Christmas Cards, Projects and Cookies…ready for Santa!🎅

Hello friends!  We’re here!  We made it to Christmas Eve!😀  My cards have been sent out, my cookies are done and delivered as well as my other little gifts.  This is quite a long post, so grab your hot cocoa or whatever your favorite beverage is and a Christmas cookie or treat and let’s see what I’ve been doing this past week:

So starting with my Christmas cards, I usually make around 40ish cards each year give-or-take and I only like to make a handful of them at a time for not only boredom of the same design, but for product depletion as well.

So back in July, I purchased this really adorable card kit from Taylored Expressions (included was the Frosty Background Cling and Clear Combo set + more.) that came with coordinated colored envelopes as well as the seals.  So I made a set of four different colored designs in two of each one.  The snowmen were popped up with foam squares over the backgrounds and I added some fun Snowflake bits that were included with the kit as well.

Next up is another set of cards I made using some more gorgeous products from Taylored Expressions.  I’ve used the Seasonal Sprig stamp and die combo along with the stencil to color them in with.  Some of these I ink blended the backgrounds, so I just used cardstock with a watermark effect and a white heat embossed sentiment.  I used the die to cut an extra frame behind the stamped one for added stability.  I made 4 of each design shown here for a total of 16.

I then made another set of four using the same products, but for these I gold heat embossed the image and sentiment and then used some watercolor for coloring it in with.  I also got some of these coordinating envelope seals to use on about 10 of the 16 cards.  (No longer available in store.)  I’ve also partially ink blended the background behind the frame on these as well.

Here are some cards that I’ve actually made a total of 8 similar designs using the large wording background dies from My Favorite Things.  I’ve used the “Sending Christmas Joy” and “I Really Miss You” dies for all eight of these, but only after I stamped the backgrounds.  I used the MFT Knitted Sweater BG stamp and the Brutus Monroe Alley Cat BG stamp for a couple of backgrounds before I die cut them.  Then I used the die cut letters to place into the other backgrounds on the cards to get that look.  So it was like creating 2 cards with one cut and filling it all in.  (For the BRM background stamp, I ink blended the background and stamped it as a watermark effect over it and then took the “left over” ink from that to stamp it again to create an additional BG.) I then cut out each of the panels with the MFT Wonky Stitched Rectangle die and placed over a white A2 sized side folding card base.  The penguin image is from the MFT Holiday Penguins set and the bird on the other one is from the MFT “Tweet Holidays” (Not found in store.)

And then of course you don’t want to waste any backgrounds you’ve made, so you make more cards!  I’ve used a couple more images to personalize the design for people too.  I combined the sets Newton’s Nook Whispering Pines and the Lawn Fawn Winter Skies.  I think I took a set from them to create a sentiment to fit my cards as well. (not sure from which set.)

For the other card, I took this cute image from the Whimsy Stamps Gnome for Christmas stamp set, colored him up with my copics and cut him out with the coordinating die to pop him up over my card. (affiliate links for Whimsy Stamps)

And then for these set of 4 cards, I’ve just die cut a snowflake from some glitter paper and glued in the center of the “O” on each design and popped up a sentiment over that with foam tape stamped and die cut from the Taylored Expressions Mini Strips – Holiday and Mini Strips die.

And as you remember in a previous post those “recycled Crystal Light containers” that I make, I made another set of three of them here.  This time, I’ve used the Brutus Monroe Stamp of the Month (SOTM) along with the Stencil of the month for December for my designs here.  I just used my scissors to fussy cut those cute snowmen out as they were pretty simple to do and then I popped them up over an ink blended tag using the stencil over them.  I used coordinating cardstock and silver heat embossed the sentiment strip at the bottom and of course added my “snowman soup” poem on the back of the containers.  I’ve also added a layer of the BRM Sterling Elegant Essentials cardstock behind the tags.

And I made a couple of these darling ornaments from a fairly “new to me” company that I was actually introduced to with product during my time as a {Cupcake Inspirations} sweetie DT when they sponsored a challenge a while back.  P.S.  There are a few more days left to enter their current challenge of “SNOWFLAKES” if you want to pop on over to join us too!!

