Super Girl Starla Flying By!

Hello friends!  Happy Tuesday and I hope you’re having a wonderful week so far!  I actually can’t believe that September is already flying through this quickly!

Speaking of “flying”, I have this really cute card to share with you using another Whimsy Stamps image:

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This little digital cutie is called Starla from Whimsy Stamps.  She has her arms out and so I thought it would be cute to have her appear as if she’s smiling while flying up through the clouds at us!  I also thought this would be a really nice encouragment card for a child and I’ll be sending it out to hopefully share some smiles.

I stenciled some clouds in behind her, cut the image out with a stitched square die and layered a piece of purple cardstock behind her.  I ran a piece of green colored cardstock through a star embossing folder, wrapped a silver ribbon around it and then attached it to a purple 5″ square top folding card base.

I die cut some stitched cloud borders for the bottom of the card design, but sponged them with some Broken China Distress Ink before attaching them with foam tape.  I also die cut some stars to add for accents on the design with both silver glitter stock and a piece of purple to paper piece in the center of one of the silver outline stars.  I also added a rhinestone star to the center of the bow.

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Here’s a closer look at Starla with the coloring I’ve done on her.  I’ve colored her up with Copic markers and added some details with gel pens.  I’ve also covered her headband with a glitter brush pen and also added some extra glitter over the stars at the top of her head band.  You can also see where I’ve added some “strokes” to show that she’s zooming through the clouds.  I also covered that area with a bit of shimmer with the glitter brush pen as well.    The “little girl” in me had to color some purple! 🙂

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The sentiment at the bottom was stamped with a sentiment from my stash with some black ink.

I hope you’ve enjoyed my card today and it’s brought you a smile or inspired you in some way!  Thanks so much for stopping in!  See you soon!

Whimsy Stamps products with affiliate links listed below:

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Challenges:

  1.  The House That Stamps Built – S1119 TicTacToe (I used diagnol across:  purple, square card, die cut)s1119
  2. Daring Cardmakers – Special Thoughts
  3. QKR Stampede – #363 Anything Goes
  4. Sweet Stampin’ – Cards for Kids
  5. Addicted to Stamps – For a Lady/Girl
  6. Splitcoast Stampers Teapot challenge – Put a Smile on their face

 

 

Grateful for Brutus Monroe

Hello friends!  Happy Saturday!  Yay!  The weekend is finally here! 🙂

I’m sharing a card I made today for the Brutus Monroe blog.  Be sure to subscribe for updates and more inspiration from the design team!  Christopher (owner of Brutus Monroe) has posted a 10 minute video on the un-boxing of this month’s September inspiration box if you haven’t see it yet – CLICK HERE!)

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I really love all things Fall including the beautiful colors you start seeing from the leaves on the trees.  Nothing better than a nice walk in the brisk cool air!  This is what has inspired my card today too!

I knew I wanted to used this beautiful Golden Gourd EP and heat set this sentiment from the Grateful stamp set with it.  I think it’s awesome just to have a nice sentiment like this be the focal of your card sometimes.  It was heat set over a piece of Alabaster cardstock and then I sponged around the edges with the Phone Book Surface Ink.  I wanted a bit more sparkle, so I took my Embossing Ink pad and rubbed it along the edges of the panel and heat embossed some of the Vintage Sparkle over it.

And of course I wanted to do some foiling too because it’s just fun especially when you have these cool Vintage Wallpaper-Foilable Washi Sheets to do it on!  I used the Deco Foil Spring Grass transfer sheets over it and then used more of that Phone Book Surface ink to sponge around the edges and also heat set some more of that Vintage Sparkle over the edges too.

For the background, I took a piece of Alabaster cardstock measuring 4″ x5.25″ and covered it with the Embossing Ink pad.  I used some more of that Golden Gourd EP and heat set this entire piece.  Then I took the foiled strips and attached them over top of this panel and layered onto a top folding A2 sized Jurassic card base.  I also layered the embossed sentiment panel over a piece of this same cardstock.

I then added the sentiment panel over the card front with some BM foam tape and then added some die cut leaves that I sponged with ink and then a couple of gold sequins with some gold glitter in the centers for more sparkle to finish it off.

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Here’s a closer look at the heat embossed sentiment, background, and the sparkle around the edges where I heat embossed too.  The EP looks really stunning in person!

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And here’s another look at the foiled washi strips too with the card laying flat.

I hope that you’ve enjoyed my Fall creation today and were inspired in some way!  Thank you for joining me today as well as the entire week!  THAT really is something to be grateful for!  See you soon!!

