Brutus Monroe JunkieFest Class Projects

Hello friends!  Just wanted to pop in and share the projects I made for this fun class I took!  As you know, I am a huge fan of the Brutus Monroe products and I heard that they were going to be at an event called “Stamp Junkie Fest”, which was held during the time I wasn’t well and wouldn’t have been able to go anyway.  I had never heard of it before, but it sure sounded like it was something I would love!  I’ll have to look into that next year!  🙂

Anyway, Brutus Monroe was teaching a class over at the event, but they also offered a fun “JunkieFest 2019 Class Kit and Video” from their store for those of us that were not able to attend!  It was full of lots of cool things and plenty to complete the projects below plus I had some things left over too:

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The first project was this ginormous, very thick tag!  It measures approximately 9.5″ tall and 5.25″ in width!  I thought it would be cool on a project you frame or hang from the wall.  Thinking about a burlap or something. hmmm…..  Have any suggestions?

Everything you need except the stamps, ink and adhesive come with this class kit.  So the background was foiled (foil included in kit) and I used my own tape adhesive to do that with the stripes for the background.  The wreath was made with a chipboard circle from the kit which the flowers were attached to.   I stamped and cut out the flowers from the BM Spring Wreath stamp set which were colored with some of the Aqua Pigments that were included with the kit.  I used a deco foil pen to create “dots” in the center of the flowers and used the left over foil from the kit.  I curled up some of the edges of the flowers for added dimension.

For the banner, I used one of the sentiments from the same stamp set and stamped it out with the Brutus Monroe Raven Detail Ink over the tag included with the kit.   I decided to change mine up from the way it was shown in class.  So I cut off the end and added it underneath the wreath.  Then I took the twine from the kit, doubled it up and added it as a bow on the bottom of the wreath.  I took a cute bird button from a past Inspiration Box and glued it to the center of the twine bow.  I thought to add a bit more color along the edges of the tag and sentiment banner with the BM Alabaster Ink which I think softened up the edges nicely.

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My second project was this card!  The background was created with some sample sized Chroma Glazes from the kit.  I chose to use a past stencil I had from the “Stencil of the Month” club (Speaking of which, did you see this month’s?  Wow!)  The Chroma Glazes really blended nicely together…love how it turned out!

I decided to matt my stenciled background onto a BM Macchiato Cardstock A2 sized card base and also create an oval matt for behind my oval image panel.  There was an oval piece and full base card piece that came in the kit, but I decided with all of the Aqua Pigment coloring I did, I needed to use the Aqua Pigment Paper for stability.  I used the Aqua Pigments from the kit as well as pulling in some browns and blacks from my stash.  I mixed colors together to get the look I wanted.   The image was stamped out from the BM Feathered Friends stamp set.  I stamped the branch first, masked it off and then stamped the bird so his tail was behind the branch.  I then stamped the bird again and cut out his claws and attached them over the branch.  It makes it look more dimensional that way and so it really looks like the bird is perched.  I added some color to the background with the yellow Aqua Pigment from the kit.

I took the sentiment from this same stamp set and heat embossed it with some BM Alabaster EP and cut it into a banner to pop up over the card with some BM Foam Tape.  I took the Acrylic Bubbles that came in the kit and colored the backs of them with a yellow alcohol marker and attached them ranomly to the design.

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The final project for the class was making up these set of tags!  These tags came in the kit along with the blue twine.  There wasn’t quite enough to string the 5th tag, so I took a piece from my stash.  Not sure if I was supposed to get 4 or 5 tags…but I got 5! 🙂

I didn’t have the same stamp set that was shown in class, so I thought it would be a good idea to make up some birthday tags that I can add to gifts and/or cards!  So I used the BM “Birthday Circle” stamp set from a past card kit and colored them all in with the Aqua Pigments from the class kit.  I just cut pieces of the twine and added them to the top  of the tags.  Simple, but fun!

Hope you’ve enjoyed my project share from class!  Thanks so much for dropping in today and I’ll be seeing you soon!!  Have an excellent weekend!

Challenges I’d like to enter:

  1.  Stamping Sensations – Things With Wings (for bird card)
  2. 613 Avenue Create – Anything Goes with optional create/decorate a container
  3. Through the Craftroom Door – Anything Goes

 

 

Cute Card Thursday is Going in Circles!