But I was so taken with this darling image and kit from Inky Stampers from this Snow Much Fun Kit.  You get the snowflake ornament (with string), the stamp set and die, papers, wobbler, along with glitter to complete it too!  Well I wanted to make more than one, so I grabbed another set of Snowflake Ornaments from the store and just added my own papers and glitter from my stash to make it.  

And of course, last, but certainly not least, here’s all of the Christmas treats that I’ve made to give out to family and of course for hubby to eat up as we went along too!😋  I have made from top left on down:  Homemade caramel corn, white chocolate covered pretzels, peanut butter fudge, molasses cookies, chocolate covered caramel pecan clusters, scottish peanut butter cereal cookies, chocolate fudge, snickerdoodles and chocolate crinkles.  Of course each family member has a favorite they like me to make and there are a couple of old recipes passed down from grandparents/parents that I like to add in as well.  They’re all delicious and I enjoyed making them.

Whew!  I’m ready for that “Looong winter’s nap” now!!🥱  I hope you’ve enjoyed my post today and it has brought you some inspiration and/or a smile somehow!  I have received some beautiful Christmas cards and I so appreciate them and have them all displayed by being pinned around my garland in our pass-through in the living room/dining area.  I think after a bit of rest, I need to finish up my projects for the “Bugaboo Christmas Chaos” that I haulted in the middle for to finish up Christmas projects….so I’ll be back soon with that.

In the meantime, I wish a MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL AND TO ALL A GOOD NIGHT!!🎅

Crafty Chefs Gnome Joy & FINALLY Finished Projects from Whimsy Retreat!🎉

Hello my friends!  Are you getting all of your Holiday errands finished up?  I’ve still got some cards to send out and get going on my cookies!  I always feel behind every year…are you this way too?

So while I was “making merry” literally, I thought I’d join in the December Crafty Chefs Group Challenge and see what I could come up with for it.  This cute little gnome has been wanting to jump on my craft table for a while…

Isn’t he adorable?!  He came from the Brutus Monroe Gnome Place Like Home stamp set that I had actually got last year around this time and just never had the time to pull it to play with before Christmas rush finished up.  Note to self…I have TONS of those items this year, so plan EARLIER! LOL!  It seems I always get closer to a deadline and then want to come up with all kinds of things I want to try…is it the pressure or what?!

Anyway, I’ve got him all colored up with Copics and then I used the coordinating dies to cut him out with that I’ve attached with foam tape over my “Joy Fold Card“.  (This was part of the challenge for the Crafty Chefs this months and I followed along with a tutorial to a link *see link above* that was given, but I changed it up slightly by making it an A2 size.)  For the card design, I’ve used these awesome Brutus Monroe Sweater Weather Paper Pad.  I’ve added some shimmer metallic ribbon and also stamped some green snowflakes from the gnome stamp set and cut them out with the coordinating dies as well.  I also found some green colored pearls to add to the centers of each one too!  The ribbon, pearls/gems and color green were a requirement for the Crafty Chefs challenge.

The snowflake on the left side of the gnome is popped up and actually helping to hold the top flap down, so you have to pull it out to open the card.

So when you pull open the flap, open the inside flap, this is what you’ll see inside.  I heat embossed the sentiment along with a couple of snowflakes from the gnome stamp set with BRM Alabaster EP and colored up a gift package, cut it out with the coordinating dies and attached it to the green panel.  I also took the BRM Alabaster Ink Pad and rubbed it along the edges of the green panel before attaching.

Here’s this month’s requirements for the December Crafty Chef Challenge.  I used them all except for the very last one.  It’s been a long time since I’ve made a Joy Fold card, so this was really fun!

