Love from Lizi Unboxing: Doing more with your creative time

It’s here, it’s here! Sketches are on paper as we were inspired to do a bit more with this kit than craft! The kit is very patriotic with different red, white and blue shades so we are going to send cards and letters to Active Duty military members and veterans, too. (Women can be overlooked while they’re deployed so there are options to spread the kindness of LFL Group!) You can drop a few cards at a VA Hospital & they’ll give it to someone not receiving a lot of support or mail. (Call ahead about their protocol as it can change for porous items.) Jen has enjoyed supporting the troops and veterans for well over a decade, so recommendations are based on personal experience & ease of use. It’s really easy to show our support with all of the tools available today! You can “adopt” someone to send letters, a few care packages (optional) to remind them that we have their backs while they serve to protect ours! If you live close to a training facility for the National Guard, a base, or USO, they are also good options to donate your time. Also, will recommend a few organizations for international outreach. Hope you join us by sending 1 card or letter!

Charities & Organizations to consider:

  • AnySoldier.com (worldwide) They are a small organization with big heart! You can write 1 letter or a bunch to any military member & even
  • Soldiers’ Angels: soldiersangels.org (You can “adopt” a military member from any branch, serving all over the world while they’re deployed. Or, you can join a card & crafts team that sends encouragement, thoughts and prayers, uplifting cards. A good reason to make cards! 🙂
  • Honor Flight, honorflight.org Allowing the Greatest Generation to see Washington, D.C. & their monument
  • the Salvation Army, salvationarmyusa.org (Veteran Affairs)
  • Disabled Amarican Veterans, DAV http://www.dav.org
  • Landstuhl Hospital Card Project, http://www.landstuhlhospitalcareproject.org
  • No pressure, everyone!!!! We simply wanted to kick it up a notch with this kit! Cards coming soon, take care! ~The Platinum Peacock Team

Watercoloring with Nuvo Mousse

(Mixed Media for Her 2) Also male friendly if you ask us!

When we decided to start a blog, we wanted it to be different. To be honest, we didn’t want to push new items constantly without trying our best to use the products in a creative way or technique(s). Crafting is a creative adventure to us, as one can always learn and discover a new craft, technique, and a world of products. In our opinion, this is why card kits are so popular. It’s really easy to move on when you have leftovers from a kit, but if you really love a kit, why not try to use it all? Enter our Nuvo Mousse watercolor technique! A damp finger dobber or make up sponge worked as our brush in this instance and watercolor paper are all you need to create this look with Nuvo mousse! You can use heavy cardstock if you don’t have watercolor paper. However, I opted to use my favorite affordable watercolor paper because I knew I’d be using multiple colors which would mean a bit more water for blending. *Another plus: the mousse allows you to build a bit of texture when you’re blending your color(s)! Win, Win! Stay Crafty, my friends! Thank you so much for your subscriptions & comments! It’s very encouraging! “Ingredients” listed below.

All Nuvo colors from top to bottom on card front: Lemon Sorbet, Indian Gold, Spring Green and Pacific Teal. Products for this card: Canson Watercolor Paper, Nuvo Broad Tip Glue Pen, matte medium, glossy accents, sanding tool from Prima, finger dobber & make up sponge, mini water bottle. Extra blue rhinestones & chipboard piece from LovefromLizi. Nuvo Mousse colors from LovefromLizi: Lemon Sorbet & Spring Green. Indian Gold & Pacific Teal were from Amazon.

5 Different Cards for Her

We have 5 very different and unique cards – from clean and simple, classic and even modern chic… There’s a card design for many occasions AND almost everything came from our stash! DO NOT FORGET there will be an announcement about our Love from Lizi Kit Giveaway on 5/15/2017! We have the honor of giving away an entire SOLD OUT kit from Love from Lizi, so stay tunned!

Happy Mother’s Day from the Platinum Peacock Team!

 

Heat Embossed Butterfly Card

Ready to use your stash a bit differently? Try our heat embossed #sprayembossingpowder technique for a refreshing take on heat embossing that allows you to enjoy crafting more, too! We allowed SOME of the granules of embossing powder to stay on the card & melted them on, taking full advantage of the texture and shine of the melted powder. We used 3 butterfly stamps from LovefromLizi but any stamps would work for this. This technique works for larger sentiments with brush lettering or a die cut sentiment because of the building up of a few layers of embossing powders, tiny sentiments may not be as easy to read. It never hurts to try a heat embossing a stamped sentiment on scrap paper using this technique to see how it works for you. You many be surprised! Or, you can simply die cut your sentiment out of specialty paper to add after you’re done with embossing like we did. The effect is fun, easy and unique. This card was in our 10 cards, 1 kit video but we wanted to cover the technique more thoroughly here:

Mixed Media Made Simple

 

 

We know many people are intimidated by the thought of Mixed Media but really, it’s crafting with another material besides paper… Some argue that it’s any other type of substrate or material, medium with as little, if any, paper at all. At Platinum Peacock, this argument about how much, if any, paper is allowed creates unnecessary confusion.

