Sunday, May 30, 2021

Stamped Background In Rainbow Colors

Hello! I created this scrapbook layout to take part in Scrapbook & Cards International Scrapbooking Day Stamping Challenge. This is a late post since I had to wait for the announcement of the winners. I did not win but this layout is one of the highlighted work. See the rest of the scrapbooking layouts who are highlighted, and for the challenges' winners, visit Scrapbook & Cards INSD post

I started off by stamping the Technique Tuesday Ali Edwards All My Heart stamp set on watercolor paper.  Since I am creating a full page sheet, I kept the stamps on the plastic that holds all the stamps. I taped the edges of the plastic film to a  Fiskars Easy Stamp Press. I applied Versafine Onyx Black ink to the stamps and started stamping on the watercolor paper. Since the watercolor paper has texture, making sure that the stamp press is down all the time, I used a Chuckie tool to apply more pressure to the stamp press to get a good impression of all the stamps. I repeatedly stamped the stamp set until the whole watercolor paper is stamped on. For the ones with a poor impression, I fixed this with a black gel pen after I am done painting.

I colored each text box with Karin markers, following the colors of the rainbow. For the hearts, I used Gansai Tambi watercolor in white as base, then adding White Gold on top. 

My album pocket's size is 9" x 12". I trimmed the watercolor to 8 3/4" x 11 3/4". I matted this with a white cardstock cut at 9" x 12". I cut my photos and added it to a white cardstock for a little bit of contrast from the busy background. 

I die cut the hello using Concord & 9th Say Hello die. The die cuts an outline, a shadow and a scripty hello. I die cut the shadow on black cardstock and the scripty hello on white cardstock. I saved the outline die cut for a future project.

To create more contrast, I matted the white panel with red cardstock. I created a subtitle for my layout by die cutting letters from the SugarPea Designs Letterboard die on white cardstock. I die cut a duplicate for each letter so I can adhere one on top of the other for a raised look. The die set does not include an ampersand. I heat embossed the ampersand using white embossing powder. The stamp is from Hero Arts Christmas Crystals stamp set. The die set also did not have any apostrophe. I created one by doing a bit of die cut surgery using one of the letter die cuts.

I wrote my journaling underneath the subtitle before trimming the red cardstock with the use of a craft knife. 

I adhered this on the rainbow watercolored panel. I added heart gems from Nuvo. I also added shimmer to the subtitle using Zig Wink of Stella clear shimmer pen. 

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

Maria Giselle B.

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Friday, May 28, 2021

Happy Slimline Card


Hello! I created this card to join in Mama Elephant's monthly challenge in Discord. The challenge theme is Tell Me A Story. The inspiration behind this card is the current progress the nation has on COVID. With a majority of the nation vaccinated, restrictions are eased out. We can finally get together with family and friends especially if they are vaccinated. I still have one wish though and that this privilege will be enjoyed by the rest of the world. My parents are at the Philippines. It will be really nice to be able to visit them again. But I am patiently waiting as the Philippine citizens get vaccinated. 

I am at luck that there are five children in the Mama Elephant In My Heart Stamp set so I can have each kid paired with each letter on the word 'HAPPY'. I stamped each child on watercolor paper and colored it with Zig Clean Color Real Brush. I fussy cut the images leaving a thin white border around it. 

For the letters, I used the ME InLine Letters stamp set. I heat embossed this on watercolor paper, using white embossing powder. I pounced different colored Tim Holtz Distress Oxide on the mat and spritz this with water. I spritz the watercolor paper with water, then smooshed this to the pigment on the mat. I dried this with a heat gun. I repeated this process if I think I need more color for the background. I die cut this into a circle using a circle die.

For the card base, I trimmed a heavy weight cream cardstock at 8 1/2" x 7", scored it at 3" on the short side to create a slimline card. I trimmed a cardstock with floral embossing detail at 8 1/2" x 1" for the ground. I stamped the background using the dotted stamp from ME Boutique Borders. I used Hero Arts Soft Vanilla for ink.

I adhered the green cardstock trim to the edge of the card front. I heat embossed the sentiment from ME Happy Everything stamp set. I used Versafine Onyx Black ink and a clear embossing powder. Next, I adhered the letter circles. I adhered the children using foam tape. I rounded the corners with We R Memory Keepers 1/8 corner punch. I added glitter pen details to the in line letters for extra accent although this can hardly be noticed on the photo.

Thank you for visiting my blog. Have a blessed, brilliant and creative day! I hope you are all happy together with people you have not been with for a long time. 