I’m also VERY excited to announce that I have FINALLY finished all of those projects from the Whimsy Stamps Virtual Retreat that I took over a weekend back in October!  Yep, I guess I’m pretty slow!  In my defense, I took extra time so that I could enjoy each minute of it all and go back to revisit posts and tutorials!  There were 23 projects total and I made a few extras along the way.  Here are my last ones:

This was for kit 19 and a wonderful coloring tutorial from the one and only Crissy who also illustrated the image of course! The sentiment I added myself is from Lawn Fawn.
This was for kit 20 and I was so thrilled to finally be able to get to these adorable gnomes! Love this fun shaker design! I put my own spin on it with the embossing folder background, stitches, twine and snowflakes.
Last, but certainly not least is this fun mixed media project by Iris for the final project. We even got to make a customized envelope to house the slimline card. She had Christmas greeting on her design, but I wanted to make it a winter birthday card. Love how it turned out!

So that’s all I have to share for now, but I know I’ll be back again on Monday to share a reminder challenge post for you!  I appreciate you taking the time to stop by to see what I’m doing friends!  Hope you are staying healthy and happy!  Enjoy your weekend!

Challenges (ONLY for Joy Fold Gnome Card):

  1. A Perfect Time to Craft – #12 Anything Goes
  2. A Bit More Time to Craft – #129 Anything Goes
  3. Crafts Galore Encore – #82 December Anything Goes
  4. Love to Craft – LTCCB53 December Anything Goes
  5. QKR Stampede – #409 Anything Goes
  6. Arty Divas – #32 Anything Goes
  7. Crafty Creations – #416 December Anything Goes
  8. Colour Crazy Craft – Anything Goes + coloring

HOliday Sweets Challenge Reminder for {Cupcake Inspirations}🥧

Hello friends!  Hope you had a wonderful weekend!  I first would like to say a huge thank you to those that have mentioned they were going to send out a Christmas card for Danny (mentioned in previous post below) and also sharing the newspaper article.  I think it will be so exciting to see how many cards he receives and from where around the world!🎅❤  I think this will help bring him much needed cheer!

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Today I have a fun creation with more inspiration for our “Holiday Sweets” challenge over at the {Cupcake Inspirations} blog!  So I hope that you will drop on over, check out the inspirations from the rest of the sweeties and come share your delicious Holiday Sweets creations with us!

I’m still in a “cookie” mode and looking forward to making some traditional Christmas cookies in my own kitchen soon…so I’ve played around with a recent card kit I’ve received:

I’ve created a cozy and festive table scene full of delicious Christmas cookie treats using several products from the Brutus Monroe Holiday Traditions Limited Edition Creative Kit and a few other items.  First of all, the cookies from that kit were super fun to put together!  It comes with all the dies and stamps you need to decorate a (craft) cookie with!

I started my card with an A2 sized top folding Brutus Monroe Lunch Bag cardstock piece and used some of the Brutus Monroe Winter Cabin Paper Pad to create my scene for the “table” and background. The cookies were all created with the stamps, dies and some paper from the kit, but I added some Alabaster White EP for the frosting and some red Nuvo Crystal Drops for decoration.  There was a felt circle cut in the kit that I cut off to attach over my “table” to place the cookies on.  I also heat embossed the sentiment from the stamp set in the kit with Raven Sparkle EP and die cut with a banner from my stash.  I went around the edges of it with some Alabaster Ink.

The hot cocoa mug came from a previous card kit with the Brutus Monroe S’More Coffee stamp set that I stamped, colored and cut out to place on my table scene.  I took the whole scene and layered it over a black piece of cardstock included in the kit and added it to my card base.

Here’s a closer look at those cookies!  You can see that the die cuts have cut the images out right up next to the image line.  I also took a glue pen and added some chunky style glitter from my stash to make some of the cookies look like they’re sugar coated.  You can also see the sparkle from the EP in my sentiment. 

Probably hard to see the bit of shimmer inside the cocoa mug and on the candy cane that I covered with my glitter brush pen, but it’s all shimmery and sparkly in person.  I colored up the mug with my Copic markers and fussy cut out the image.

I hope that you’ve enjoyed my cozy Christmas cookie scene here and are inspired to pull out your favorite Holiday sweets to play along with us too!  Please be sure to stop by the {Cupcake Inspirations} Challenge Blog to see more inspiration from the DT Sweeties!  Looking forward to seeing your creations there!

