Fussy Cut Falling Flowers for Fall

Hello friends!  Happy weekend!  I’m actually excited about it being the weekend!  This weekend is a nice long holiday weekend so I can spend time with hubby!  Yay!  However, I won’t be resting on my blog as there are lots of fun things going on since it’s the start of a new month!  So be sure to keep stopping by to see what’s going on!  🙂

Today is my turn on the Brutus Monroe Blog to share my inspirational team project and I was inspired by the letter ‘F’ basically!  I took out some flowers and fussy cut them and colored them in happy Fall like colors.

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I’ve taken the gorgeous Brutus Monroe Inked Flowers stamp set and settled on about 3 different sized floral images to work with along with a couple of leaves.  I’ve colored them with both Stylefile Markers from Brutus Monroe as well as Copic markers and then cut them out with my Brutus Monroe fussy cutting scissors…I set them aside.

I took a piece of BM Alabaster cardstock along with some BM masking paper and began working in the flowers for the background with BM Raven Detail Ink.  I made a mask for them as a went along and worked my way up.  After I was done, I took an ink foam blending tool and some BM Sea Surface Ink to sponge around the top and side of the panel.  I attached the flowers on with BM glue and some BM foam tape.  (I used the thicker foam tape for the largest flower.)

For the banner, I heat embossed the sentiment from the BM Super Sentimental stamp set  over some BM Raven cardstock with BM Alabaster white EP and cut it into a banner and attached it to the card.  Lastly, I took out the sequins from this month’s Inspiration Box as they looked like an orange-y type color and glued a few of those on and then added some gold glitter to the centers.

I attached the Alabaster floral panel over a piece of BM Phonebook cardstock and then mounted that over an A2 sized top folding Raven cardstock base.

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Here’s closer look at the flowers and how I’ve colored them in.  I’ve used both BM Stylefile Markers and Copics to color these with as I don’t have too many of the Stylefile markers in my stash yet, but hope to get more as the price point is nice!

You can better see the sequins that I’ve used.  I actually had one of them laying on my table while I was assembling this card and thought the color matched up nicely with it.  Otherwise, I would’ve never thought to get those out to use on this particular card!  You never know what could be lurking on your table un-used! LOL!

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I hope you’ve enjoyed my card today with the ‘F’ inspired feelings!  🙂

Thanks for stopping in today!  Please be sure to join us over at the Brutus Monroe Fan FB Group and share your Brutus Monroe creations with us!  We’d love to see what you’ve been making!

Enjoy your weekend and I’ll see you tomorrow!!

Challenges I’d like to enter this card for:

  1.  Inkspirational – photo challengeChallenge194
  2. Addicted to Stamps and More – Anything GoesAnything Goes badge
  3. The House That Stamps Built – A2819 Anything Goes
  4. Simon Says Stamp Wednesday – Anything Goes
  5. Creative Knockouts – Something To Say

Anything BUT a Card for Cute Card Thursday – Calendars Finished!

Hello friends!  We are already here on the last Thursday of August!  I can’t believe we are already getting close to the end of the year soon!  Time seems to just go by so fast for me anymore!

Today stars a brand new challenge over at Cute Card Thursday and for this week we’d like to see your “Anything BUT a Card” creations!  We look forward to seeing what you all come up with!

So I bet you thought that I had forgotten about my finishing up those calendars?  Well as soon as I saw that this was the last week of the month, I went to try and find the next month and of course it wasn’t there!  LOL!  Then I realized that I needed to finish out these “Grumpy” calendars for the remainder of the year!  To see the past months I had already created, you can find all the posts by CLICKING HERE.  I had so much fun with these!  So here’s the last of them:

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I think these are fairly quick and easy to do, plus they’re so much fun putting together by creating the scenes for them and they give me giggles everytime I look at it!  (There are days that we can relate to these guys, right?!)

Again, for all of these, I have used the Taylored Expressions 3×4 Calendar panels with the printed design at the top.  (of course mine are the 2019, but if you click on the link, it will take you to the 2020 calendars!)  I have slightly cut the edges off so that I could make a layered panel behind them and still keep the 3×4 size.

