Tuesday, March 29, 2022

Watercolor Pine Tree Christmas Tag


Hello! Welcome back to my blog. I am playing with my Karin markers today to give the March's #KarinColors a try. Karin Markers have an IG monthly challenge which I linked below. 

I know that some markers can be be used to color directly to the stamp. I gave this technique a try with Karin Markers, and I am truly amazed by the effect! I used it on a layering stamp, which I have difficulties before. Not anymore! I love the organic look created using the Karin Markers on this layering stamp. 

I am using a watercolor paper. I positioned my stamp to it using the Misti Stamping Tool. I applied the darkest color to the first stamp layer. After I've colored the whole stamp, I spritz some water to it. I wiped the excess water off the Misti Door. I pressed the stamp to the watercolor paper. I dried the impression with a heat tool. I re-positioned the paper on the Misti. I spritz water to the left-over ink on the stamp and re-stamped the image. I repeated the process another time. If you have any areas that need more color, just color that part of the stamp and repeat the process. I did this to all layers. The stamp set, which is from Hero Arts, has 4 pine tree layers. 

Isn't the textured effect amazing? I did the same technique on the tree turnk and the sentiment. 

I die cut the panel into a tag. I blended Tim Holtz Tea Dye Distress Ink to the background to give it a vintage look.

I added a DMC Diamant Metallic thread to the top of the tag. I adhered a Trinity Gold Bauble to the center of the bow. 

I truly had fun creating this tag. I can't wait to try these markers on my other layering stamps or solid stamps. 

I also added below the link to the Trinity Stamp Gold Bauble I used on this card. There will be no additional cost to you should you decide to purchase this product. While you are at the Trinity Stamps website, check out their amazing products including their newly released products. 

Have a blessed, brilliant and creative day!
Maria Giselle B.

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Saturday, March 26, 2022

Sketch & Color Inspired Greeting Card (New to My Stash #22)


Hello! Welcome back to my blog and to my New to My Stash blog series. For this card, my new product is the La La Land Crafts A Little Note Stamp set and matching die. The stamp includes two bird builder stamps. It also has the matching outline bird stamp which I did not use on this card. I used the outline stamp as a guide in lining up the rest of the builder stamps. 

I die cut a yellow cardstock to create stitched panels to follow the sketch below. Using the matching die, I die cut a mask and adhered it to the larger yellow rectangle die cut. 

I stamped the My Favorite Things Rose All Over Background stamp using a yellow dye ink. On the larger yellow rectangular die cut, I heat embossed the MFT Sheet Music Cling stamp over the rose stamped impression. I used the Wow! Gold Pearl embossing powder. 

I removed the masking paper and started stamping the bird, going for a blue jay look. 

For the other yellow die cut, I heat embossed the sentiment using Wow! Topaz embossing powder. I embossed this several times to get a raised look. The sentiment is from Ellen Hutson Totally Random Sayings Vol. 1 stamp set. 

I trimmed a 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" blue cardstock. It is not quite the teal blue that I have in mind so I blended Tim Holtz Peacock Feather Distress Oxide to the areas that will not be covered by the yellow panels. I spritz some pearlized water over this and pressed a paper towel over it.

I adhered the yellow die cut panels next, adding some dimension behind the bird panel. I scattered some floral sequins then adhered it with a liquid glue.

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

Maria Giselle B.

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Cross-Stitched Greeting Card

Hello! Welcome back. I would like to thank Cathy Carlson of @cathycarlson21 on IG for the stitching pattern I used here. Here is the link to her IG post if you are interested to re-create this stitching piece, Cathy Carlson (@cathycarlson21) • Instagram photos and videos

After I have stitched the whole panel, I die cut a rectangular frame out of blue cardstock. I adhered this to the stitched panel. I also adhered the negative cut to the back of the stitched panel to secure the stitching. I matted this with a 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" light blue cardstock.

For the sentiment, I die cut the same light blue cardstock using a stitched square die. The die is from Lawn Fawn. I heat embossed the sentiment onto this. The sentiment is from Li'l Inker Designs. I adhered this to the stitched panel. Before I forget, the stitching die I used is from Paper Smooches.

