Coming down the wire!

Well, guys…we are just finishing up the final stuff for the Spring Blog Hop for Love from Lizi. Remember to check out my blog on March 1st, 2017 at 10:00 am when I go live, as well as all of the blogs on the hop – then leave a comment so that you can enter to win a sold-out March kit or £20 to use in her shop! I love the stuff in her shop…just keep buying and buying…LOL

But onto other things still going on. I am finished with my 10 Cards – 1 Kit (plus 1 special card for the Blog Hop) and without any more fanfare…

Card one – this card is a side-fold white cardstock but on the narrow end…one of those “oops, the card’s turned wrong! Oh, well..” moments. But it still turned out beautiful. The beautiful rose damask paper from the February Love from Lizi kit is the background. I fussy cut the birds and floral arrangement out from one of the other papers in the kit. I was going to stamp “Happy Mother’s Day” on the strip of silver mirror paper at the bottom, but it didn’t seem to work the way I wanted it to, so I just left it blank. I edged the patterned paper along the seam with the mirror paper using the branch pinstripes from the kit, and also at the top of the card. I cut three banners – one from the silver mirror cardstock, one from the rose damask paper, and one from the back of the bright floral paper in the kit…a pretty pearlescence pattern… then topped them off with graduated sparkly enamel drops in the light purple. Of course, that wasn’t enough, so I had to paint the whole bird and flower cut-out with clear Wink of Stella! It’s hard to see in the photo but it’s pretty!

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Card two is a mixture of a lot of stuff from the kit. One a top-fold white card base, I glued another piece of the rose damask paper, paired it with the sparkly striped pattern paper and added a strip of the branch pinstripe at their seam. I fussy cut a peacock from one of the other patterned papers and glued that over the rose damask paper. Then I cut a square from the purple glitter paper included and a square from a piece of kraft paper (just a shade smaller), which I then stamped “Happy Mother’s Day” in the purple pigment included in the kit. A few sequins here and there and some sequin pieces glued to the peacock’s tail…and its done!

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The third card was a very simple card. I used one of the beautiful patterned papers in the kit – the one with roses – and glued this to a top-folding kraft card base. I coated the center flower grouping with clear Wink of Stella (about 4 coats!) and then topped it off with Glossy Accents. I edged both sides – left and right – with the branch pinstripe. The kit came with wooden embellishments, so I used one of the roses…water-colored it from my pencils then topped it off with…guess what…clear Wink of Stella! LOL A strip of the purple patterned ribbon in the kit went along the bottom half where I glued the rose on the right side. I cut a banner from the kraft cardstock and stamped it with “Happy Mother’s Day” from the purple pigment ink in the kit. I tied off a strip of the purple ribbon in the top and glued it down on the bottom left side. Two light purple and two dark purple enamel dots finished it off!

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My fourth card is very bright! I used a piece of bright yellow cardstock from my stash…I can’t remember from which store and glued it down to a top-folded white card base. I fussy cut another one of the patterned papers to create a carved strip on one side. I cut a piece of the silver mirror paper with a scalloped tag die, then one a shade smaller out of the yellow cardstock. I stamped the yellow cardstock with “Happy Mother’s Day” in the purple pigment ink, then glued on top of the silver mirror cardstock. Gluing this down in the lower right corner, I added a yellow silk flower with pearls right beside it. I used another one of the wooden embellishments – butterflies – and watercolored this trying to match the orange in the patterned paper. A few of the light purple enamel dots to finish it off.

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My fifth card turned out really nice, if I do say so myself! LOL I used the pearlescent floral paper from the kit for the background on a top-folding white card base. I die cut a scalloped frame from the silver mirror paper, then stamped a piece of watercolor paper with the beautiful bird and flower stamp included in the kit. I then attempted to use my new Zig Watercolor Brushes to paint the stamp. It isn’t great, but it was the first time I used them. This I die cut it to fit behind the silver frame. Another scalloped tag die cut from the purple glitter paper, and one from white cardstock a shade smaller, which was then stamped with the purple pigment ink for the same sentiment…after all, these cards are all for my friends for Mother’s Day! A few of the dark purple enamel dots finished it off. I LOVE this pearlescent floral paper! I really need to order some more! LOL