All images came from the Taylored Expressions Calendar Grumplings stamp set and coordinating dies.  I’ve used the sentiment from the set and made a banner with it that I’ve tucked underneath the elements from the Build-a-Scene Calendar dies.  I’ve colored all the critters with Copic markers.

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The eyeballs on this dude are too funny!  I’ve white heat embossed the sentiment on this one over black to mimick a chalk board.  I added lines around the edges with a white gel pen.  I’ve popped up the grumpling with foam tape.  I’ve added some glossy accents over the apple in his hand.  This is my birthday month too!! Woo hoo!

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BWHAA! HAA!!  This one is probably my fave not just because of the sentiment and the cute grumpling, but I love Halloween anyway.  I stamped the sentiment over some yellow cardstock and then punched it out with a circle punch so it looked in the shape of a moon and then die cut a couple of clouds to go around it.  I had a punch that punched out lots of stars and so I glued those on the background.  His broom handle was colored with a purple glitter gel pen and the frame was cut from some purple Glitterstock.

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Oh yes, all of those leaves pile up about this time and there’s always tons of yard work to clean up along with all of those dead flowers before winter gets here…this is usually how I feel about it too!  The leaves at the bottom are from a sequins mix that I had.  I do love the different colors of leaves in the Fall!

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Last, but not least is this funny “Bah Humbug” grumpling!  Things tend to get hurried this time of year for sure and by the time the end of the month rolls around, that’s about my take on it!  LOL!  I’ve used some white Nuvo Drops for the snow in the background.  The ground was die cut from Glitterstock.  The sentiment was punched out with a really old speech bubble punch I have.

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I hope you’ve enjoyed catching all of the months of this year’s calendar with me as much as I had fun putting them together.  Now, the trick is to pull out the 2020 calendars and start working on that earlier than just as the time gets here! LOL!  Thanks for hanging in there with me for it!  Hopefully you’ve been inspired in some way or at least had a few smiles with the process!

Now please do pop on over at the Cute Card Thursday blog to see what the rest of the design team has for inspiration and play along with us this week!

Thanks for stopping by and I’ll see you soon!

Challenges:

  1.  CRAFT – Back to School (Sptember month)
  2. Always Fun – Back to School (September month)
  3. Kat Scrappiness – August Back to School (September month)
  4. Through the Crafttoom Door – Anything Goes
  5. Crafty Creations – Anything Goes

Brutus Monroe Inspirational Team ‘Anything Goes’ Blog Hop

Hello friends!  Today is our weekly Wednesday Inspirational Team blog hop for Brutus Monroe!  So please be sure to check out all of the links at the bottom of this post so you can find more inspiration from the design team!  This week is our monthly “anything goes” theme, so we can create anything that strikes our fancy with BM products!  Yay!

Here’s what I made for today’s hop:

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I’ve been wanting to do some coloring with these oh so gorgeous Pre-printed Watercolor Card Panels (See all 10 different prints in the store!) from Brutus Monroe… so I got out several of my Aqua Pigments and Aqua Pigment Brushes and went to town with one of the panels!  What I love about these card panels is not only are they all gorgeous, but I love that the lines on the images are a bit raised as if embossed which helps with the watercolor process.

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As you can see, I’ve only used half of my card panel cut diagonally on my card.  So after coloring up the panel, I thought it was a nice way to cut the panel in half and then still have another panel left over to create another card with later!    So there’s a tip for extended more life out of your card panels!

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Here’s a closer view of my watercolor and the pretty shimmer from the Aqua Pigments!  So as you can see, I also did some foiling!  I wasn’t sure if these panels would foil correctly or not, but as you can see only a portion of the image foiled.  I was fine with that as it still adds a pretty sparkle to my card.

I did take the “hello” die from Brutus Monroe and cut that from cardstock and then added some glue over it with the Deco Foil adhesive pen and then foiled over it in my laminator with some Deco Foil Rose Gold Transfer Sheets.  Love the look of the foiling and how it turned out!

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For my card, I attached the watercolor cut panel over a piece of BM Raven cardstock that I also cut diagonally with the panel and then attached it over a piece of BM Not Your Mama’s Cardstock (VERY heavy weight cardstock and perfect for simple cards like this!)  Then I attached my foil die cut sentiment across the card and then added some of the BM Acrylic Bubbles randomly over the card and then finished it with some Nuvo Dew Drop accents as well.