What is one to do? We don’t believe in crafting commandments but guidelines, such as odd numbers tend to look best. So, ratios of how much paper is involved doesn’t concern us too terribly much. There are some wonderfully talented mixed media artists out there but never forget that you are in charge of your creative journey. So, experiment a bit with us and see what you like. We have a fun, affordable, easy and fast card idea using mixed media principles. You can add as much detail as you’d like, as you see above in the pictures. The tag is card #10 in the video below:

Home Card

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In today’s post we feature a card idea you can use as either a “Welcome Home” card or a housewarming card.  We used a wood grain patterned paper as the background.  A white doily from the February Love from Lizi kit, accented with Nuvo drops serves as the centerpiece.

Next we used dies and silver mirror card from the February kit to make the two keys.  We used some die cut letters we had in our stash to spell out Home.  As a finishing touch, we added a wooden heart we had left over from the January Lizi kit.  Instructions on how to make this card can be found by watching the video below.

Triple Rosette Thinking of You Card

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Today we’d like to share with you a Thinking of You card that we made with elements from the March 2017 Love from Lizi kit.  We used gray patterned paper backed with fun foam as the background of the card.  We made two of the rosettes by hand using yellow doilies that we inked with Delicata Gold ink.  We placed buttons from the kit in the center of the doilies to finish them off.  The third doily is a heart-shaped doily from a set that we purchased from the Lizi store.

We used a Crafter’s Companion die and silver paper from the lid of a take home box from a restaurant to make the Thinking of You sentiment.  We mixed Lemon Sorbet Nuvo Mousse with water in a mini mister and then sprayed it on the Thinking of You sentiment to add additional color.

We used Pale Gold and Liquid Mercury Nuvo Crystal Drops to create the three drop embellishments.  We used the swirl technique described in our previous Nuvo Drop blog post to mix the colors together.  We finished the card off with a piece of lace ribbon the January Lizi kit.  Instructions on how to make this card can be found in the video below.

 

Music Stand Card

 

In this installment we used elements from the Love from Lizi March card kit to create a card that replicates a wooden music stand from an old piano.  We used Dovecraft cocoa brown ink to cover the entire front of the card to create the wood look.  We tore up some of the music note paper from the kit and inked the edges.  We backed the paper with fun foam to add dimension.  We used twine from the kit to make a bookmark and added a silver heart we cut by using a Lawn Fawn die.

On the inside we added a “Just a Note” embellishment that we made using a Lawn Fawn die and a “With Love” sentiment from the March Lizi kit.  We underlined both using an oval white line peel-off from the Lizi Kit.  As a finishing touch we added a heart die cut (from the January Lizi kit) that we positioned over the top of the back of the card like a paperclip.  A demonstration of how to make this card can be found in the video below:

 

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The No Cardstock Card

Take your Love from Lizi card kit to the next level with this clean & simple design. No cardstock left?  No problem.  We used the empty box that the March Lizi kit was shipped to us in to cut out a piece of cardboard to use as the card’s base.

We blended 3 colors of Nuvo Mousse to create the watercolor finish on the front of the card.  We used a Just for You sentiment from the March Lizi kit.  The butterflies were cut using dies from the same kit.  For instructions on how to make this unique card check out the video below.

 

 

 

Secret Garden Card

With Spring just around the corner we decided to present what we are calling our “Secret Garden” card.  The front features a wooden door look with a key hole.  We used a Crafters Companion wood grain embossing folder to get the wood grain look and texture.  We then used Dovecraft pigment ink in Natural (from the Love from Lizi) & Distress ink to give the wood some color variation. We used tag dies to create the layered elements of the lock.  The screw heads were made using copper penny Nuvo Drops (see our How to Make Your Own Embellishments with Nuvo Drops post for more details).

To finish off the front we used a key die from the February Love from Lizi kit to cut silver mirror card (also from the kit).  We then used ribbon and a wooden butterfly embellishment from the February Lizi kit.  We lightly inked the butterfly with Berry Purple Dovecraft ink (also from the kit) and placed a drop Pink Champaign Nuvo Glitter Drops in the center.  Than, we added the antennae on the butterfly using silver vine peel offs from the February as a finishing touch.

On the inside we used some beautiful floral paper from the February Lizi kit.  We added grass using colored pencils.  We used more Nuvo Crystal Drops to highlight the centers of the flowers.  Finally we fussy cut some butterflies from a page of paper from the Lizi kit. For details & easy step by step instructions, please refer to the video:

 

We hope you’ll try this card for someone special in your life!