Hello friends!  I hope you’re having a great week so far!  Today is Thursday and it’s time to start a new challenge over at Cute Card Thursday!  This week we are looking for your “Circles” on  your creations!  So here’s what I’ve made for the challenge:

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We are being sponsored by All Dressed Up Stamps and I’ve used this adorable “Girl On a Bike” image for my card.

I’ve colored her up and cut her out with a circle die that I commonly reach for which is the Hero Arts Infinity Circle dies and then I cut out a black cardstock circle to layer behind her as well as the sentiment circle.  I happen to find some papers that, for me, mimicked the bike wheels, so I cut that out in a circle as well for the design.  For each circle, I took my ink foam blending tool and went around the edges with the same ink color that I’ve used for the cloud background.

Now that I had all the circles cut out for my design, I used a cloud stencil to ink up background which I cut out with a stitched rectangle die along with the pattern paper circle and then wrapped some black ribbon around it before attaching it to a black cardstock layer that was then mounted over a white A2 sized card base.

I added the circle image and cut off the right edge that was sticking out along the side.  I took the sentiment circle and popped it up over the design with a foam circle and then I added some clear sparkling sequins in various places.

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Here’s a closer look at the image and how I’ve got her colored up with Copic markers.  I used a white gel pen for the flowers in her hair along with a gold gel pen for the centers of each of the flowers and her shoes and shirt waist band.  I’ve used a silver gel pen for the bike wheels, petals and end handles.

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I hope that you enjoyed my card today and inspired you to pull out some circles to play along with us this week!  Looking forward to seeing what you come up with!  CLICK HERE to go to the Cute Card Thursday challenge to enter!

Thanks so much for dropping in today!  I appreciate each and every single comment and I look forward to sharing more with you soon!

I’d like to enter the following challenges:

  1.  All Dressed Up Stamps – July Challenge
  2. Just Us Girls – SummerScreen Shot 2019-04-17 at 6.52.54 PM
  3. Crafty Calendar – August Anything Goes
  4. Always Fun – Use Stencils
  5. Pammie’s Inky Pinkies – PIP1931 Anything Goes
  6. Get Creative – Anything Goes/no twist
  7. Papercraft – Summer Fun
  8. Papercraft Business – August Anything Goes with optional use a circle

Russell is Rustling in the Leaves!

Hello friends!  Can you believe that Fall is right around the corner already?!  I so look forward to this every single year! What’s your favorite Season? Fall is my favorite season and I just love everything Fall related!   I’m excited to share this really cute and fun Autumn style card with you today using some Whimsy Stamps products!

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I think he’s just having too much fun in the crisp cool Autumn air, don’t you?!  This is Russell from the Whimsy Stamps August digital release just in time to start your Autumn makes!  I can picture him colored up in all sorts of fun Autumn colors, right?!  I’ve colored him up with Copics over some X-Press It Blending Card.  (See photo below for Copic list details.)

After coloring him, I’ve cut him out using the Whimsy Stamps Notched Square dies and then cut another piece of brown cardstock to layer behind him.  I took some fun plaid papers for the background that was cut out with a rectangle stitched die.  Then I took another piece of the brown cardstock and white heat embossed a sentiment from my stash that was cut out with the Whimsy Stamps Quick Strips die set.

I took the plaid background and the brown layer behind Russell and attached them together.  Then I took a strip of score tape and wrapped it around both of these layers.  I sprinkled some pretty Autumn colored glitter over the tape and burnished it in.  Then I glued the leaves down and then popped up the image as well as the sentiment banner with foam tape.  To finish it off, I took some dimensional glue to create small “dots” randomly on the design and then I sprinkled some more of the same glitter I used for the strip over them and let it dry.  A little glitter never hurts!

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Here’s a closer look at Russell and how I’ve got him colored up.  Here’s the Copic markers I’ve used to color him with.  CLICK HERE to see/purchase from Whimsy Stamps or click on the numbered links below:

  • Leaves – R22, R24, V95, V01, YR14, YR12, Y23, E33, E31, E30, YG63, YG61
  • Grass – G24, G21, G20
  • Squirrel – E15, E13, E11, E53, E51
  • Russell’s outfit – YR18, YR15, YR12, E44, E42, E43, E41
  • Skin – E000, E00, E02, E11, E21, R20
  • Hair – Y21, Y32, E43
  • Shadows – BG10, BG000

 

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This was a really fun card to put together and color up!  Now I’m excited for all things Fall coming soon!  I hope you liked my card today and inspired you in some way!

Thanks so much for stopping in!  I’ll see you soon!