Below are the Brutus Monroe products used on my card today with affiliate links:

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Challenges I’d like to enter this card for:

  1.  Creative with Stamps – AutumnCWS#42Autumn
  2. Unicorn – #47 Autumn
  3. The Male Room – Autumn#119
  4. Simon Says Stamp Wednesday – Stamp It
  5. Aud Sentiments – Fall/Autumn + Sentiment
  6. Daisy Chain – Autumn is Coming

 

 

Brand New Images from Digi Doodle Studios + Video!

Hello friends!  Happy Friday!  I’m happy for the weekend to get here, how about you?!  The weather has started to cool down slightly and it’s so nice to have that air conditioning turned off for a change!

Today I’m super excited to share with you some really fun and adorable new image set that Digi Doodle Studios has come out with from the brand newPairables” Collection!  The set that I’m sharing today is adorable and so fun to mix and match images with!  Check out the two cards I made with it:

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I absolutely had so much fun creating a little scene with the images and then printing them out for coloring and making cards with!    All of the images that I’ve used here come from the new Digi Doodle Studios Charming Enchanters Wizard Pairables Digital Stamp Set and I believe that I’ve probably used most of the images from the set on these two cards here.

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For this particular card, I’ve used my computer to arrange the stars from the wizard’s wand and the sentiment how I want them placed and then printed it out twice.  One I printed on Copic blending card and another image printed out on Neenah Solar White cardstock so that I can do the ink blended background on it.

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Here’s a closer view of the coloring details on the wizard.  You can see that he has a bit of a “glow” about him.  So after I colored him in with my Copic markers, I decided that I could use a yellow color pencil to add just a bit of glow to certain parts of the image.  I’ve then used gel pens to color in other detailed portions of the image and a white gel pen for the stars in the background as well.  I’ve tried to capture a little bit of that stunning shimmer for the background, but of course it doesn’t show up as great as it is in real life!

He was fussy cut out and placed over the ink blended background that I’ve made.

Since my last video on the ink blending, I’ve had a few more questions about it, so I thought I’d share a more in-depth look into it.  To see a video of how I’ve created the background on this “wizard” card, I’ve made a video to show in detail how I’ve done it with a few tips and tricks along the way.   So check it out below or watch it on You Tube by CLICKING HERE.

I hope that this helps a little more on explaining how I achieved the look for ink blending backgrounds.  I know that I’ve had people ask me to do a video on another background I’ve made on another card, so perhaps I will share another video on that later.

If you do have any questions, please feel free to leave a comment here or on You Tube or contact me and let me know!  If you have other suggestions, I’d always love to hear that too!

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Here’s the other card that I’ve made using the same Charming Enchanters Wizard Pairables Digital Stamp Set.  Again, I’ve arranged and sized the images how I wanted them on my computer, printed it out just the same as above and fussy cut out all of the colored images to place over my background.

I’ve mounted the image panel over a piece of purple cardstock and then placed it over a top folding 5″ square black card base.  I’ve used a piece of ribbon to run behind the layered image panel and then added some fun decorative metal corners on it.

For this card on the background, I didn’t distress it with water, I just left it ink blended.

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Here’s an up-close look at the coloring I’ve done on the image.  You can see again that I’ve used my gel pens to color in the tiny details like the stars on her hat, the bubbles from her couldren, the bookmarker and the tiny nail on the wall.

To get the glow on the images, I’ve taken a green colored pencil and added it in the places that I thought her green magic potion would glow from.

I hope you’ve enjoyed my creations today using this fun new digital set from Digi Doodle Studios!  Please be sure to join us over in the Digi Doodle Studios Facebook Group for inspiration and challenges!  We’d love to see what you’re making with your Digi Doodle Studios projects too!

Thanks so much for stopping in and hanging out with me today!  See you soon!

Challenges I’d like to enter:

  1. Get Creative – Anything Goes
  2. Through the Craft Room Door – Anything Goes
  3. Try it On Tuesday – Boys/Girls/Children
  4. Addicted to Stamps and More – Make Your MarkMake Your Mark badge
  5. Crafting By Designs – September Anything Goes

Brutus Monroe Wednesday Inspiration Team Hop with Patterned Papers!

Hello friends!  Welcome to Wednesday’s Brutus Monroe Inspiration Team Blog Hop!  This week our creations center around the wonderful selection of Patterned Papers from Brutus Monroe!   So please be sure to visit all of the links below this post to see the inspiration from the design team and how they’ve used these papers too!

I have sort of went a little “crazy” with the papers, but there are lots of fun tips, techniques and even a tutorial below to help you use those left over pieces you don’t want to throw away from your patterned papers!  I ALWAYS have left over pieces and I know you do too if you’re a hoarder like myself! LOL!

Here’s what I’ve been up to:

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I have used the same Patterned Paper Collection for each one of these designs and I love how they all turned out different too!  I’ve used the Brutus Monroe Bold Rainbow Paper Pad for all of these designs.  I’ve made a couple of cards with some fun techniques and I’ve also used the same papers to decorate my two Post-It Note Holders too.