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The sixth card is a top-folding card base in kraft. I glued the pale green damask pattern paper to this and edged it with the branch pinstripes on the left and right. I made a tiny envelope from kraft cardstock and glued that down. I then spent hours…and hours…and hours…no, not really…fussy cutting out some butterflies from another pattern paper in the kit. I glued them down just in their center and folded back the wings a bit to look more realistic and 3D. They are “flying” out of the envelope…or supposed to be. I didn’t like how the envelope turned out, so I kinda covered it with a square of another paper from the kit with the same stamped sentiment. Another ribbon from the kit tied in a bow, and a few more enamel dots to finish the card. It’s really pretty…

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My seventh card had me a little flummoxed…I tried to do it one way, and it wouldn’t work the way I wanted it to…so I had to try to figure out another pattern. I went on the Love from Lizi Facebook page, where others are creating beautiful cards from their kits, to get a few ideas to jump start a new pattern. The results were corners cut from the rose damask paper, popped up with some foam tape and edged with the branch pinstripes on a side-folded kraft card base. Then alternated the yellow washi tape in the kit, with the purple polka dot ribbon to create stripes. I used one of the cardstock embellishments in the kit – the round one with the tiny butterflies, die cut another circle stamped with my sentiment, and popped it up in the center of the butterfly tag. Using some silver ribbon from my stash, I tied off a piece at the top of the tag. A few of the enamel dots in dark purple and light purple finished it off.

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My eighth card I used a long top-folding white card base. I glued a strip of the silver mirror cardstock to the lower portion, then another fussy cut piece from the green floral paper topped this off. The three wooden bird embellishments from the kit were painted with the Zigs…a little better…then glued along the top white portion. A silver ribbon bow finished it off. I’m still contemplating painting the birds with a coat of clear Wink of Stella…hmmm. (I noticed later that my phone is showing in the mirror card at the bottom…sorry about that. I’m still learning to photograph the cards!)

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The ninth card was relatively easy…I just had to use the rest of that beautiful pearlescent floral paper! The piece I had left wasn’t quite wide enough, so I cut thin strips from the sparkly striped paper and edged both sides with that. I had an oval of the silver mirri paper left from one of the other cards, so I centered that and glued it down. At first, I stamped my sentiment in the center with the purple pigment ink and then heat embossed it with the Nuvo Purple Haze embossing powder (that I bought from Lizi’s shop!), but I didn’t like how it turned out…so I cut a circle a little smaller than the last die cut tag from the kit – the one with the smaller pattern of the floral paper – stamped my sentiment in the center then centered it in the scalloped tag. I popped it up with a few foam dots and tied a little pink bow to cover up the small hole from the tag. I then added a few medium sized light purple and dark purple enamel dots and it was done!
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The tenth card took a little working on…I wanted to use the rest of the sparkly striped paper, but I also HAD to make a shaker card! I didn’t want to cut an oval out of the paper, but I had an oval in white cardstock that I used instead. I stamped the sentiment in the purple pigment ink, then placed the oval inside a plastic pocket. I sprinkled the sequins from the kit inside then fuzed the oval inside the pocket (I put a little glue tape on the back to hold it straight in the pocket). Then using a bead spoon, I spooned in the sequins and centered in the oval. With my fuze tool, I then circled the oval on the outside- twice. I cut it as close as I dared, but still had to go over a tiny spot that didn’t seal the first time. After trimming the oval, I stretched the branch pinstripe one way around. Then I did it again the opposite direction…this gave it a kind of branch frame that turned out nice. I glued the oval down well, but still felt it needed a little more securing…so I added some more dark purple and light purple enamel dots to anchor it a bit. Plain and simple, but pretty!

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Well, that’s it for my 10 Cards – 1 Kit from the Love from Lizi February Monthly Kit. The blog hop is only a few days away so make sure you stop back in on the 1st of March to check out what I made special from this kit, then hop on over to everyone else on the blog hop to see what beautiful creations they came up with. Don’t forget to post a comment on each blog – mine included – so that you are entered to win either one of the sold-out March kits or £20 (around $24.00 for those of us in the states…as of 9:30p EST on February 25th) to use in Lizi’s store!

Ta-ta for now, fellow crafters! See you on the flip side!

Love, Laura

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