Maria Giselle B.

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Thursday, May 27, 2021

Die Cut Surgery Part 2 (Craft My Stash #16)


Hello! I created this card from the left over supplies of my last post. Instead of throwing the frame heart, I created this into a dimensional heart frame by adhering each left over heart on top of the other. 

I die cut several pieces of patterned papers using a stitched rectangle die. I created a stacked rectangles quilt using these die cut rectangles. I adhered the frame heart to this. I trimmed off the excess. 

I die cut the sentiment on a dark colored patterned paper from the paper pad. I adhered this to the quilted pattern. I added shimmer to the sentiment die cut using Zig Wink Of Luna Copper Brush Marker Pen and Zig Wink Of Stella Clear Brush Marker Pen.

For the card panel, I adhered several strips of left over patterned paper to a 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" typing paper. I trimmed off any excess. I added a cross stitching detail to the seams of the patterned paper. 

I adhered the heart to the panel. I added shimmer to the heart frame using Nuvo Midas Touch Aqua Shimmer Pen. I added gold flower sequins and Pretty Pink Posh confetti sequins. 

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

Maria Giselle B.

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Monday, May 24, 2021

Die Cut Surgery (Craft My Stash #16)

Hello! Welcome to another Craft My Stash post. For this card, I am using the following:

  • Simon Says Stamp Bramble Heart Wafer Die
  • SSS With Sympathy Wafer Die
  • SSS Stitched Rectangles Wafer Die
  • Lawn Fawn Stitched Borders
  • Glitz Paper Pack Sunshine In My Soul (Retired)
Do you see the flower branches inside the frame in my card? Will you believe if I tell you that those came from a heart wafer die as shown below?

Yes! It is the same flower branches. After I die cut the heart on cardstock, I trimmed off the flower branches from the heart die cut. I repeated this process three times. I adhered the flower branches on top of each other to create some dimension. As for the left over hearts, which now looks like a frame, I am keeping these die cuts for a future project.

I created a stitched rectangular frame using two rectangle wafer dies from the set. I die cut this on a gold patterned paper from the paper pack. I arranged the flower branches and adhered it to the back of the frame. I trimmed off the excess. 

For the sentiment, I die cut one of the patterned papers using the Sympathy die. I die cut it two more times, and adhered it on top each other. I colored the sentiment die cut with a black metallic marker.

I added a tulle on the back of the frame. I adhered a gold vellum to the back of the frame. 

I added flower sequins, gems and confetti to the flowers and buds.

For the card panel, I trimmed a 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" typing paper to use a backer and guide as I create a multi-patterned paper panel. I adhered the patterned papers to this typing paper, slightly angled diagonally. I trimmed off the excess. I added some stitching detail to the seams using the Lawn Fawn Borders die. 

I adhered the frame to the center. 

Thank you for viewing my blog. Have a blessed day!

Maria Giselle B.

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Friday, May 21, 2021

Tie Dye Birthday Card Using Karin Markers

Hello! It was my second son's birthday yesterday who turned 16 years old. I got my inspiration for this card from Karin Marker's Colors Of The Month in IG which includes Neon Yellow, Neon Orange and Neon Orange Red. Can you believe that I used the same colored markers on both cards? I actually die. Unbelievable, right? 

My first version of the card was created using Grafix Dura-Bright Black Film Pad. I cut this at 4 1/2" x 6". I am linking a video tutorial that was very helpful to me in drawing my own tie dye pattern ( As seen on the image, despite using this months color palette, it has a totally different effect on this type of paper. I dried my created pattern with a heat tool. I stamped the sentiment on the center of the tie dye pattern using a white pigment ink. I embossed this with clear embossing powder. Just to warn you that despite giving this panel a good zapping of the heat tool, there are areas that remained sticky, thus, attracting the embossing powder. Good thing I used a clear embossing powder. The sentiment stamp is from Avery Elle.

I enjoyed creating the first card that I went ahead and created a version of this card using Tim Holtz Yupo paper. This card shows the true hue of the colors I used. I used black pigment ink this time for the sentiment with clear embossing powder.

I die cut the tie dye panels into 4" x 5 1/4". I adhered the black panel to a brown cardstock before adhering this to a top folding A2 notecard. I adhered the white version on a black A2 note card. I added a white cardstock on the inside of the card to serve as a place to write your sentiment.

Which version of the card do you like the most? Thank you for visiting my blog. Have a blessed, brilliant and creative day!