Be sure to grab a beverage and stick with me for some papercrafting fun!

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Starting with this card, I thought it would be fun to take my left over strips and create a fun background for a card!  I also tend to hoard those tiny pieces of Glitterstock too!  So I’ve cut some very thin strips and placed those between the Rainbow paper pieces too.

How I’ve done this is simply by taking a piece of Alabaster Cardstock and attaching each strip down laying it right up next to each one as I go.  When I’ve covered the piece, I took a rectangle die cut and cut out the panel so that it all looks uniform eventhough all of the strips I used were uneven to begin with.

I’ve finished off my card by attaching my paper pieced panel to a top folding A2 sized Raven Cardstock base and then adding the fun sentiment from the Smile On stamp that was heat embossed with Alabaster EP over a piece of Raven Cardstock.  I took some Alabaster ink and rubbed some over it and added some stitch marks along the edge with a white gel pen for a sort of chalkboard look.

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Here’s another card I made actually using more of the strips from the Bold Rainbow Paper Pad.  I took the strips once again and adhered them to a piece of thin paper this time and lined up two different patterns next to each other.  I then took a circle punch and punched them out and then attached these in a pattern over a Raven card front piece.  I took a rectangle die and cut it out for the background.

So to give it a bit of texture and sort of a “quilt” pattern look, I took the Brutus Monroe Vintage Tapestry embossing folder and embossed the background too.

Then for the sentiment, I took the BM Super Sentimental stamp set and heat set it with the BM Gilded EP.  I also added a few of the tiny stars from the set with it and then cut the whole thing out with a stitched circle die.  I also took the Embossing Ink and rubbed it around the edges of the circle and then heat set it with the Gilded EP.  I attached the circle over the background panel and cut off the part hanging off the side with my BM Fussy Cutting Scissors.

You will also notice at the bottom of the card that I took a strip of cardstock and covered it with Embossing Ink and heat set that strip with the same Gilded EP.  I attached that to the bottom of an Alabaster A2 sized top folding card base.

I then added a gold ribbon around the paper pieced background and attached the bow.  Then I just added this background piece over the Alabaster card base.  I finished it with some gold sequins and added glitter in the center of each one.

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I still wasn’t finished after the cards, so I made a couple of Post-It Note Holders too!  You will notice the one with the flower on the right, I’ve also used some of these papers to create a dimensional flower with it too!

To create the flower, all I did was punch out three different sized scallop circles, then used my scissors to cut into each scallop and creating petals that I lifted up for dimension and then layered each one on top of each other and added a glittery brad in the center.  I also used some Raven Ink to sponge around them.

The papers were cut with a scalloped square die cut for both of them and then layered them over a piece of Raven Cardstock.  I die cut a piece of Alabaster Cardstock with a stitched circle die and then sponged around the edges with some orange ink.  I then die cut a piece of Raven cardstock with a stitched scallop circle die for layering.

For the sentiment on the left holder, I took the sentiment from the BM Happy Rose stamp set and heat set it with the gorgeous BM Raven Sparkle EP.

The base of the Post It Note Holders were made using some BM Jack O Lantern cardstock.

And if you’d like to learn how to make one of these Post It Note Holders, then check out the step-by-step photo tutorial below:  (measurements shared in photos)

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Well that’s all I have for now!  Thanks for sticking in here with me!  🙂

Hope you’ve enjoyed what I’ve made to share using the Brutus Monroe Bold Rainbow Paper Pad and please be sure to check out the what the rest of the team has to share with you using Brutus Monroe Paper Pads as well!  Check out the links below:

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Thanks so much for stopping by today friends!  See you real soon!

Challenges I’d like to enter:

  1.  Cardz 4 Guyz – Celebrate
  2. Tuesday Throwdown – Stripes
  3. CCEE Stampers – CCEE1935 – Encouragment (sending to a friend)
  4. A Bit More Time to Craft – Anything Goes
  5. Papercraft – Handmade/Stamped flowers
  6. Love to Scrap – #125 Anything Goes
  7. Scor-Pal – Sept More Than One Fold “Back to School”

New Release Week at Whimsy Stamps!

Hello friends!  It’s “release week” for September over at Whimsy Stamps!  You can check out all of the brand new dies, stamps and digital products in the store now!

I’d like to share with you a really fun “steampunk” style card today using one of the brand new digital stamps:

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Oh this was so fun to create!  When you check out the line of September’s Digital Stamps in the store, you will see a new line of “steampunk” style images that came out.  The one I’m using here is called Steampunk Lilith.  I thought she looked awesome with her little attitude carrying her gun there!  LOL!