Here’s the affiliate links to the Whimsy Stamps products I’ve used today:

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I’d like to enter this card for the following challenges:

  1.  Creative with Stamps – Dad/masculineCWS#41Dad
  2. Crafting With an Attitude – Anything Goes
  3. Love to Craft – LTCCB37 Aug Anything Goes
  4. Brown Sugar – Anything Goes
  5. Simply Create Too – Anything Goes
  6. Send a Smile 4 Kids – Thank you for Kids or Anything Goes

Triangle Corner Pop-Up Card with Brutus Monroe GDT part 2!

Hello friends!!  I’m SO excited to share another project with you using some awesome products from Brutus Monroe!

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If you remember at the beginning of June with THIS POST I announced being a June guest designer and well…things fell apart health wise as you know and I was completely heart broke about giving up my time in my “happy craft space”.  Of course they are all awesome people over at Brutus Monroe and they were happy to pick me up where we left off so I could finish the second half of my guest design spot! 🙂  Yay!  I am completely honored as I adore their fun products!

After discovering this company just a little over a year now, I have enjoyed watching Christopher’s videos and crafting along with him in my stamp room!  Since he was someone that was inspirational to me (without knowing it), I dedicated this card to him and sent it his way!

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This is quite a unique card and one that is new to me, but it’s called a “Triangle Corner Pop-Up card” and I’m not quite sure as to exactly who to give credit to other than I know it came from a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator somewhere!  (If someone knows the individual to give credit to, please let me know!)  I also started this card back in June, so putting it together piece by tiny piece as I went along with being in pain was a feat in itself!  LOL!  So you could say this one took me a little over a month to complete! WOW!

**If you’d like for me to do a video on how to make this type of card, let me know as I’m sure I could duplicate it! (pain free and much quicker than a month! LOL!)

I’ve used this adorable Brutus & Friends stamp set for my design.  The dog next to the dog house is represented as “Brutus” which is the beloved pet (crossed rainbow bridge) that the company was named after.  The other pup in the background peeking out is his other fur family named “Benny”.  CUTE!!

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I’ve stamped them out with the BM Raven Detail ink and colored them with Copics and some of the Brutus Monroe StyleFile markers too. I then fussy cut them out with my BM Fussy Cutting Scissors and set them aside while I assembled the rest of the card.

As for the circle design in the center, it forms a little mini easel card inside the ‘box’ design.  I’ve made the easel card with the BM Lunch bag Cardstock and cut it from circle dies.  I’ve also heat embossed the sentiment with BM Alabaster embossing powder from the BM Super Sentimental stamp set and made a separate panel so that it holds the front of the circle easel flap in place.

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For the “grassy” looking area at the bottom and the “clouds” in the upper triangle sections of the card, I’ve used the BM Set the Scene Stencils with some Distress Inks and a Blending tool.

In order for the scene to come together and form this shape, there is a hidden aspect in the corners of the design to keep it together.  I have used the BM Mini Disc Magnets and glued them behind the layered panels so you can’t see them, but they come together to hold the card scene in place.  These are tiny, but they make for a nice sturdy closure!

I also wanted to mention that the “Brutus Monroe” in the cloudy area along with the woodgrain looking background came from a product packaging.  I thought it was the perfect way to create the “fence line” area of the scene.

When you want to close up the design for mailing, you will take it apart so that it looks like this.  See on the left side that there is even a spot so you can write a personal message or stamp something.  Then you will fold the top panel down and then close the right side over.

Here’s a quick 80 second video so that you can see how it works in action: CLICK HERE to watch on You Tube!

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I thought it was pretty cool that you can lay this design completely flat and put it in an A2 sized envelope!  I have taken a BM Lunch Bag envelope to mail mine in!

I hope you’ve enjoyed my interactive card today!  Please be sure to have a look at the Brutus Monroe products and let them know I sent you over!  Thanks so much for stopping in and I’ll see you soon!

Challenges I’d like to enter this card for:

  1.  Inkspirational – #192 Word Prompt:  FoldChallenge192
  2. Tuesday Throwdown – Furry Friends
  3. Crafty Animals – August Anything Goes + animal
  4. Sheepski Designs – Animal Madness
  5. Craft Rocket – August Anthing Goes
  6. A Bit More Time to Craft – Anything Goes

Paper Nest Dolls Autism Campaign

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Hello friends!  I’m back to share some really incredible and adorable newly released stamps from the Paper Nest Dolls for August 1st!  These are special stamps made espcially for Autism Awareness and PND is donating a portion of the sales to the Autism Society of America!   Here’s how I’ve created a card for it:

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Isn’t she adorable?!  I love her holding that puzzle heart and her matching puzzle bow!  There are two stamps that you get with this set called Ava with Puzzle.  You get the Ava deeply etched red rubber stamp and the puzzle heart stamp as well.  If you prefer to have the boy, there is also the Evan with Puzzle stamp that also comes with the puzzle heart too.