I hope you’ve enjoyed my card today!  I appreciate you stopping by and please be sure to check out the talented crew in the links below to see what Brutus Monroe inspiration they have for you today as well:

*To view/purchase products from Brutus Monroe, please click on the links within the post that is underlined.*

Challenges for my card:

  1.  Simon Says Stamp Wednesday – Clean and Simple
  2. Allsorts – Feminine
  3. Pammie’s Inky Pinkies – PIP1934 Anything Goes

 

Be Merry for Paper Nest Dolls New Release!

Hello friends!  I hope you’ve had a wonderful weekend!  I was busy making “treats” for my husband to content him for the week!  LOL!  Speaking of treats, Paper Nest Dolls has a brand new mid-month release and it’s full of ADORABLE images!

As a matter of fact, I’ve made a card with one of them here and it’s my very first Christmas card of the year!

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Isn’t she so sweet?!  This one is called “Elf with Jack-n- Box” and she is available TODAY from the store!  So go check her out along with all of the other really sweet images!

I thought this “elf” needed to be colored up in green and so I found some fun papers to compliment her along with a sparkly silver glitter strip of cardstock, and added some seam binding, twine with button and festive embellishments too!

Everything was mounted onto a 5×5 white top folding card base.

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Here’s a closer look at how I’ve colored her in with my Copic markers.  I’ve used some gel pens to color in parts of the “Jack in the Box” as well.  I’ve cut her out with a stitched rectangle die and white heat embossed the sentiment over a strip of red cardstock and I cut out and attached along the side of the image panel and then I used some white ink to sponge around all the edges.  I’ve added some rhinestones on the sentiment strip and then I popped up the image panel with some craft foam before attaching it onto my card.

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I hope you’ve enjoyed my festive card today!  Please be sure to stop by the Paper Nest Dolls blog for inspiration as well as the Paper Nest Dolls Facebook Group too to see what’s going on and share your PND creations with us too!

Thank you so much for stopping in today and I’ll see you soon!

Challenges:

  1. Merry Little Christmas Challenge – August Anything Christmas Goes
  2. Double D – Pearls, Gems or Rhinestones
  3. Creative Knockouts – Tic-Tac-Toe (I went diagonally from top left:  stamp, sentiment, ribbon/twine
  4. QKR Stampede – #360 Anything Goes
  5. Crafty Friends – Add embellishments

 

‘Create’ Steampunk Mixed Media Canvas

Hello friends!  Happy Saturday!  Today is my turn to post over at the Brutus Monroe Blog, so be sure to hop on over there and subscribe to get updates and inspiration from the design team using Brutus Monroe products!

Oh I had so much FUN playing around with all of the really cool “Steampunk” products that came out this month from Brutus Monroe!  Today, I’m sharing this mixed media canvas project that I made:

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This was so much fun to just get “messy” and enjoy a different creative process other than making a card!  If you’ve been around my blog for a while, then you’ve probably seen me share a different project from time to time.  Sometimes I just like to ‘change gears’!  Hahaha!

So I had this old 8″ x 10″ canvas laying around and thought it would be cool to take several of the Brutus Monroe Chipboard pieces I had and make something.  I started off by taking some wooden letters from my stash and gluing those on.  I then took the Brutus Monroe Stencil of the Month (gears) and randomly added embossing paste through it over the canvas.  Once dried, I then painted over everything with some black gesso.

I’ve used several metallic paints from my stash and using my “finger tool” I went over all of the textured areas of the canvas and along the edges.  I also used the paints to paint over the Chipboard Gear Background which was randomly cut out with my scissors and glued randomly over the canvas.  At first I was thinking it was weird to mix the different color metallics together, but then thought that steampunk can sort of be like that anyway.

 

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What’s hard to capture in a photo is that gorgeous Gilded Sparkle embossing powder over the wings!  It’s stunning IRL!  I’ve heat embossed the Chipboard Wings with it and then I heat embossed the Chipboard Key with the EPOTM (Gadgets and Gizmos).  I went around the edges of it with some silver metallic paint so that it showed up better against the black background.

