Hello friends!  Hope you had a great weekend!  I’m so tired!  I forgot how much work it takes to put together a garage sale!  We had a nice day for it and it was a great turn out!  We are happy to have gotten rid of those big items in our way around the house.  We ended up donating the rest that did not sell.  Thinking of this, I probably need to go through my craft stash and do the same…but somehow, it’s just so much harder to decide what to keep and what not to…the pile ends up changing eventually! LOL!

If you remember, I have also been participating in the ICAD 2018 challenge which I have been going into my craft studio each day and creating at least once a day.  I can share with you the results of that each week as go, so be looking for that soon!

Today I have some fun “underwater” items to share:


This card was made from the Brutus Monroe Inspiration Box (sold out).  I recieved it a couple of months ago and it helped get me some much needed inspiration that I hadn’t had for a while.  (It’s a long story and probably one best not to type up here.)  Along with a fun painting retreat that I had went to in April this year…it was all the kick start I needed and then came the inspiration to blog again!  I am happy that I did as I missed sharing my art and communicating with my fellow crafty friends here! 🙂

If you haven’t checked out the Brutus Monroe company yet, I highly recommend you check out their products and what they have!  I am very impressed with the embossing powders, inks and a few other items!  Everything I have received, I have been pleased with.  Wish I could share everything I have received from this kit, but I will just share the creations that I’ve made for now.

For the card above, I wanted most of the card to look underwater and that’s where I’ve used the vellum from the kit and die cut out a wave at the top of it.  I stamped the shoe image from above, the fish and underwater background stamp and colored with Copics.  I added the sentiment banner and the awesome two toned pearls over the top.  The edges of the vellum were sponged with blue ink (from the kit) and I added some blue sparkle on the waves.  All papers came from kit.


Next, I have this really cool Jumb Tag from Brutus Monroe (looks like that’s sold out too!) that I’ve decorated with contents from this same kit!  I’ve used this cool cover die (also BM) and instead of die cutting with it, I’ve used it for embossing.  Before I used the die, I covered the background with some distress inks and splashed some water dropplets over it.  I colored the images with my Copic markers, fussy cut them out and attached to the background.  The embossing powder I’ve used for the sentiment at the top is from Brutus Monroe also and it was called “mermaid tail”.  The green glitter strips and the ribbon at the bottom were from the kit and I attached those as part of my background.  The sea shell sequins at the top came from the kit as well as those awesome scale accents.  This was such a fun kit to play with and a fun tag to put together!


Here’s closer view of the images colored up.  Hard to see in the photos, but I have covered the mermaid’s eyes as well as the fish eyes with some glossy accents.  You can also see how cool looking those fish scale flat backs are…love the different shimmery colors in it!  And to give you an idea of the size of the tag, it’s 4″ x 8″!

Hope you’ve enjoyed my underwater creations today and I’ll see you again with more of what I’ve been crafting!  Have a great day!

I would like to enter mermaid tag in following challenge(s):

  1.  Hand Stamped Sentiments (HSSIC291)– inspirational photo:

Hand Stamped Sentiment291

2.  Cupcake Inspiration Challenge (CIC447) – Magical Creatures


Author: *Vicki*

I'm so happy you found me! I love to share smiles with my handmade cards! I also enjoy papercrafts through art journaling, scrapooking and mixed media projects too! I would love for you to join my blog for updates with my creative art journey! Thanks for stopping by!

34 thoughts on “Shello”

  1. Your card and tag are super cute, creative, and fun Vicki! Love the underwater scene on the card and the vellum looks great on there. Gives it a murky look which is exactly what it looks like underwater sometimes. Love them both.
    Bless you heart for even attempting a card a day for that other challenge too! !

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  2. Great job bringing us under the sea! Your backgrounds are awesome! I have never heard of that stamp company so I am off to check it out! Hope you make lots of cash at your garage sale so you can invest in more stamps!!

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  3. Hi Vicki! I really like these underwater themed crafts! The vellum overtop is a fun idea and I also love the bright tag! Super duper! I am too lazy for yard sales, unless someone will combine with me. So much work, glad you got rid of the stuff you wanted to.


  4. The underwater scene is so much fun, especially with the hooked boot! LOL Love how the vellum gives the illusion of being submerged, and the tag looks fabby with that cleverly used die for embossing! Wonderful job on everything!

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  5. Hi Vicki! I’m so glad you’ve started blogging again and so glad you stopped by Hand Stamped Sentiments. I love both your projects. They are so detailed and full of textures. Such visual yumminess! I can see your bursting with creativity. Thanks for sharing it with our inspiration challenge.


  6. You blew me away with your amazing underwater scene Vicki. The vellum did the trick. The red sinkers bobbling partly on top of the water is genies! Your tag is gob smackin’ gorgeous and so beautifully coloured. Love the bling!


  7. Oh Vicki, it is an absolute JOY to see you back on your blog! Welcome ‘home!’ Sometimes it’s just best to leave unsaid prayers unspoken and just start afresh – and here you are! Each of your cards, bursting with your signature vivid colors and fabulous designs makes me smile. Great job! And, on a personal note, I am so sorry to see that Mocha isn’t here with us on this heavenly earth ~ my utmost hugs for you ♥


    1. So happy you have stopped by my friend! I appreciate your kind thoughts. I know Mocca has crossed the rainbow bridge and will be waiting for me some day. HUGS


  8. Every. Single. Day??? You’re my hero! I just can’t stop smiling…love the vellum idea for your water! Girl, I don’t even know how to tell you how happy I am that you’re back here, and how much I missed your creativity! Glad your garage sale went well! Hugs…!


  9. Oh what fun ‘under the sea’ creations Vicki!! I love all of the images on the card and the added vellum, it’s such an awesome look! AND omgosh that tag is adorable, I love how you embossed the background and that mermaid is such a cutie!
    Hugs, Tammy


  10. Sensational underwater designs, Vicki!! What beautiful work!!! Love the vellum overlay on the card!! What fun!


  11. Ooo, I’m loving the “underwater” effect you got with the vellum, Vicki! The mermaid is also delightful and I love all the sparkle.


  12. Super adorable mermaid card! Thank you for joining us this week over at Cupcake Inspiration Challenges.
    -Sandy, DT


  13. Your tag is lovely – such vibrant bright colours – I’ve recently been re-doing tags and doing a tag swap on my FB group I run – they are great fun – thanks for joining us at Hand Stamped sentiments this week


  14. What lovely card and tag. Super colouring skill you have! that tag is so magical with that beautiful mermaid. Thank you for playing with us with your magical creature at Cupcake Inspirations. Hugs~ Ishani


  15. Both of your cards are so cute! I love the “shello” sentiment! Thank you for joining us at Hand Stamped Sentiments.


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