Thanks for popping in today friends!  I’ll be back very soon with a special post!

Challenges:

  1. Simon Says Stamp Monday – Food and/or Drink
  2. Simon Says Stamp Wednesday – Anything Goes
  3. Aud Sentiments – #265 Anything Goes + sentiment
  4. Creative Knockouts – #378 Christmas Delight
  5. Creative Fingers – #198 Anything Goes
  6. Christmas Kickstart – #43 ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas (cookies for Santa!)
  7. Merry Little Christmas – MLCCB28 Anything Christmas Goes

Beautiful Autumn Color Combo for {Cupcake Inspirations}

Happy Monday morning friends!  Hope you all had a great weekend!  The weather has actually been really beautiful this past week and it was wonderful to get outside and look at the pretty colors of the trees changing around us.  I know that it won’t last long and the temperature will begin to really drop soon…so always need to enjoy it while it’s still here!

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Today begins a brand new challenge over at {Cupcake Inspirations} and there is a beautiful color palette to inspire your creativity to play along with us!  We’d love to see the colors:  Red, Orange and Yellow on your creations this time and we look forward to seeing what you come up with!  Here’s what I’ve come up with for this week’s inspiration:

I fell in love with these cool dies that were included in my Brutus Monroe September 2020 Inspiration Box and thought they would be perfect to use for pairing with some blended inks in a background!

I started with a watercolor panel and used Squeezed Lemonade, Mustard Seed, Carved Pumpkin, Crackling Campfire and Fired Brick Oxide Inks to blend over it.  I spritzed over it with water to form the droplet watermarks and once dried, I splattered the panel with both gold and black acrylic paint using a fan brush.  Once this panel was finished drying, I put each leaf die cut down to cover my panel and die cut it, but left them in place.  While leaving the leaves in place, I used the MFT Wonky Stitched Rectangle Die and cut out the panel with it.

I wanted the leaves to stand out a bit more in the background, so I die cut each of the leaves about 3 times each with black cardstock and layered them together with the ink blended ones on top.

I took the sentiment from the Brutus Monroe Autumn Bundles stamp set and heat embossed it over a strip of Raven cardstock with some Gilded EP.  Once I cut down the strip, I ran it through the die cut machine to get the Wonky Stitched Rectangle die marks along the edges.  I mounted this panel over a gold mirror cardstock and then over an A2 sized top folding black card base.  Lastly, I added some gold sequins that were included in the Inspiration Box and filled them with some gold Stickles in the centers. 

Here’s a closer view of the leaves and you can see the pretty embossed pattern in the leaves.

Really like how this turned out and I hope you did too!  Be sure to take a look over on the {Cupcake Inspirations} Challenge Blog to see the rest of the inspiration from the design team and join us for this fun color combo!

Thanks for stopping in today and I’ll see you soon!

Challenges:

  1.  Love to Scrap – LTSCB139 Anything Goes November
  2. Dream Valley – #236 Dies and/or Punches
  3. Arty Divas – #31 Anything Goes
  4. Crafty Creations – #415 Anything Goes
  5. The Paper Funday – #23 Anything Goes optional: Thankful

Dia de los Muertos with Monsters/Ghouls for {Cupcake Inspirations} Reminder

Hello there friends!  I hope that you’ve had a wonderful Halloween weekend!  It always go by so fast for me which is why I’m so happy that there is STILL one more week left for our {Cupcake Inspirations} Challenge with the theme “Monster/Ghouls“!  (This can be interpreted in several different ways…not just for Halloween!)

So I hope that you will be able to share something for our current challenge before it ends this week!  We look forward to seeing your makes!

Now, I realize that Halloween day is past us, BUT…my sister-in-law celebrates her Mexican tradition of Dia de los Muertos which is “Day of the Dead” and it starts on Halloween at midnight and ends November 2nd.  So I thought I would share this fun “ghoul” card representing the Holiday that I’ve made for her:

I don’t own any “sugar skull” type of stamps, but I have seen some and think they’re really cool looking!  I did have this stunning card panel from the Brutus Monroe Halloween Creative Kit that is printed on toner ink so that you can foil over it.

