Monday, February 19, 2018

Zig Clean Color Easter Card

It is a new challenge at Incy Wincy Designs Challenge Blog. I am late in posting my card. Our sponsor for this challenge on Easter is Rick St. Dennis. I am using an image I won from a challenge I joined in. The image is the Euro Girl Happy Hearts digital image. Isn't this image cute?

I printed the image on Strathmore Watercolor paper. I colored the image with Zig Clean Color Markers, adding details using Sakura pens, Uni-Ball Signo Pen, and clear Wink of Stella. I heat embossed a flower on the balloons for a spring-like touch.

The sentiment is from three different stamp sets, Honey Bee, and Fiskars. I did some masking to create this customized sentiment. I trimmed this into a sentiment strip, cutting around the Easter word. I adhered this to the watercolor paper with foam adhesive.

This panel is a little less than an A2 sized card. I wanted some of the yellow note card to show on the sides of the watercolor panel.

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

Maria Giselle B.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Valentine Treats 2018-Photo & Project Loaded Post

Happy Valentine's! I got busy creating give-aways for my sons. I am posting all give-aways in one post with a brief description. Please feel free to ask any questions on the comment section.

This treat bag is a Cricut image cut custom-sized for the puzzles we bought last year.

I had to make a couple of modifications along the way. I created a slit on one side of the treat bag for a slot for the mini card. I used a punch for the window heart on the other side of the treat bag.

I used a Concord & 9th matching stamp & die set for the mini card. My 6-year old helped color some of the letters.


This treat bag took most of my time because I created 19 pieces of it for my Kindergartener's class. 

Next up is my Junior's Valentine treats of Sweethearts candy using the left-over patterned papers from the first project.

I created a wrap-around belly band for the pink cardstock which partially wraps the candy box, too.

The top of this pink cardstock was cut using a Concord & 9th metal die. Using more left over patterned paper to matte another cut-apart patterned paper which served as the sentiment. The layer has stitching around the sides created by Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangle die. The top got paper punched. A ribbon was threaded through the hole. For the tag, the die and stamp is from Lawn Fawn. This was heat embossed with Rose Gold embossing powder from Simon Says Stamp. I threaded a twine through the tag hole then the ribbon hole, finishing it up with a bow.

This last project took most of my time, planning and designing it. My 11-year old gives Swedish Fish all the time. Since I was only making a few give-aways for his friends (and my 12-year old's friends), instead of the usual stamped Ziplock bag, I took his give-away up a notch. I created the fish bowl using Cricut Design Space. I wasn't able to edit the image the way I want it cut, so I just trimmed the water part off the bowl to create a window. I used this as a guide to custom seal the Ziplock bags. I used a We R Memory Keepers Fuse Tool to do this. I have two colors of die cuts of fish bowl water. Instead of wasting the light blue one, I ink sponged the edge using Tim Holtz Salty Ocean Distress Ink on the top water edge to create contrast. I offset this when I adhered it to the back of the dark blue water die cut.

I heat embossed the sentiment using a Lawn Fawn stamp set and Wow! embossing powder on the solid fish bowl die cut. I embellished the water area with stamped, colored and die cut elements from the stamp set. I applied glue on the edges of the bowl using a tape runner. I sandwiched the Ziplock bag, with the Swedish Fish inside, in between the solid and window bowl die cut. I sealed the top of the Ziplock bag using the Fuse Tool again. I trimmed off any plastic excess sticking out of the edges.

Thank you for visiting my blog. Have a blessed & brilliant day!

Maria Giselle B.

Thursday, February 8, 2018

More Cupcake Shaped Cards

My 5-year old is the kindest kid in his class. I am saying this not because he is my son but he remembers his classmates' birthdays, and asks his mom to create something for his classmate celebrating his or her birthday. Don't you wish you have a classmate like him?

There are two girls who are celebrating their birthdays today. Last night, he asked me to create two cupcakes for the girls. He chose two different cupcakes from my images in the Cricut Design Space. He assigned the colors of each cupcake based on each girl's favorite color. Can you believe that? He even knows the kid's favorite color.

And these are the cupcakes I came up with. I made some modifications on the image cut as mentioned below. I am proud of myself with these finished cards because all the supplies used are from whatever I have in hand.

The purple cupcake is from Cricut Blast Off Cartridge called Yellow Cupcake. This is a Cricut Imagine image that is a print and cut image. I edited it into a cut image and layered it. I cut the matte layer twice to make a fold on the back for the personalized sentiment. I cut the cupcake wrapper using a Doodlebug patterned paper. I ran this through a Fiskar paper crimper. For the icing, I used a Heidi Swapp stencil and a sponge dauber to apply Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Seedless Preserve. The good thing about Distress Inks is that it remains wet for a while. I poured Judikins Iridescent Sparkle embossing powder to the dots, and heat embossed it.