For the image, I stamped the hat (what a cool hat BTW!) from the Steampunk stamp set with Raven Detail Ink onto an already cut out Alabaster Cardstock from the Steampunk Cutfile.  I colored it up with several different Aqua Pigments and sponged around the edges of it with some brown ink.  I also took some Copper metallic paint and went around the edges too.  I took the heat embossed wings along with that hat image and splatterd them with some black paint as well.

The wings were attached onto the canvas with some black foam tape and then I curled the ends of them that are hanging off the edges.  I attached the heat embossed key in the center of the wings and then added the colored image over top.

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For a little bit more texture on the canvas, I decided to take the EPTOM (Gadgets and Gizmos) to randomly heat emboss areas that were sprayed with water.  The water was just so that the powder had something to stick to and then once heat set, I added more until I was happy with it.  I like the look of the embossing where the spray marks are.

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Lastly, to finish it off, I’ve used the metal gears, ribbon (tied in bow over top of the key), gold pearls (painted in copper metllic paint), and sequins from this month’s Inspiration Box – as well as another gear (attached in the center of the ribbon bow) and a clock button (painted with black and metallic paints) from my stash that was all glued on.  I also added some silver glitter to the center of each sequins.

Hope you’ve enjoyed my “Steampunk Mixed Media Canvas” today and were inspired in some way.  If you stop by the Brutus Monroe store (in person or online), be sure to tell them that I sent you over that way! 🙂    *Click links above in post to see in store*  If you like to create with Brutus Monroe products, please be sure to share them with us over at the Brutus Monroe Fan Club FB Group!

Thanks for dropping by!  I’ll see you soon!

Challenges:

  1.  Crafty Gals Corner – Emboss It
  2. Creative Moments – Anything Goes
  3. A Inky Mess – Anything Goes Mixed Media
  4. More Mixed Media – Anything Goes (optional bright colors)
  5. A Bit More Time to Craft – Anything Goes

 

Embossing for Cute Card Thursday

Hello friends!  I hope you’re having a great week so far!  Many thanks for the kind thoughts about my post yesterday and the video tutorial.  I think I get a bit nervous thinking I’m going to mess up instructions, but perhaps I’ll get the hang of it! 🙂

Today starts a new challenge over at Cute Card Thursday!  This week it’s all about “embossing“!  Now there are a few different ways to emboss and I happen to love them all!  So you could do heat embossing, “dry” embossing with an embossing folder or even maybe do some embossing paste!  However you emboss it, we look forward to seeing what you come up with!  Here’s the card I made for the challenge:

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TRICK OR TREATS?!!  Oh my word now how stinkin’ cute are these penguins?!  Don’t they look like they just rang your door bell for Halloween?! LOL!  That penguin image that I’ve used here is from an August Digital Release  (previously released in red rubber) from Whimsy Stamps called Penguin Trick or Treaters and oh were they fun to color!

I was inspired to create with them for this embossing challenge, so I took a piece of Bristol Smooth Watercolor Paper and stamped the stars from the Whimsy Stamps Basic Christmas Backgrounds clear stamp set with a pigment black ink.  I covered it with clear embossing powder and heat set them.  Then I went over the stars with some distress inks (Mustard Seed, Carved Pumpkin, Wilted Violet & Blueprint Sktech)  and ink foam blending tool.  I also spritzed some water over it for the water dropplet look.

All of the panels including the card base were cut from the Whimsy Stamps Notched Squares die set.  So I took the finished colored panel and attached it over a black die cut panel and then I took a piece of orange cardstock that was die cut and ran an embossing folder over it. (We Are Memory Keepers-Next Level Gemstones)  I rubbed a white ink pad over it to pop out the details in the embossing and then I mounted it over the die cut black card base.

After coloring the penguins, they were fussy cut out and popped up with foam tape over the colored panel.  I had an older Halloween set of dies that I couldn’t part with from Whimsy Stamps and I cut out some bats from black cardstock and attached those to the starry background.  I also added some drops with some Tonic Studios Silver Glitter Accents for a bit of sparkle.

