Monday, November 20, 2017

Purple Ppinky Dolls Christmas Card


It is a Sketch Challenge at Incy Wincy Designs Challenge Blog. I am using an image from one of our sponsors, Ppinky Dolls, named Little Star.

I'll be honest. I had difficulty coloring this image. In fact, the last time we were sponsored by Ppinky Dolls, I did not give justice to the pretty image with my coloring. I requested this image for the DT. It is just right for me to use it in my creation for this challenge. I think this is my third try in coloring this image. I finally gave up on using watercolor pencils and resorted to colored pencils. I think I finally found the recipe to coloring Ppinky Dolls!

After coloring the image, using an old tool by EK Success Curvy Cutter, I cut this into an oval. I am out of practice using this tool, since in my failed coloring, wherein I cut the paper first before coloring, I frayed the paper at the edges. I still did it on this one but it wasn't as bad as the first two times. I smoothed the edges using a file.

I applied a thin layer of Tim Holtz Distress Glaze to the colored images. I buffed the excess off using a rag. I blended Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Broken China to the background. The Distress Glaze protected the colored images from the ink blending. It also protected the image from the water I spritz to the blended background. I picked up the droplets with a paper towel. Using Distress Glaze saved me a lot of time from creating a paper mask and/or applying masking fluid to the image. It did create a halo around the images which actually made the image pop.

I added a lot of details to this digital image. When I say a lot, it is A LOT! I cut a scalloped oval using the Cricut Design Space. I also used the CDS to cut a white pearl mat for the image. I am using Doodlebug Frosty Friends 6x6 paper pad for the patterned papers. The quarter panels have stitched borders on it. I used Lawn Fawn Stitched Borders to create the stitches. The sentiment was also stamped on patterned paper from the same collection. I heat embossed this using white powder. I blended Tim Holtz Distress Ink Faded Jeans to make the sentiment pop. The embossing resisted the inking but I did have to wipe off the ink from the embossed sentiment. I fuzzy cut the sentiment. The sentiment is from Lawn Fawn Ready, Set, Snow stamp set. It is a curved sentiment but with the use of a ruler, I straightened the sentiment then picked it up with the acrylic block. I applied some Pretty Pink Posh Metallic Confetti Silver Mix as an add-on.


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

Maria Giselle B.



Saturday, November 18, 2017

Two Cards Created Using Positive and Negative Cuts

I am participating in Pebbles November Sketch Challenge. I enjoyed creating these cards because it did not only made me use my Pebbles stash but is also stretched my imagination on what to create using my available resources.


For the first card, I am using a colorful plaid paper called Perfect Day from the Seen and Noted collection. I cut a 6"x6" piece from a 12"x12" patterned paper. I rotated the paper to make the stripes diagonal instead of the original print of horizontal and vertical lines. Using the pattern as a guide to the design, I die cut several squares, or should I say, diamonds. I kept the positive cuts for the other card. I drew black lines in between the colored stripes for added detail.

Using the same metal die, which is the Lawn Fawn Stitched Square, I die cut squares out of Cherry Arc Crafts Wood Tape. I adhered this tape on scrap cardstock first to prevent it from cracking.


I adhered the plaid paper on a top folding A2 sized kraft note card. I puzzle pieced the stitched wood tape to the windows on the plaid paper. I added a dot of Stickles to each diamond. Since the plaid paper was rotated, it left open spaces on the corners. I adhered the same wood tape to these corners.


For the sentiment, I trimmed a phrase from the Family, Together We Have It All Phrase Cards paper pad. I mat this on a stitched die cut red-orange cardstock. I traced the sentiment with a Sakura Glaze Pen. I adhered the rest of the sentiment on the inside of the card to complete the thought of this
encouragement card.


For the second card, I didn't want to put the negative cuts of my first card to waste. They have also stitched detailing on it. Actually, I adhered these cuts using the negative cut on my first card as a guide. Excuse me for the disorder of this post.

I embossed the stitched squares using Versamark ink with clear embossing powder. I repeated this process about three times to make the squares raised and sort of look like puffy stickers. I wanted to preserve the original pattern of the plaid cardstock. I applied a non-tacky tape to the back of the window plaid patterned paper. I pieced in the embossed stitched squares so these will adhere to the tape. I removed the tape gently to peel off the squares. Using a temporary adhesive, I adhered the window patterned paper to a kraft Neenah cardstock. I picked the embossed squares from the tape and puzzle pieced it to the plaid patterned paper. Once I am done adhering all the pieces, I carefully removed the window plaid paper. I placed an acrylic block on the top of the these adhered die cuts while I allow the liquid glue to dry.


Once the glue has dried, I drew lines in between the diamonds using a white Uniball Signo Broad pen. For the split panel, I am using the B side of the Chalkboard patterned paper from the Lakeside collection. The yellow was too overwhelmingly bright. To mute it down, I inked the paper with Tim Holtz Distress inks in Antique Linen and Vintage Photo. I drew in the chevron pattern using a clear Wink of Stella glitter pen. I used a foam adhesive to adhere these split panels.