I started by ink blending over it with Worn Lipstick, Spun Sugar, Shabby Shutters and Peeled Paint Distress inks and then I took some Rose Gold Deco Foil and ran it through my laminator to get that pretty foiled background.  I then cut it out with the MFT Wonky Stitched Rectangle die and mounted it over an A2 sized top folding Raven card base. 

For the Sugar Skull, I cut it out with my Cricut Explore machine in the several different colors and paper pieced it onto the white skull using a piece of sticker sheet behind it.  It was popped up over the card with foam tape.

I printed out the words on my computer and die cut it out with a MFT border die and sponged around it with some Worn Lipstick and Spun Sugar inks that I’ve popped up over the card with foam tape.  Lastly, I added some rhinestones on each side as well as the eyeballs.

I also forgot that I used some black detail stickers in the corners of the design.  I’ve added some to the inside and then printed out a Spanish poem relating to the Holiday.

Hope that you’ve enjoyed my “Day of the Dead” card creation and please be sure to check out the {Cupcake Inspirations} blog to see the rest of the inspiration from the team and add your project to the challenge as well!

Thanks so much for dropping by today friends and I’ll be seeing you soon!💀

Challenges:

  1.  Crafty Cardmakers – “Things that go BUMP in the Night” (sadly closing blog.  Best wishes)
  2. Aud Sentiments – #263 Anything Goes + sentiment
  3. Krafty Chicks – #531 Anything Goes (Happy 10th birthday!)
  4. Cute Card Thursday – #658 Sparkles
  5. Creative Fingers – #196 Anything Goes

On the Farm Reminder for {Cupcake Inspirations}

Hello friends! I hope that you’ve enjoyed your weekend. I’m still spending some time with my husband as it’s a long Labor Day weekend for him. The weather over our way will certainly start to shift now and I’m looking forward to everything Autumn which is my favorite time of the year! Such a great time to be outdoors before the Winter sets in!

Today is our midway reminder over at the {Cupcake Inspirations} challenge blog with our “On the Farm” theme.  So if you haven’t played along with us yet, I hope you’re able to share your project with us within the next week!  We are enjoying seeing the wonderful creations so far!

Here’s my reminder project for this week:

I decided to pull out one of my past Brutus Monroe Inspiration Boxes that I didn’t get much a chance to play with and put together a card with that adorable Farmhouse Friends stamp set included with it.

There were lots of different textures included with the kit including that piece of buffalo check pattern mesh fabric that I put a layer of red cardstock, included in the kit, behind it.  I ran a piece of brown cardstock through an embossing folder as well as stenciled a cloud background over one of the printed panels included in the kit.  I also took some copper DecoFoil Transfer papers and foiled over the printed barns on it.  I put together this fun layout with those different pieces, cut them up and then die cut the entire panel with a Wonky Stitched Rectangle die from MFT.  I used the die again to cut an additional panel out with some kraft cardstock. 

That layer is where I’ve added the stamped, colored and cut out images from the stamp set.  I’ve also stamped a sentiment from the set at the bottom of the panel as well.  I layered this piece over some more of the brown cardstock and popped it up with foam tape.  Before attaching it to the panel, I wrapped some twine around the front panel and added a bow next to the animal panel. I added another layer of brown cardstock behind this and attached it all to an A2 sized top folding kraft card base.

 

Here you can see the shine from where the printed barns were foiled over the cloud stenciled background.

There was a “stain pen” included with the kit that you could actually use on the tiny wooden fence also included in that kit which you can see as a prop in my photo.  But I used it to color in my stamped fence on the card this time.  I’ve also taken a white gel pen for highlights on the animals and then I added some glossy accents to the chicken’s head, the pig’s nose and the sheep’s eyes which you can sort of see the reflection of light over those parts.

I lastly added some real wooden dots over the design including in the center of the twine bow.