I started with a white piece of cardstock and pulled out a steampunk style stencil and inked some distress colors over it along with the image tag panel and then sponged around the edges of them as well.  (Both of the tag panels are popped up with craft foam over the card base.)  Before attaching these panels, I took some silver paste and rubbed it around the edges after distressing them.

I die cut a piece of silver foil with the same tag die cut and then I took an embossing folder and embossed a piece of copper foil.  I mounted this piece onto a piece of gold glitter cardstock and wrapped a gold ribbon around it and attached it to the base of the card.  I also used this same ribbon for the bow at the top of the tag image.

I found a sentiment to go with the image that I silver heat embossed and then cut out with the Whimsy Stamps Quick Strips die.  After I sponged around it, I added some metal brads to each end and then popped it up with foam tape under the image.

All of these layers were attached to a suede colored top folding card base.  Since the image printed out a little taller than most of my digital images tend to, I made my card base 4.25″ x 6″ in size.  I have an envelope maker, so I can create the size I need.

Lastly, I’ve glued on some metal gears including the one in the center of the gold bow.

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Here’s a closer look at the image and how I’ve colored her up using a combination of Copic markers and gel pens.  You can sort of see the areas that I’ve colored up with gel pens that have the shine on them.  You can also see how shinny the metallic papers look as well as the embossed sentiment.  The embossing folder I used for the Copper strip comes from a Tim Holtz Texture Fades EF.

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Hope you’ve enjoyed my card today and got inspired in some way!  Thanks so much for dropping in!  I’ll see you again soon!

Here are the Whimsy Stamps products used on my card today with affiliate links:

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Challenges I’d like to enter:

  1.  Simon Says Stamp Wednesday – Anything Goes
  2. As You Like It – Favorite Way to Add Text and Why? (I like to either stamp or heat emboss a sentiment and then die cut/cut it out, this way I can decide where I want to add it and if I like it well enough to add it…then I don’t have to.)
  3. Creatilicious – Anything Goes with optional humor
  4. Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers – ‘V’ is for Violentviolent edna
  5. Rainbow Card Challenge – Beautiful Brown0919 Beautiful Brown

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….

 

Add a Quote For Cute Card Thursday

Hello friends!  It’s Thursday and time again for a new challenge over at the Cute Card Thursday Blog!  The theme for this week’s challenge is to “Add a Quote” to your project!  I happen to love quotes and find them very inspirational to help lift my spirits and I think it’s a wonderful type of card to send to someone who might need a little lift.  So here’s the card I created for the challenge:

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There’s always something magical about a night sky especially with some soft glowing lights hanging up in your backyard!  I have used some Brutus Monroe products to create the look on this card.

Starting with the background, I took some Aqua Pigment paper and the amazing Night Shift Aqua Pigments along with some sprayed water and some BM Zsushing Sheets (a ‘technical term’ used by the owner!) to move around the watercolor and mix them together to create the “night” look I wanted for the background.  I then took some circle stencils that I made myself with some circle dies and the BM Alabaster Ink with a sponge to create the “bokeh effect” over the background in the upper portion of the design.  Then I white heat embossed with the BM Alabaster EP using an image from the BM String Lights stamp set.  I also heat set the quote at the bottom from the BM Conservatory of Quotes stamp set.  I also added some “splatter” at the top of the card with some watered down BM Pearl Aqua Pigment and a brush.  I also colored in some of the open stars with it. I’ve used some BM Brown Aqua Pigment to color in the branch too.  I used some yellow chalk to make the “lights” around the branch glow and then covered them some glitter.  Then I took some TINY star confetti and glued them around the branch area for more sparkle.

It’s hard to photograph all of that shimmer from the Night Shift Aqua Pigments and sparkle that’s all over this card, so I thought I would share it in motion:

 

As Christopher would say “Shinning Shimmery Splendid”!!  I want to keep replaying so that I can see that shimmer in the background!  I see purples too!

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Here’s a closer look at the quote I’ve used in case you couldn’t read it.  It’s white heat embossed with the BM Alabaster EP from the BM Conservatory of Quotes stamp set.   “It is important to remember that we all have magic inside of us.” – JK Rowling  … Love that!

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You might be able to see a little bit of that shimmer on the background here if you look at the left lower portion of the card.

Please be sure to join in the fun with us this week over at Cute Card Thursday!  I look forward to seeing what you come up with!!

I hope you’ve enjoyed my card today and I appreciate you stopping in!  Please join me again on Saturday as I will have a popular requested video tutorial for you!  Make sure to subscribe to my channel and hit that bell notification so you see when I post a new video!

Challenges I’d like to enter:

  1.  CCEE Stampers – Embossing wet/dry CCEE1932
  2. Crazy 4 Challenges – C4C497 Inspiration from a Book (Harry Potter)
  3. Allsorts – Sun, Moon and/or Stars OR something for Baby (stars)
  4. Through the Craftroom Door – Anything Goes