For the sentiment, I used another phrase from the Famiy, Together We Have It All Phrase Cards paper pad. I fuzzy cut the 'hello' part. I cut the 'there' into a banner with fishtail edges. I traced the letters using the Uniball Signo Broad pen. I added a dot of white Ranger Enamel Accents to the ends of the label.

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

Maria Giselle B.



Monday, November 6, 2017

Digital Image Christmas Ornament



Hello! We have a new challenge at Incy Wincy Designs Challenge Blog. The challenge is entitled "Not A Card." The challenge title speaks for itself. Create anything as long as it is not a card. I am using a digital image from our challenge sponsor, Rick St. Dennis. I printed the image on Neenah Solar White cardstock. I also printed it as a mirror image.  I colored the image using Copic markers. I adhered the images back to back with the use of a light tracer light box to get a perfect alignment of the image. I suggest to use a temporary adhesive on the top portion of the angel. This will allow you to add the thread loop after fuzzy cutting the images. Then, that's the time you can add a stronger adhesive to seal the mirrored images, sandwiching the thread loop. Ask me how I know? =)

I fuzzy cut the image. I added a metallic thread in between the mirrored images using a strong adhesive. I painted a light blue Stickles to the angel's dress. I drew in the piping of the angel's gown with a black glitter gel pen. I colored the stars in the angel's dress with a yellow Spica glitter pen. I applied clear Wink of Stella to the angel's wings. And, I heat embossed Wow! White Puff Powder to the clouds. I used a glue pen to make the powder adhere before heat setting it. I applied clear Nuvo Crystal Drops on the angel's halo, and allowed this to dry.


I plan to create a batch of these handmade ornament to be given to my son's class for Christmas. I have a long time to work on that, right?

I hope I gave you some inspiration that images can also be used beyond cards. Please join us in this challenge. I can't wait to see what you come up with. Have a blessed and brilliant day!

Maria Giselle B.




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Thursday, November 2, 2017

Cricut Spider Magnets


Belated Happy Halloween, to you all! This year, I didn't come up with a treat bag. I was going to do some crafting for a game for my Kindergartener's Halloween Classroom party but due to time constraint, we could not add the game. Instead, I created a non-candy give away.

I purchased the spider image from Cricut Design Space. Working with the CDS is very easy. Just type in the image you would like to cut and it will show the images available. Editing your image is easy with CDS. I moved the spider's eyes from the bottom part of its head to the top part. This image is a tag. I just cut off the tag part on the spider layer. With the bottom layer, I removed the notch by duplicating this layer, rotating it and welding both layers together to come up with a closed curved edged square.


I use a white cardstock for the back layer. I applied Ranger Multi Matte to the area which will show in front as eyes of the spider. I was going to use glow in the dark embossing powder which I ordered online. My order is still being processed so I used glow in the dark glitter which I bought from Hobby Lobby. I applied the glitter to the glued area and allowed it to dry.

I heat embossed the sentiment using Ranger Holograuphic embossing powder. I applied Ranger Multi Matte to the spider legs and poured Martha Stewart flocking powder to make the spider fuzzy. I wasn't happy on how much powder adhered to the glue. I might have to try other liquid adhesives next time for the flocking powder.


I adhered the back layer to the back of the spider making sure the glitter shows through the holes of the eyes. I applied Ranger Glossy Accents to the eyes and allowed this to dry. It looks really neat after it dried. It looks like black enamel accents. I adhered the magnet to the back of the spider.

I wish I can have a photo of the spider's eyes as it glows in the dark but the glow is not enough to be captured in photo. Sigh!

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

Maria Giselle B.

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Monday, October 16, 2017

Watercolor Galaxy Background Trifold Spinner Card


It is a new challenge at Incy Wincy Designs. Our challenge for the next two weeks is on Dress Up! The image I am using on this card is from Limited Runs, one of our two sponsors for this challenge.

I am using Strathmore Watercolor paper, cut a sheet in half, making it 9"x6", then scored it at 4.5". This will be slightly larger than an A2 card for now but I will be trimming off the edges to make it an A2 sized card. I taped this to a board to lessen the warping of the paper as I watercolor. I applied a wider tape next to the score line to protect that side of the card. Using a flat brush, I applied water to the area. I am using Kuretake Gansai Tambi, dropping in colors to the wet area and allowing the water to spread the color. I dried this using a heat gun. I applied black and blue watercolor on top of the dried colors. I picked up some of the water using a paper towel. I dried this using a heat gun.


I uploaded the images to Cricut Design Space so I can print and cut it using the Cricut. Saved me time in fussy cutting =). I flipped the image to create a mirror image. I colored the images with Copic markers. I added details to the dress with a metallic pen to create the dots. I applied clear Wink of Stella to the moon. I added Ranger Glossy Accent to the wings. Now, the image is dressed up like a fairy. I adhered a floss of DMC thread to the back and sandwiched this with the mirror images.

I die cut a circle on one of the watercolored cards and on a piece of white cardstock which will serve as a backing to hide the string. I stamped stars around the circle window using several Lawn Fawn stamps (Lucky Stars and Yay Kites stamp sets). I heat embossed this with Wow! Metallic Gold Rich Regular embossing powder.