Have you ever been to a farm or are familiar with the setting of a farm?  I grew up out in the country and have pretty much lived most of my life either near a farm or in a rural small town setting, so farm surroundings are very familiar to me and I forget that not everyone has had the experience of it.  I can’t imagine not being able to hear the sound of a cow “moo” for instance.  If you’ve not been on a farm, it’s quite an experience and lots of hard labor, but also a rewarding experience at the same time…so check it out sometime in your life if you can!

Hope you’ve enjoyed my creation today friends and thanks for stopping in! Be sure to stop by the {Cupcake Inspirations} blog today and check more inspiration from the team and play along!  I have something fun to share with you coming up shortly, so stay tuned!

Challenges:

  1. 2 Crafty Critter Crazies – Anything Goes + animal
  2. Crafty Animals – Anything Goes + animal 
  3. QKR Stampede – #403 Anything Goes
  4. Arty Divas – #29 Anything Goes
  5. Crafty Creations – #413 Anything Goes
  6. Simon Says Stamp Wednesday – Stamp It! (no digis)
  7. Aud Sentiments – Anything Goes + sentiment
  8. Krafty Chicks – #523 Stamp Act
  9. My Time to Craft – #440 Embossing (Wet/dry)

Inspiration Using the Brutus Monroe Magical Mouse Inspiration Box

Hello friends! Stopping in here this evening to share a little inspiration using a card kit and a fun video to follow along with while I’m making the projects you see here below:

I have a collection of card kits and really love the things in them, but I wasn’t getting many miles with any of them, so I thought the best way to do this was to “record” myself using the contents in these kits to make a video so that I would “be certain” that I was going to be using it! I was happy with the different projects that I made with it and I hope that it will be something to help inspire you in some way as well. Check out my video below or you can watch it on You Tube by CLICKING HERE.

I started out with this fun “Tee-Pee” or “Tent” card using some of the toner printed panels included in the kit and foiled over top of them:

 

I’ve colored up this sweet little mouse from the Brutus Monroe Stamp of the Month with Copics, cut him out with a circle die and layered him over a another circle piece with cardstock from the kit as well. I thought that the foiled panels and the shape of this “Tee-Pee” card made a fun looking cheese wedge design. Instruction on how I’ve put this together are included in the video above so you can try one out too!

My next card was so fun to put together starting with the background.  I used the Tim Holtz Speckled Egg Distress Oxide Ink with the “smooshing technique” and splattering some of the Gold Sparkle Hyper Pigment Ink included with the card kit.  The image was colored with Copic markers and attached to the background panel.  I white heat embossed the sentiment over a piece of black that was die cut with a banner die.  I finished it off with sequins also included in the inspiration box.

 

My next project is using the Brutus Monroe Stencil of the month for the background and then I arranged some more colored up images from the Mouse Friends stamp set that was included in the Inspiration Box.  I added some details with more of the Gold Sparkle Hyper Pigment Ink, a glitter brush pen and Nuvo Crystal Drops for more sparkles.

 

My final card in the video shows how I’ve used the Brutus Monroe Aqua Pigment of the month for the background along with some more splattering.  I think this made such a cool background for many possibilities!

I stamped, colored and cut out four of those star images with the commet tail on it, but cut if off all but one of them to pop up with foam tape over the background.  I finished it with sequins for the kit filled in the center with more Stickles.

 

So for my last card, this was the only project that wasn’t included with the video because my camera had gave me some issues. This is actually what the Velveteen Glaze looks like when it’s dry. It’s hard to describe because when in the container, it’s very glossy looking, but when it’s dry, it has a matte finish that has a velvet feel. I used the stencil included with this kit to use it.

I’ve also used another one of those panels from the kit and ink blended over it and then cut it at a diagonal so that the stenciled sun shows up over the panel. I added more of the images from the set as well as the sentiment and then of course I need to use some of that pretty ribbon from the kit and added that along the bottom with a bow.

Of course I’ve added more glitter with some Nuvo Glitter Drops over some areas.

