of the card, I adhered the letter O, using the window as a guide for placement. I added a removable Glue Dot on the center of the O. I adhered the packed plantable Valentines' heart to this glue dot. This will show through the window on the front panel. When the plantable hearts package is removed, the sentiment on the front will still be complete with the letter O showing through. I secured the package with a hearts washi tape.

I printed the instructions for the plantable heart on a piece of typing paper. I trimmed this and adhered it with a temporary tape runner to the bottom of the packaging.

Remember the top fold I mentioned earlier? I adhered the top fold shut with double adhesive tape. This will give some stability to the top of the bookmark. I threaded a ribbon through the slot. I squirted some glue to keep the ribbon in place. I added a bow twine to the ribbon. I used the Lawn Fawn Unicorn Tail Sparkle Cord. I squirted more glue to keep the bow intact. 

My son, Ryan, wrote his name in the bottom.

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

Maria Giselle B.

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Wednesday, February 10, 2021

Shaker Birthday Card

Hello! It is my youngest son's 9th birthday yesterday. Also, yesterday is his first day of being in school after months of virtual learning. To make this day more memorable, we have snow accumulation overnight and his school did not declare a snow day. 

I colored the image with my son's TY stuffed animal, Yips, as inspiration. This is the latest addition to his TY stuffed animals which he got for Christmas. The stamped image is from My Favorite Things Unicorns And Glitter stamp set. The image was stamped on Strathmore Bristol paper using Versafine Onyx Black ink. I used Zig Clean Color Real Brush pens for coloring. I die cut this using the coordinating die.

I trimmed an MFT Grapesicle cardstock to 4" x 5 1/4". I treated this panel with an anti-static powder tool. I stamped the rainbow image from the same stamp set using Versamark ink. I poured Wow! Glow In The Dark Embossing powder to the stamped rainbows then heat set it. You should see how cool this looks in the video at the end of this post.

I die cut an apple green colored cardstock using the Happy Birthday Circle Frame Die-namics. I die cut three of this and adhered this on top of each other.

I die cut a circle frame on a dark gray cardstock using the MFT Circle Stax die. I am using a circle die that has the same size as the circle opening of the sentiment circle frame, and the next size up to create this frame. I adhered this on top of the stacked sentiment circle die to outline the circle for a bit of a contrast.

Using the smaller circle die, I die cut a window on the center of the Grapesicle cardstock. To create the shaker portion, I die cut another circle on an acetate using a circle die larger than the circle window I created on the Grapesicle cardstock. I lined the edge of the circle window with foam adhesive and adhered more foam adhesive to the back of this panel. I poured different colored sequins, following the colors in the challenge, to this well. I covered this well with a yellow cardstock to seal the shaker.

I adhered this panel to a 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" yellow cardstock. I adhered the stamped image with foam adhesive to the center of the shaker window. I accented the eyes of the image with Sakura Black Glaze pen.

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

Maria Giselle B.

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Friday, February 5, 2021

Tokidoki Inspired Card

Hello! I created this card for a co-worker of mine who went through a lot of struggles late last year. We both share the passion of cute characters. I like Hello Kitty and she likes Tokidoki. She loves purple, thus, the color scheme of this card.

I searched the web for a free Tokidoki cuf file. I could not find one so I went to the Tokidoki website. I found an image that I was able to crop and upload to Cricut Design Space. I edited the image to be printed and cut. 

For the front card panel, I die cut a purple cardstock with holes for cross stitching using The Stamp Market Stitched Tag die. I cross stitched a heart using the colors from the printed image. 

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

For the sentiment, I heat embossed this on the same purple cardstock using white embossing powder. The sentiment is from Hero Arts Kindness Acts Of Kindness stamp set. I trimmed this and layered a vellum underneath it. 

I flicked Kuretake Gansai Tambi Natural Beige watercolor paint on the panel with the stitched portion covered. I set this aside to dry. 

I adhered the printed image with foam adhesive. I adhered the panel to a Doodlebug plaid patterned paper cut at 5 1/2" x 4 1/4". I adhered this to a top folding horizontal note card. 

I added heart die cuts and added Nuvo White Blizzard on top it. The hearts were cut using the Mama Elephant Confetti Creative Cuts.

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

Maria Giselle B.

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Tuesday, February 2, 2021

Rainbow Background Unicorn Slim Card (New Craft Stash #12)

Hello! This is the 12th post of my New Craft Stash series. For this card, I am featuring the Pinkfresh Studio Slim Fancy Diagonal Stripes die, and the I-Crafter I-Brush Ink Applicators.

I die cut a white cardstock using this die. I inked the diagonal stripes with dye inks using a rainbow pattern. I kept the negative cuts intact by taping it on the back to add some stability to this delicate die cut while I do ink blending. To blend ink to the stripes, I masked each stripe with a Post-it note. I had trouble making the Post-it note adhere to the inked stripes. So I used a scrap transparency to cover the inked part so I can continue my ink blending. 

I removed the negative cuts carefully. Instead of throwing these inked negative cuts, I adhered this to another diagonal stripes die cut, making sure I adhere it to the same spot where I removed it from the rainbow stripes die cut. Not all of the diagonal stripes get cut off. This background has a totally different look which I am saving for a future project. 

I trimmed a cream cardstock at 3 3/4" x 8 3/4". I adhered the rainbow striped die cut to this and set this aside.

For the focal point, I die cut an oval on a white cardstock which will serve as the face of the unicorn. I die cut the horn, flowers and ears using the Pinkfresh Studio Magical Unicorn die set. I die cut these on glittered cardstocks. I heat embossed the details on the horn and flowers using Wow! Metallic Gold embossing powder. The ear die cuts the outline of the ear only. I adhered the ear outlines to a pink glitter cardstock to create a backing for the ears. I cut off the excess following the shape of the ear outline die cut. I stamped the eyes on the white oval piece. 

I adhered the horn, flowers and ears to the white oval die cut. I added a gold thread underneath the flowers. 

For the sentiment, I stamped this using a Color Box Mustard dye ink. I adhered this to the striped panel, slightly angled, using foam adhesive.

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

Maria Giselle B.

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I got inspired by the September 2020 Challenge (Rainbows).


Monday, February 1, 2021

Sports & Red Color Inspired Card

Hello! We have a new challenge at Incy Wincy Designs. The challenge theme is Sports Or Mainly Red. I am using an image from one of our two sponsors. 

I had a bit of struggle coming up with an idea for this challenge. I have one of those days that my creative thinking is not working. I was going to take a break for this challenge but then, I always try to be participate to give credit to our sponsors for their willingness to sponsor our blog challenge. So here I am, with my finished card.

I printed the image on Neenah Solar White cardstock. I colored the image with Copic markers. Had a bit of a struggle with the small areas to color. I fussy cut the image, leaving a small border around it. 

For the background, I created a scene with the Lawn Fawn Grassy Hillside Borders for the grass. For the sky background, I used the Taylored Expression Rolling Clouds die but instead of die cutting, I embossed the die to the light blue cardstock.

I stamped the sentiment on the sky background using Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Candied Apple. The sentiment is from My Favorite Things Mason Jar Labels stamp set. I adhered the boy and the ball to the scene. I added accents to the eyes using Sakura Black Glaze pen. 

To add more red, I adhered a washi tape to a white cardstock panel cut at 4 1/4" x 5 1/2". I adhered the scene panel to this using foam adhesive. This was cut at 4" x 5 1/2" so the washi tape will show thru the sides. 

Thank you for visiting my blog. I hope you join us in our latest Incy Wincy Challenge. Have a blessed, brilliant and creative day!

Maria Giselle B.

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