I have cut her out with my MFT Wonky Stitched Rectangle die and layered her over a piece of black cardstock that I mounted over a piece of white cardstock which was embossed with a heart embossing folder.  I had this pretty bright blue ribbon that I thought went perfect across the center of it.  So I placed these layers onto a black top folding 5×5 card base and also added the white heat embossed sentiment at the bottom that was cut out with a banner die and popped up with foam tape.

For the puzzle piece accents, I took an old puzzle that I had and painted in different colors to match my layout and then went over them with some glossy paint.  I’ve also added a tiny heart button to the blue puzzle piece at the bottom.

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Here’s a closer look at the image and how I’ve got her colored in.  I’ve used my Copics to color her and then I took a Spectrum Noir clear glitter brush pen to go over her puzzle heart and hair bow.  Then I took some crystal accents and covered the heart with it.  You can see how shinny the heart looks.  You can also see the the bit of shine over the puzzle pieces too.  There is a slight shimmer to her hair bow which is hard to capture in a photo, but it’s there.

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Hope you’ve enjoyed my card and have been inspired with these adorable Autism Campain products from the Paper Nest Dolls!  Please sure to stop by the store and check them out!  If you’re looking for inspiration with these products, please join us on the Paper Nest Dolls Inspiration Group!

Thanks so much for dropping in today and I will see you soon!!

Challenges I’d like to enter this card for:

  1.  Aud Sentiments – For a Child + a sentiment
  2. Crafting By Designs – Anything Goes August
  3. Watercooler Wednesday – WWC232 Anything GoesChallenge WWC232 - Anything Goes Challenge
  4. Simon Says Stamp Monday – Bright & Cheerful
  5. Simon Says Stamp Wednesday – Anything Goes
  6. Allsorts – Buttons and Bows

Sending Smiles Mermaid Style

Hello friends!  Well it feels nice to get back into the swing of things here again!  I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for the awesome welcome back I recieved from you guys!  Wish I could reach out through the screen and give you all a big hug!  🙂

Today is August 1st AND it’s on a Thursday too, so I wanted to share the card I made for the Whimsy Stamps August Digital new release as well as a brand new Cute Card Thursday Challenge too!!  Whimsy Stamps is our sponsor this week and it’s an easy “Anything Goes“, so please be sure to stop by the blog to see the wonderful inspiration from the rest of the design team and play along with us!!  We look forward to seeing what you’re working on!

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Oh aren’t these Sylvia Zet images just as cute as can be?!  I so enjoyed coloring her up!  (See the close up photo and details below.)  This is the DIGITAL version of  “Goldie” just released from Whimsy Stamps this month.  You can still also purchase the rubber cling stamp HERE, but now it’s nice to be able to have the option to choose either one!

Since her name is “Goldie“, I had to use the orangish color palette for her!  When looking at the image, I immediately saw “bubbles”, so I thought it would be fun to make a circle easel card design with her!  This actually turned out to be a “non-traditional” circle easel card with the circled image going askew from the main area…which makes it seem more like several bubbles underwater!

I have cut several different sizes of circles, one for the main circle card base and several others with some old SU! bokeh looking papers from my stash.  I used a stitched scallop circle die set to cut out the layers behind the circles.  I sponged all circles with some blue ink for more depth.  I’ve added a strip of blue glitter cardstock on the main card front layer as well as some ribbon to attach to the front.  I arranged the circles where I wanted them and added some foam tape here and there to pop up the layers.

To hold up the card front, the inside of the easel card has another strip of that blue glitter cardstock and I stamped an anchor image over one of the circle panels using an older Whimsy Stamps clear set.  I used some foam tape to pop that up so that the front card panel would prop up.

I’ve taken the Whimsy Stamps Everyday Mini Sentiments stamp set to stamp the sentiment under the image panel with black ink.  For the accents on the card, I’ve used some clear acrylic bubbles randomly and glued them in places.  For the fish, it was a wood veneer from my stash that I heat embossed with some cool orange metallic embossing powder.