I added Pretty Pink Posh clear confetti sequins to the stitched panel.

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

Maria Giselle B.

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Thursday, March 24, 2022

See Through Card Using Digital Cut File


Hello! Welcome back. I have been MIA for a really long time. I took some time off from work and from blogging. I did craft during my time off which is mostly either stitching or scrapbooking my sons' photos. As much as taking a break allowed me to focus on other things, the downside to it is I am having a hard time getting back to the swing of things with regards to creating something. Before, watching other crafter's videos spark up my creativity. But last week, this was not enough to give me a jolt in creating. The Spring Issue Challenge of Scrapbook & Cards motivated me, but my progress is very slow. Well, at least, I finished the card, and I am hopeful that this is the start.

I got my inspiration for this card from Jennifer McGuire's See-Through Card. The difference between her and my card is that I am using a Digital Cut file which is a freebie at Scrapbook & Cards blog which is linked below. I uploaded the cut file to Cricut Design Space and edited the image to create a solid cut. I also used CDS to assign colors to each flower. I also used CDS to create open spaces in between the flowers, although not all of the spaces got edited out. 

The cut file covers a big portion of a card front. Just like in Jennifer's card, I adhered one end of a flower to another to continue building the front of the card. I fussy cut some of the flowers to fill in the gaps. I trimmed off the any excess on the sides. Do you see the overlapping flowers?

The sentiment is a die cut using Trinity Stamps Frame and Fold Die Set. I added the link to this product below. There will be no additional cost to you should you decide to purchase this die set. While you are at the Trinity Stamps website, do check out the other amazing Trinity Stamps products including their newly released products.

I enjoying creating this card. Have you tried this technique before or are you planning to give this technique a try. Please let me know in the comments below.

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

Maria Giselle B.

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Tuesday, March 8, 2022



Hello! Welcome back to my blog. I created these mini albums featuring my sons' photos. It is a gift that I will be sending to my family and my husband's family. Do you recognize the colors? I got my color inspiration from the Ukrainian flag. This is my creative way of showing support to their country. 

The paper I used for the album is Canson Watercolor paper. I cut a sheet in half and scored it at 3", 6" and 9".  

The front was stenciled with some embossing paste mixed with blue and yellow inks. I blended ink and applied watercolor to some areas. The stencils I used are from Hero Arts. The sentiment is created using die cuts from Altenew and Sugar Pea Designs. The label die is from Avery Elle. I added a piece of washi tape and stamped the year which corresponds to the ages of my sons that will be seen once the album is opened.

I matted the photos with patterned paper. I added a sentiment washi tape for some embellishment.

To make the design consistent, I blended inks to the back cover using the same stencil and inks. 

I cannot imagine what Ukraine is going through right now. It is a situation no one wants to be in. My prayers for Ukraine and the Ukrainians. 

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

Maria Giselle B. 

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Tuesday, March 1, 2022

Digital Image Made Into A Felt Embellishment

Hello! We have a new challenge at Incy Wincy Designs. For the month of March, the challenge theme is on Nature and Scenery, and/or Home and Food. It is a multi-theme challenge. Choose one or choose all!

I created a Christmas theme card for the challenge. Yes, I am starting my Christmas cards this early! Anyway, the candy cane image was too hard to resist. I created the digital image into a felt embellishment by printing the image on paper and using it as a guide to cut out the felt. I created a similar card using felt before. Check it out when you get the chance, Felt on Digital Image.

I stitched the red stripes using DMC Diamant Metallic Thread. I also used this thread to stitch the leaf veins. I added a die cut 3D bow and some sequins and baubles. 

For the background paper, I uploaded the sentiment to Cricut Design Space. I duplicated the sentiment to fill up a 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" panel. To keep the arrangement of the sentiments, I attached these to the 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" panel. I selected the draw function and used a metallic gold gel pen. I set this aside to dry. I trimmed this panel to 4" x 5 1/4".

On a 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" green cardstock, I adhered strips of patterned paper. I adhered the white sentiments panel next. I adhered the candy cane embellishment.

Thank you for visiting my blog. I hope you join us in this month's challenge. Have a blessed, brilliant and creative day!

Maria Giselle B.

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