And now…for something completely different! (cue the Monty Python music!) I’m not normally a kit gal. Or a patterned paper gal. Or a sketch gal. Or…well, all I usually do is color. Ha! But my dear friend Kristie is on the design team for Love from Lizi, and asked every so shyly if I’d consider using a Lizi kit sometime. It’s hard to say no to someone as sweet as Kristie!

Lizi sent me the July kit – and if you want to see every item in it in detail (each paper, etc), go watch Kristie’s unboxing video. Mine has a fast overview of the kit, then jumps into my crazy cards!

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Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

As I said I’ve rarely used patterned paper now for years – but in figuring out “how” to use them, I always liked sketches back in the day. Which reminded me that I hadn’t told folks that I moved the OWH sketches over here to my blog when the website went belly up. (I don’t want to pay hundreds of dollars to keep up the site now that the org is long closed, so figured this would be easier.) So you can see all the sketches in a giant PDF over on this page:

It felt like being back in OWH days to make cards with sketches and paper again like these – kind of a refreshing little crafty vacation!

The images were all colored with the same basic scene – sand at the bottom (E31 and maybe E33 or E35 for darks), water (B45 and B97 with white pen) and sky (B41 to be a duller color to match the papers).

Curly girl…..her bow is pieced from the same paper as I used in the background, and the little “banner” in the bottom right was replaced with a loose collection of epoxy dots. The image panel is larger than was on the sketch, too.

The camera ate my coloring footage – lol – but I stamped her drink FIRST then stamped her, masking out that umbrella with a sticky note. I flipped the angle on the kittywompus panel, and I actually layered the patterned paper AND image with the same color as the card base. The purple strips match her little swimsuit, and are an easy addition since they’re peel off stickers.

I debated whether this gal needed the long tall panel beneath her – but the patterned paper in the mid panel was SO busy I needed to pick something with less contrast between its colors so she’d pop out. Otherwise she got lost in all that little detail in the patterns.

I adhered the patterned papers to the stamped image BEFORE coloring it with the greys – which makes it look like it’s all dimensional. You did know you can color right over patterned paper, right? Whee! The little flower and leaf had white outlines when I had cut them out, but I decided they needed heavy black outlines to coordinate with the strength of contrast in the rest of the card. And that little scalloped border is actually five punched circles of patterned paper!

I did paper piecing on her bow, swimsuit, and surfboard….I added a strip across the middle because I wanted to use the last scrap of pink paper, but since I didn’t have a single long strip, there’s just one part sticking out of the left and one from the right – no one but you knows about my little cheat, so don’t tell anyone!

Last but not least – this one had footage that disappeared entirely. Yeah, gremlins haunted me after returning from my trip! I picked a simpler sketch so I could use this pretty pink cardstock from the kit.

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