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Here you can see the details from the side view of the easel design and how it’s propped up with that anchor circle holding the front card panel in place.  to mail this card, you just unfold it and lay it flat as shown in the last photo below.

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Here’s a closer look at this really sweet image.  Below are the list of Copics I’ve used to color her in with:

Click on the numbers to purchase from Whimsy Stamps.

  • Fins, flowers, Bubbles – Y38, Y35, Y32, BG000
  • Hair – C8, C5, C3, C1
  • Skin – E21, E11, E02, E00, E000, R20
  • Snail – W5, W3, W1, E33, E31, R20

Wink of Stella used for mermaid body, clear glitter and 2-way glue pen used for the bubbles.  I used a black gel pen to dot the center of flowers.

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Here’s what the folded and closed circle card looks like.  She will not quie fit into a regular A2 sized envelope because I arranged the circles differently, but a nice 5×5 size would work great.  I do have an envelope creator which is handy for those odd shaped designs that I can custom make.

Hope you’ve enjoyed my card today!  Please be sure to check out the full August Digital Release over at Whimsy Stamps and don’t forget to play along with us this week over at Cute Card Thursday for your chance to win a nice prize from our sponsor, Whimsy Stamps too!!

Here are the products and affiliate links to the products I’ve used today:

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Challenges I’d like to enter this card for:

  1.  Sweet Stampers – Summer (digi and stamp used)
  2. QKR Stampede – #358 Anything Goes
  3. Addicted to Stamps & More – #352 Make Your Mark Make Your Mark badge
  4. Little Red Wagon – Digital Stamps
  5. Crafty Gals Corner – 3+ layers

 

 

I’m back! It’s Been a Rough Patch!

Hello friends! 🙂  Are you still with me out there?  (This is a bit of a long post to catch you up with what’s happened.)

Wow!  It sure has been a while since I’ve been able to even TRY to get back into things.  This was a really abrupt and rude unplanned disappearance from me and I was getting worried for a while about how I would even begin to start up again!  I actually feel pretty “rusty” and unpracticed from my abscence and I have a few things to share with you too!

Firstly, I want to thank you ALL from the very bottom of my heart for your wonderful comments, personal e-mail, cards and social media contact that I’ve heard from many of you.  There were days that I just went to tears hearing from my fellow crafty friends as it came on a few days that I REALLY needed it the most!  I thank you SO MUCH for that and it really helped to get me though some difficult pain days.

So what happened was a worsening of something that I believed to be a minor back issue that I thought would resolve on it’s own, but the issue grew worse and more painful to the point that I couldn’t sit, stand, walk or even getting out of bed was painful enough that I had a procedure to try and control the nerve pain.  With this done, along with physical therapy and adjustments to my life style, I am feeling better now.  It’s not COMPLETELY pain free, but it’s tollerable enough to do normal tasks for a period of time until I need to move around again.  It’s just a life style adjustment that I can live with and hopefully fit in with what I love to do which is crafting!  It really bothered me to just “walk away”, but sometimes when your health is in trouble, you just have to do what you have to do and heal.  I have just learned that SEVERAL small breaks a day are better than none at all and I will pay for it later if I don’t!  🙂  Thanks for sticking it out with me!

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And so with that, I would like to share a couple of things that actually took way longer to complete than what I would normally take the time to complete and it was actually the very last little bit that I had accomplished before I had to completely step out of my room for a while.  My husband wouldn’t let me go back in there until he was sure that I could tollerate my pain ok.  Still working through the exercises until my follow up Dr. appointment, but I think I’ll be fine from here…I sure hope so as I’m ready to ROCK N ROLL!!!  LOL

I had made a couple of Father’s Day cards that I hand dilevered:

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This one I made for my brother.  He has always loved his rock-n-roll and we share similar tastes with each other, so I thought this was really appropriate for him.

Although I don’t have a black  light, my brother does and I told him to hold up the card to a black light and the  Brutus Monroe Neon Aqua Pigment watercolor background that I made will glow!  It’s a pretty cool affect!  I used most all product for my card from the Brutus Monroe Rock On Inspiration Box. (They don’t have the card kit available any longer, but CLICK HERE for the stamp set and a few other elements from it.)