This image comes with a cherry on top which I replaced with a die cut flower. The flower die is from Paper Smooches. These flower die cuts are extras from a previous project which I kept inside the sleeve together with the metal dies. The white flower is cut out of fun foam. I  applied clear Spectrum Noir Shimmer pen to the flower. I adhered a Doodlebug sequin to the flower center and applied Nuvo Glitter Drop to cover the sequin hole. The sentiment is from Hampton Art. I embossed the sentiment using Wow! Pearl White embossing powder. I cut the ends of the sentiment strip to create a fishtail banner. I blended Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Dusty Concord to this strip to make the sentiment pop out some more. I rubbed the excess ink off the sentiment using a dry cloth.

The red cupcake is a cut image from Cricut Create A Critter cartridge. I have used this image before on a card but as an interactive die cut. Here is the link, Wobbly Cricut Die Cut Birthday Card, in case you are interested to check it out. I edited the cut image by removing the smiley face of the cupcake using the Contour feature of the Cricut Design Space. I also removed the slit openings of the cupcake wrapper using the Contour feature. The cut image comes with a cherry on top which I did not want to cut. After ungrouping the layers, I hid the cherry. The bottom layer has the cherry welded to the cupcake so I hid this, too. It should be okay since there is a cupcake layer for me to adhere the rest of the elements of this cut image. The cupcake paper is an Echo Park patterned paper. Like the first cupcake, I ran this through the paper crimper. I cut the frosting and the cupcake using red cardstock. The red cardstock I used on the frosting has some shimmer on it but had a white core so I sponged the edges with Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Fired Brick. I used the same stencil but used Versamark ink this time. The Judikins did not show much on top of the shimmery red cardstock, so I positioned my stencil again to match the embossed circles with the open circles of the stencil. I applied Versamark ink again. This time, I used Wow! White Pearl embossing powder. I blended more TH Distress Ink over it to make the circles pop. 

I embellished the cupcake with the same die cut flower from the purple cup
cake. I also used the same sentiment stamp but using a red cardstock strip this time.

Ryan wrote their names and his name on the back, underneath the fold. 

Thank you for visiting my blog. I hope you have a blessed & brilliant day!

Maria Giselle B.

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Monday, February 5, 2018

Color Pencil One Layer Card

We have a new challenge at Incy Wincy Designs Challenge Blog. The challenge is on Clean And Simple. This is the type of cards that I struggle a lot with because I am not sure if my card is clean and simple enough. I can't seem to resist adding embellishments to my cards. For this card, I focused on making it simple to keep the focus on the image. Speaking of which, coloring is the other struggle I have for this challenge. Our image sponsor is Createful Heart Digis.  This image is called Story Time. They provided the images to choose from. I chose this image because it reminds me of my sister, who loves to read and loves cats. I was going to create this for her birthday last month but I didn't finish it on time for her special day.

I printed the image on Strathmore Bristol paper. Given this very detailed image, I used Prismacolor pencils to get to those small areas. Well, I did print it in a small scale and I also cropped the image. When I started this project, I am going for a one layer card.

After I colored the image, I added color details on the smaller areas with fine-tip markers that I have on hand. I embossed two metal dies from Simons Says Stamp to border the image and the edge of the card. I outlined the outer border with Versamark ink, then embossed it using a red Ranger embossing powder. I heat embossed the sentiment from Newton's Book Club stamp set using white embossing powder on red cardstock.

I hope you find inspiration with today's card. Please join us in this challenge. I can't wait to see your CAS creations. 

Have a blessed & brilliant day!

Maria Giselle B.

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Saturday, January 27, 2018

Stamp Inspired Stitch 3D Frame Card

I used to love cross-stitching. I cross-stitched for many years and stopped after I gave birth to my eldest son who is now 16 years old.

When Paper Smooches came out with the Cross Stitch die, I was looking forward to revisiting the craft that I used to do and love. Initially, I had difficulties using the die. Some holes are not cut, and if I ran it again through the Sizzix Big Shot, the die shifted. I was wasting a lot of paper so I stopped playing with this die for a while. But I have this project in my mind since I bought this die, so I gave it another try. This time, I added a metal shim, used a regular cardstock and taped the die to the paper with washi tape. It was a success! I used a Spellbinders Craft Tool N' One to clean up the die cut and the metal die. I had to poke out some of the die cut pieces, too.

For the stitched design, using the free template from PS website, I created a heart based from the heart stamp on the new PS In Stitches stamp set. I also created the letters based on PS Alphadot to tie the design all together.

The person I made this card for celebrated her birthday last week. I know her favorite color is green so I mixed up green DMC threads from my stash. I stitched the heart with an ombre effect. I stitched her name on the bottom. I made a French Knot for the dot of the I.

I was going to make this as a plain card. But like any finished cross-stitched piece, I wanted the panel to be on a frame, a 3D frame. I used the Cricut Design Space to search for a 3D frame. The image is from Cricut Word of Mouth. It is a print, score and cut image but it can easily be edited by changing it to a score and cut image. This cut file also comes with a slit for inserting a photo or paper to display on the frame. This can be edited out by using the CDS Contour function.