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Here’s a closer look at these cute little trick-or-treaters and how I’ve colored them up.  I have used the following Copic markers to color them with.  CLICK HERE to view/purchase Copics from Whimsy Stamps or click numbers below for specific colors:

  • Penguin bodies – C8, C3, C1, 0blender, R00, YR27, YR24, Y35, White gel pen
  • Pumpkin – YR27, YR18, YR14, YR21, R20, YG67, YG63, YG61
  • Candy Bag – E33, E31, E30, wrote letters with Copic liner
  • Sherrif Costume – E89, E87, E84, E81, W5, W3, W1, Silver gel pen
  • Pirate Costume – R39, R37, R35, R32
  • Witch Costume – V17, V15, V12, YR07, YR04, Silver gel pen

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I think these look like a fun group to go trick-or-treating with, don’t you?! 🙂

I hope  you’ve enjoyed my fun Halloween card today and were inspired in some way!  Please be sure to stop by the Cute Card Thursday blog and have a look at the inspiration and come play along with us this week!  Thanks so much for stopping in and I’ll see you soon!

Here are the Whimsy Stamps products I’ve used on my card today with affliate links:

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Triangle Corner Pop Up Card for Brutus Monroe + video tutorial!

Today I’m sharing another version of the Triangle Corner Pop Up Card that I had previously made during my time as a guest for Brutus Monroe.  You can check out that blog post by CLICKING HERE.  After posting that card, I have actually received several messages and comments that people wanted to see a video tutorial on how to make one.  So I thought I would come up with another version of this same style of card, but using different Brutus Monroe products to show the many different variations that you can come up with and the fun you can have with it!

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This style is a much more elegant approach which is much different than my other one.  I love that you can change the look and have fun playing with different stamps and elements to fit inside the design!

For this one, I have taken the Brutus Monroe Happy Rose and Take Flight stamp sets to stamp (with Raven Detail ink), color (with Copics and Stylefile markers) and cut out for the images on my design.  All of the cardstock is from Brutus Monroe using Jurassic 100# and Alabaster White 100# cardstock.  The decorative paper is from the BM Rustic Florals paper pad.  I stenciled the bottom of the Jurassic panel with a past stencil from BM using some Unicorn Horn Glitter Glaze.  Both of the rose images along with the small heart circle on the easel card were popped up with some BM foam tape.

For the circle easel design, I’ve cut out a scallop circle with the Alabaster cardstock in the size that I thought would fit within the design.  Then cut the body of the card with other circle dies in the Jurassic cardstock and then the front with some more of that Rustic Florals paper that I’ve used in the background.  The sentiment below the butterfly and the hearts on the small circle came from the Brutus Monroe Super Sentimental stamp set.  All of the white panels (with the exception of the scallop circle) was ink foam blending with some grey distress ink.  To keep the card “locked” in this position, I’ve used the Brutus Monroe Mini Disc Magnets shown in the video below.

If you are interested in learning how to create one of these cards for yourself, then please be sure to check out my video below.  CLICK HERE to view on You Tube.

These cards can look really intimidating, but once you see the measurements of how to put one together, they’re really easy and fun to make!

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Here’s what the card looks like completely opened up.  You can see on the left bottom panel that I’ve taken that rose from the stamp set again and stamped it in the corner with some grey ink after ink foam blending around the edges of it.  This will be the area that I’m leaving for a personal message.

To fold it down to a 4″ square card that’s close you will start by folding down on the top and then fold it over from the right side to the left.  This will completely close it up.

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Here you can see that the card is completely closed to a 4″ square size minus the rose leaves sticking out which I don’t mind.

I took another panel of the Jurassic cardstock for the front of the card and sponged around the edges of it with the Alabaster Ink and then also stamped the rose again in the corner of it.  Because I had several dimensional and extra layers on this card, I had to use a ribbon to tie it together to help it stay closed up.  You might need an envelope that is slightly larger than an A2 envelope, but if you use less layers and dimension, it should fit in an A2 size envelope.

Hope you’ve enjoyed my interactive card and tutorial today!  Thanks so much for dropping in with me! 

Please be sure to check out the links below for more interactive fun for this Wednesday’s Brutus Monroe Inspirational design team hop:

Challenges I’d like to enter this card for:

  1.  Cardz 4 Galz – #103 Wings
  2. Crafty Cardmakers – It’s a Bug’s Life
  3. Through the Craftroom Door – Anything Goes
  4. Try it On Tuesday – In my Garden there is….