I sure enjoyed making these projects with this Inspiration Box! I hope that you’ve enjoyed my creations as well and come craft along with me in the video too! Would love to know what you think of these and if you’d like to see more videos with the monthly Inspiration Boxes, let me know and we can both knock them out together!😉

Thanks so much for spending this time with me and crafting! I sure enjoy reading what you have to say about anything! Wishing you a wonderful and happy weekend my friends! See you soon!

Challenges:

  1. Dream Valley – #231 Shaped Card (Tee-Pee/Tent card) 
  2. Sweet Stampers – Outdoor Fun (rainbow/floral cards)
  3. Color Crazy Craft – Anything Goes + coloring
  4. Alphabet Challenge – ‘K’ for Kraft (Tee-Pee/Tent card)
  5. Daring Cardmakers – In the Garden (Floral and bug/sunshine cards)

GIVEAWAY TIME on My You Tube Channel!🎉

Hello there friends! I wanted to be sure to sneak this post in here to make sure you knew that I am doing a fun Giveaway on my You Tube Channel right now, but you only have ONE WEEK to enter!

In addition to the giveaway, I have a quick storage idea(s) for your card kits too! Check out the video here below, but to enter, you will need to leave a comment on You Tube:

I will have another video coming up very shortly on how I’ve used the card kit that I’ve talked about in the video above, so stay tuned in for that as well!

Please subscribe to my channel if you haven’t already and share my video with anyone you think may be interested!  Just remember you must leave a comment on the video telling me what future videos you’d like to see from me!  This is open to anyone, so best of luck!

I will be back again later to share more projects I’ve been busy with!😃

Thanks for popping in!

Spooky Ombre & Welcome Gnomes for Dare to Get Dirty

Hello friends!  I’m back again today to share a couple more cards that I’ve made for the Splitcoaststampers “Dare to Get Dirty” event!  They’ve released another batch of challenge over there today!  There is certainly lots of crafty fun going on lately, isn’t there?!😀

My first card was made for a challenge from the lovely Lee:

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This card was so much fun to create!  I’ve used only purple shades to make this entire design!  I started out with a white piece of cardstock using the MFT Rolling Clouds stencil and ink blended them in with several Stampin’ Up! inks that I’ve had in my stash for quite a while now! LOL!  After I was done, I spritzed it with a water bottle.

I took the awesomely spooky Trick or Treat stamp set from Brutus Monroe and used some SU! Elegant Eggplant ink to stamp the witch image, bat and the sentiment at the bottom.  I used my MISTI to stamp several times to darken the ink up on them.

I cut out the panel with a stitched rectangle and then cut out an additional piece of Brutus Monroe Potion Cardstock with a stitched scallop rectangle die from MFT. I layered it over an A2 sized top folding Elegant Eggplant card base.

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I then took a glitter brush pen to “color in” the inside of the moon around the witch that gave a really cool shimmer look to it. I then started noticing that it was taking away some of the purple ink while doing this, which was really awesome as it made the moon glow even more!  (I just had to be careful around the witch because she was stamped with regular dye purple ink and I didn’t want to blur it.)

I finished the design with some Brutus Monroe Lilac Matte Sequins that I filled with some Violet Galaxy Crystal Nuvo Drops.  It’s much more sparkly in person!


My next card was made for a challenge from the lovely Kelly:

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This scene was really fun to put together!  I fell in the love with the little house and gnomes from the Simon Says Stamp Gnome School.  I thought it would make a nice “new home” type of card.  I colored them up and cut them out with the coordinating dies to arrange over my scene.

The scene started with a piece of kraft that was ran over with the SSS Petal Plate die for the texture in the background.  I cut out some clouds and a border of grass with dies and inked them up with some inks for shadows.  I then took this panel and cut it all out with a stitched rectangle die and mounted it over a top folding A2 sized black card base.  I also took a sentiment strip from the SSS Gnome School Sentiment Strips to place over the design while arranging the images over the scene.

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For the sign on top of the “home”, I used one of the sentiments made for that spot and white heat embossed it over my coloring.  Hard to tell in the photo, but I’ve also covered the heart on the gnome’s hat as well as the glasses on the gnome with a glitter brush pen.  I also did the same for the windows on the home.