I positioned the string image to the center of the circle. I adhered the string to the back of the card front. I sandwiched this string with the white cardstock. I adhered the other watercolored panel to the inside of the card to create the trifold mechanism. I stamped a sentiment on the inner watercolored panel using a Lawn Fawn stamp (Lucky Stars), then heat embossed it in white powder.

I hope you join us in today's challenge at Incy Wincy. Hope to see your creations soon!

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

Maria Giselle B.



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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Create Your Own Background for a Scrapbook Layout


Winnie and Walter Blog held several challenges last Saturday for the World Cardmaking Day. I always enjoy joining their challenges. Something I will definitely look forward to next year.

I am participating in the Anything But A Card Challenge with Kelly. With the only W&W stamp set that I own, I created this layout featuring my sons' photos taken during last year's Picture Day. My scrapbook layout is sized at 9 1/4"x12". I die cut a white cardstock using a Mama Elephant stitched rectangle die from the ME Peek-A-Frame Creative Cuts. I repeatedly stamped a descriptive word from the W&W The Big, Bold And You stamp set using a grey dye ink. I inked the edges by blending Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pumice Stone. 


I stamped the 'you' sentiment on vellum using Versafine Onyx Black ink. I embossed this with a clear embossing powder. For the subsentiment, I stamped it on black strip cardstock and heat embossed it with white embossing powder. 





I randomly adhered some Studio Calico and Lucy's Cards silver star sequins as a finishing touch.

I hope you find inspiration in this creation to look at your stash of stamps to create something other than a card.

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

Maria Giselle B.

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Saturday, October 7, 2017

Happy World Cardmaking Day!


Hello! Happy World Cardmaking day to everyone who loves to create cards, and also, to those who loves receiving cards. I hope you are having a brilliant celebration where ever you are. Here is my way of taking part in this holiday that truly means a lot to me. I hope you like it.


I am mostly using My Favorite Things for this card. For the flowers and stems, I used Fresh Cut Flowers die. For the sentiment, I used Mason Jar Labels stamp set and its matching die, Mason Jar Mug. I used the Circle STAX die for the circle border. I stamped the Typewriter Text Background on the panel behind the flowers using MFT Kraft dye ink.

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

Maria Giselle B.

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Monday, October 2, 2017

Unicorn Celebration Pop-up Box Cards


Hello! It is a new challenge at Incy Wincy Designs Blog. Our theme for this challenge is on Celebrations. I am using a digital set image from one of our awesome sponsors for this challenge, Diddybag. The first time I saw these unicorn images, I knew I was going to have fun playing with it. Aren't they adorable? This set only comes in color but I am fortunate that the owner of Diddybag, Nell, and my co-DT, Nikki, helped me in transforming the images into transparent ones so I can color it.

I printed the images on white Neenah cardstock and colored it with Prisma color pencils, adding accents here and there. I fuzzy cut the unicorns leaving a small white border around each image.

This is not the first time I made a box card. I created a box card before using a Cricut digital cut and stamped images. Here is the link, in case you are interested, WPlus9 Pretty Peonies Card In A Box. But this box card is slim and tall. I want it short and wide. Good thing, I watched this video by Laura Bassen on how to create your own pop-up box card. There are also cutting dies out in the market that makes the steps to creating a box card very simple.

I created three different cards so I can make use of the unicorn images. The set has 10 and unfortunately, I only used 9. But I will use the last unicorn to decorate the envelope as I send one of the box cards to a friend who just had a baby.

For all three box cards, I am using the Taylored Expression Rolling Clouds die and Paper Smooches Rainbow Wise die.



For this baby card, I used a light blue cardstock. I die cut the flaps using Mama Elephant Borderline Trios Creative Cuts. I sponged the edges with SSS Sea Glass dye ink. The sentiment is from Mama Elephant Just Hatched stamp set. It was heat embossed using Hero Arts white embossing powder. I lined the clouds with Ranger Glossy Accent, then poured Tim Holtz Distress Glitter Clear Rock Candy over this. I set this aside to dry.



For this box card, I used a light pink cardstock. I die cut the flaps using Concord & 9th Bags & Tags die. I sponged the edges with Tim Holtz Tattered Rose Distress Ink . The sentiment is from Ellen Hutson Spread the Sparkle stamp set. The bolder sentiment was heat embossed using Simon Says Stamp Rose Gold embossing powder. I applied Stickles Star Dust on the edge of the clouds.



For this box card, I used a cream cardstock. I trimmed a plaid patterned paper from Authentique slightly smaller than the flaps. I ran the Lawn Fawn Stitched Border dies on the edges. The sentiment is from the same stamp set I used in the previous box card. I added some Pretty Pink Posh Sparkling Clear Confetti Mix to the rainbow. For the clouds, it might be hard to see on the photos but I heat embossed the edges with the use of a Versamark pen and Ranger Holographic embossing powder. 


It was such a joy creating these boxes. I hope you create something to show what you are celebrating right now. Thank you for visiting my blog. I hope you come again.

Maria Giselle B.


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