I took one of the foilable image panels from the kit and took several of the Neon Aqua Pigments and smooshed them over the background until I was happy.  I tried to foil over it, but it didn’t completely get all of it.  I added the strip of holligraphic paper at the bottom and the stamped elements along with the stars over it.  For the sentiment, I heat embossed it with the Brutus Monroe Mic Drop EP that came in the kit and popped it up with foam tape. (That stuff is so awesome, I had to grab a big bottle!)  He seemed to like it and I think those neon watercolors are pretty cool myself! 🙂

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And this is the card that I made for my dear ole dad!  This is probably one of my all time faves from Newton’s Nook called Winston’s BBQ.  I think they have had this set for a while, but It’s a great one for masculine themed designs!

I’ve used a kraft cardstock background and stamped several of the images from the set all over the background with the same color of ink.  For the main panel, I stamped Winston, the grill and sentiment together and colored with my Copic markers.  I also sponged some blue ink around the edges of it for a “sky” looking appearance.

I’ve taken a strip of silver foil cardstock and ran an embossing folder through it to place across the center of the card.  I used some foam tape to pop up the image panel over top.  All of these layers were placed over an A2 sized white top folding card base.

I was happy to give dad a smile that day!  He likes to cook on the grill.

Of course, last but not least, I wanted to share a card I had completed for a guest design card meant for June and that was completed at the end of May, but I was unable to share it before I had to leave for a while.  This is the card I gave to my husband for Father’s Day and he really does feel like my super hero! 🙂

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Isn’t this just the cutest?!  I made this card using the adorable Paper Nest Dolls Superboy Owen and his sweet companion Superpuppy too!  I had so much fun blending the background in the different colors!  I added some blue stars stamped in the background.  the city scape behind him was made with a city scape die cut layered a couple of times.  I used some yellow cardstock behind the building for a lighted building affect.  The wall was made using some gray colored cardstock and then a brick stencil with some red ink colored embossing paste to over it with.  Then I just added the sentiment by white heat embossing it over a black strip that I die cut out.

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Here’s a closer view of the coloring I’ve done on the images.  I’ve used a silver gel pen to color in the buckle on his outfit.  I fussy cut the images out after coloring.

Here you can also see the splattering that I’ve done with some white shimmer paint in the background with the blue stars.

If you haven’t yet, PLEASE hop on over and check out the Paper Nest Dolls store, (Digital storeblog and join in the group over on Facebook for inspiration too!  Can’t wait to share more with you soon!!  Their badge and store link are also available on the left side of this blog as well!

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I actually got a bit of really cool news while I was down and thanks to a lovely craft friend, she tagged me and let me know about this, but my set of Whimsy Stamps “Bee cards” were shown in the Making Cards & Papercraft Magazine for August 2019!  Chosen as a “top spot” editor’s pick right inside the front cover!  I was very surprised and to see what was said about it along with my blog address was pretty cool!  So go get your copy of this magazine!  It’s my first time having a peek at it and they’ve got some pretty neat inspiration in there!

Although I have been in a great deal of pain and mainly dealing with what came with it, of course my husband was great at trying to “distract” me from it and trying to get me to smile as much as possible.  He knew first hand how I was feeling each day and like I mentioned above, he’s my super hero!  So there were a few fun or smiling moments here and there while I was being patient with myself as much as I could anyway.

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I wasn’t able to do much to celebrate 4th of July, but going out in my backyard, my neighborhood seemed to have a pretty cool display!  You can see the half moon at the bottom underneath the left side of the firework.  Needed bug spray, but it was a nice night!

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Back in April, hubby and I had gotten some Styx concert tickets and I was worried about going due to the problems I was having.  Of course hubby said not to worry about it as our seats were great with no one behind us so I could sit, stand or whatever I needed to do!  It was loud enough with the music and it took my mind off things plus I could always clap and sing the songs!  🙂  We took a good break in the middle of it so I could move around away from the seat too.  It was a great concert!

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In my backyard, I have different flowers and I really enjoy going out in nature to see the flowers, birds, bees, etc.  The flowers this Summer really helped me relax, smile and just enjoy the beauty that is around.

Some days were absolutely horrible, but there are also these days too…

Vicki-Purple Cone Flowers

Vicki-Iris

Vicki-red Iris

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Vicki-orange Iris

Vicki-Yellow Iris

Vicki-Hydrengas

I’m soooo happy to finally be able to write up a post and now that I’m able to start getting back into my stamp room, I’m very excited to be able to come back to my design teams (who were ALL so absolutely wonderful with letting me have the time to heal and recover!  It meant so much!) and I will be along again soon to share new creations now!  Yay!  Hope everyone is doing well and I’ve missed you!

Crafty hugs