Back to the frame, I cut the image on a brown cardstock. I used a bone folder to fold the scored lines created by the Cricut. I added a gold striped washi tape from American Crafts to the portion that will be the actual frame. I applied a double adhesive tape on the fold that will adhere to the inner frame panel. Before assembling the frame, I applied a white cardstock to the back of the cross-stitched panel. Somehow, the holes look better with a white backing. I adhered this to the inner frame panel. I started fold-rolling the sides of the frame. Lori Whitlock has a video on assembling this 3D Frame which I find very helpful. You may want to watch it, too for reference.

The finished product is 4"x 5". I adhered this to a top folding card of the same size. Despite the card being dimensional, it is smaller than a regular sized card, so it fit an A2 size envelope.

I stamped the inside of the card with a birthday greeting from PS and WPlus9. I added some Pretty Pink Posh Sparkling Clear Confetti Mix as a last element.

Thank you for visiting my blog. I look forward to creating more cross-stitched cards. My Favorite Things also released cross stich tag die with free design templates.

Hope you try out this technique. Have a blessed & brilliant day!

Maria Giselle B.

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Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Mirrored Stamp Birthday Card

My sister's birthday is on Friday. I created this card for her, and I hope she likes it.

I started off by mirror stamping the hedgehog. This image stamp is from the Clearly Besotted Let's Roll stamp set. My recipe in mirror stamping is a Misti Stamping Tool, Versamark ink, acetate and Paper Smooches Babe Block. For the pennant banner, I used a stamp from the WPlus9 Happy Mail stamp set. I colored the hedgehogs and the banner with Prismacolor color pencils. I added details to the hedgehog using white Sakura Gelly Roll pen and black Sakura Glaze pen. I fuzzy cut these images leaving a white border around the edges. Afterwhich, I folded the pennant banner in between the triangle pennants to score it. I adhered the ends to each hedgehog, sort of like the hedgehogs are biting the string of the banner.

I am using a Studio Calico patterned paper for the background and the hill. These were cut at 5 1/4" x 4". The hill was cut with a Lawn Fawn Stitched Hillside border die. I adhered the hill die cut on top of the blue patterned paper. I adhered the hedgehogs using foam tape. I applied Kool Tack Clear Foam adhesive to certain parts of the banner to secure it and add dimension. I applied clear Spectrum Noir Shimmer pen to the pennants, followed by Ranger Glossy Accents. I set this aside to dry.

To complete the sentiment, I die cut a cardstock using Simon Says Stamp Happy Birthday Craft die but using only the word birthday. I adhered this using Ranger Distress Collage Medium, placed some acrylic blocks on top of it, and allowed it to dry. I added some shimmer to this intricate die cut by using Sakura Stardust Clear Glitter pen.

At this point, I find the card too simple so I heat embossed some clouds on vellum using Paper Smooches Spectrum stamp set. The powder I used is Wow! Pearl Silver embossing powder. I fuzzy cut the clouds very closed to the embossed edge. I adhered this to the top portion of the blue patterned paper by adding dots of Ranger Distress Collage Medium to the back of the embossed edges. I placed an acrylic block on top of the clouds while it dries. I trimmed off the overhanging clouds.

For the hill, I stamped flowers from Lawn Fawn Mom and Me stamp set. I used Tsukineko Delicata Rose Gold ink.

I adhered this scene panel on a purple cardstock with fun foam for added dimension before adhering it to a white side folding note card.

Happy Birthday, Ate Ning! I hope you enjoy your day.

Thank you for visiting my blog. Have a blessed & brilliant day!

Maria Giselle B.

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Ultra Violet New Year's Card

I wasn't able to send out Christmas cards to friends who sent Christmas cards to me & my family. So, I sent them a card to greet them a Happy New Year (although, I sent it out a few days after the year has begun.) I am using a Gerda Steiner digital image freebie. I printed the images in Canson watercolor paper. I created a pearlized watercolor by mixing Zig Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolor and Perfect Pearl on a watercolor palette. Once the watercoloring is done, I set this aside to dry. I partially embossed the bottom part of the panel, making sure not to emboss the watercolored image, using We R Memory Keepers Next Level embossing folder Gemstones.

I heat embossed a happy sentiment from Paper Smooches Sentiment Sampler stamp set. I used a Recollections embossing powder for this sentiment. I also heat embossed the confetti on the top part of the panel using a confetti stamp from Mama Elephant Confetti stamp set. I used Ranger Platinum embossing powder for this. 

Working on the frame, I am using Li'l Inker Designs Fringed Scalloped Rectangle and Simon Says Dual Stitched Rectangle dies to cut a violet cardstock. Ultra violet is Pantone's color of the year, thus, my choice of color. I adhered this to the watercolored panel, centering the colored image to the frame. I adhered this to a top folding 5 1/2" x 4 1/4" white notecard.

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

Maria Giselle B.

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