I hope you’ve enjoyed my creations for today and I sure appreciate you stopping in to check out all of the happenings that are going on!  Hope you’re able to join in some of what’s going on too!  See you soon!

Challenges:

  1.  Simon Says Stamp Wednesday – Oh So cute (bottom card only)
  2. Stamps & Fun = Creativity – #372 Lavendar or Purple (top card)
  3. Always Fun – #177 In the Sky Scene (top card)
  4. Crafting Happiness – #63 Anything Goes

Galaxy Powders with LOTS of projects + video!🚀⭐

Hello there friends!  I’m a tad late with my post today, but I ended up hurting my shoulder and it was a bit hard to get on the computer to type things up! LOL!  I tihnk I’ll be able to recover a bit over the weekend…I hope anyway!

So today, I’ve pulled out some media that I hadn’t gotten a chance to REALLY play with until now.  I had so much fun and decided to turn on my camera and do a video with it as well!  (I’m a bit rusty with video making as I haven’t done one for a while and hope to do some more in the near future!)

Here’s my play with the Brutus Monroe Galaxy Powders:

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My first of projects here are ATCs!  Do you remember back in the day for the “older crafters” that we use to trade those ATCs at conventions and such?!  I loved getting them from people from other countries!  ATCs (aka: Artist Trading Cards) are 2.5″ x 3.5″ with info on the back to trade with other artists.  You could even transform these to place on regular cards, etc. which I’ve done before too!

I’ve taken a piece of Midnight cardstock and started playing around with these Galaxy Powders and also used the fun ATC kit for the chipboard backs and the rocket details.

To show how the Galaxy powders work up close, check out my video below!  I started by making the backgrounds and then I worked each background into finished projects…CLICK HERE if you want to see it on You Tube or just watch it below:

Sometimes it’s fun to sit and just have fun playing around getting crafty!  I just got my July Inspiration Box (card kit) from Brutus Monroe and plan on doing the same thing with that too very soon!  So I hope you’ll come back and subscribe to my video channel to watch and see what projects I come up with for it!  I may have something special planned for my viewers too!😉

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And for this card, I’ve taken the Brutus Monroe High Tide stencil and went over it on Raven cardstock and brushed over it with the Galaxy Powders.

I’ve used this gorgeous butterfly from the Brutus Monroe 3×4 Take Flight stamp set and attached it over the panel along with the sentiments.  That Mirrorstock paper is really stunning and a little bit goes a long way with that!  (You can check out my video for full instruction on how I put this card together too!)

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My last project here shows how I’ve used the Galaxy Powders over a stamp!  I’ve used the 3×4 Brutus Monroe Smile On stamp set for that.  It’s hard to see in the photo the pretty shine on it, so be sure to catch the video to see it in action!  I used a white pencil to highlight some details on the image too.

I used a stitched rectangle die to cut it out and then used a stitched scallop rectangle die to cut out a piece of Alabaster cardstock to layer behind it.  I used Lunchbag cardstock for the A2 sized card base panel and then used the Embossing Ink to randomly stamp the “smile face” image for the background from the So Emotional 3×4 stamp set.

I also layered on a piece of the Sequin Sheets…very cool…between the layers of the sentiment panel and white scallop layered panel to attach to my card and then I used some metallic clear ribbon over that along with a bow before popping up my main image panel with foam tape.

Hope you’ve enjoyed my projects today along with my video on the review of the Galaxy Powders and learned a few things about them!  If there is anything in particular that you’d like to learn more about in a video, please let me know!

Have a wonderful day and I’ll see you again soon!

Challenges:

  1.  Brutus Monroe FB Group – use a 3×4 Brutus Monroe stamp set
  2. Crafting Happiness – #58 Anything Goes
  3. Pammies Inky Pinkies – PIP2029 Anything Goes
  4. Fab ‘N’ Funky – Use Real Stamp (no digis)
  5. Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge – Reach for the Stars (ATCs)
  6. ATC ARound the World – Sun, Moon and Stars (ATCs only)