Maria Giselle B.

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Thursday, May 20, 2021

Cricut Made Store Logo

Hello! I've been tasked by my college friend to create a logo for her online jewelry shop. After seeing her original logo lay-out, I took the main elements of her original design and came up with the design above. With the help of Cricut Design Space, I was able to plan the layers and the colors for her approval before cutting it. 

The main focus of the logo is the treasure chest. I modified the image. I removed the lock. I used the contour function of CDS to hide the cut lines included in the design which serves as a guide where the lock will be adhered. I also used the slice function of CDS to remove the handles of the treasure chest. This function also allowed me to created more layers for the front and the lid of the chest, making it more dimensional. 

I stamped the brown trim of the treasure box with a woodgrain stamp from Lawn Fawn to create some texture. 

I added Pretty Pink Posh gems to the inside of the treasure box. 

For the letters, I cut two of each letter and adhered the letter on top of the same letter to create a chipboard like embellishment. I also did it this way since most of the time I am unsuccessful cutting letters on Cricut using heavy weight cardstock.

I pounced Versamark ink on the letters, poured black embossing powder to it, then heat set it. 

One of the fonts I used created holes as part of the design. Unfortunately, Cricut does not have a Contour feature for fonts. I was hoping to hide these holes so I can cut a third layer using glitter cardstock. Instead, I cut small strips of silver glittered cardstock and adhered this to the back of the letters to show through the holes. I trimmed off any excess. 

I used a shimmery cardstock for the cream version. I spritz pearlized water on the lavender version. I matted the logo with gold cardstock. 

I had fun creating this. Thank you for visiting my blog today. Please support my friend's business, Angel's Treasure Box. Have a blessed, brilliant and creative day!

Maria Giselle B.


Wednesday, May 19, 2021

Card Stitching

Hello! I created this card for my husband who celebrated his birthday last Friday.

I started off by finding a design that will fit the total area of the die cut holes on a cardstock. The design is from the book 100 Cross Stitch Card Designs by Joanne Sanderson. I edited the stitched design, removing the wine bottle and adding the greeting.

One of the difficulties in converting a stitched design on cloth to a stitched design on paper is the paper has bigger holes. A design might be small if stitched on cloth but when stitched on paper, the size becomes bigger. Another difficulty in stitching on paper is that there is no quarter stitch on paper. Either you leave the square blank or just put a cross stitch to that square. This also applies when doing a half running stitch. What I did is do a straight stitch from point A to point B, bypassing the holes in between these two points. This is better explained by looking at the orange star.

The die I used to create the stitching holes is Crafty Meraki Stitch-A-Cross Slimline die. I die cut an 8 1/2" x 5 1/2" heavy weight white cardstock. I die cut one side of the panel first. To die cut the rest of the panel, I matched the holes on the cardstock with the raised holes of the die. I taped the die and the paper together to prevent shifting while I run this through the machine. Although despite this, I still had some shifting which created non-circular holes and unequal hole spacing. Running the shims back and forth might have made my shim shift. I went ahead and use this die cut panel. After the stitching has been done, the imperfect holes are less noticeable since the stitched design becomes the center of attention. Also, don't forget to use a metal shim when using this die. 

Removing the tiny die cut circles created by the die can be a challenge. I used the Waffle Flower A2 Piercing Panel die to help in this process. I rubbed the raised side of the die to the back side of the die cut panel to remove the die cut circles. Do this over a trash can for some clutter control. For the circles that did not fall off using this technique, I used a Spellbinders Tool n' One to brush off the circles and poke the circles out.

After I got done with the stitching, I adhered a white cardstock to the back side of the panel. 

To accommodate the large design, I created an A8 card with the size of 7.875" x 5.25". I used a heavy weight Neenah Desert Storm cardstock for the card base which I cut at 7.9" (I just eyeballed this, cutting it a hairline off the 8" mark). I scored this at 5.25" on the long side.

I adhered the stitched panel to the front of the card, cutting off any excess. I added a woodgrain washi tape around the edges to frame the design. 

I also want to show another stitching project I created a while back. My 9 year old son requested me to stitch our last name so he can put it up on our wall. For this project, I am using The Stamp Market Stitched Alphabet Die to die cut the holes for each letter in our surname. Good thing, we have a short last name =). Instead of doing a cross stitch, I did a running stitch, using a different color for each letter. I used a black metallic floss for the outline.

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

Maria Giselle B.

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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 ( 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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