Happy Thanksgiving with Gold at Cute Card Thursday!

Happy Thanksgiving!  (For those that celebrate the Holiday)  I will be busy today visiting with my family and having dinner.  I look forward to seeing my boys as it’s been a few months without seeing them!  So it will be fun!

Today starts up a brand new challenge over at Cute Card Thursday and the theme for this week is “GOLD!”  Really fun and versatile metallic to use in your creations, so I look forward to seeing what everyone comes up with for this!

In conjunction with the Thanksgiving Holiday today, I thought my creation for this week’s challenge needed to reflect that:

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Since the main goal of the challenge is using gold, I kept the main focus on doing that, plus there are a couple of challenges going on that helped me figure out how to put it all together.  (see bottom of post for challenges.)

I have pulled out a recent Brutus Monroe card kit I got called Plaid Tidings and used the stamp sets in the kit along with the plaid foilable toner sheet for the strip in the background.  (Since I’m getting these inspiration boxes for a year…I hope to pull it out every month to make creations using them!)

I started out with an A2 sized top folding white card base and used a Darice embossing folder to emboss the leaves over the kraft background panel.  I took the toner printed plaid sheet from the card kit and foiled over it with some Brutus Monroe Gold Static Foil Transfer sheets and layered it over a piece of Bazzil Gold Mirror Cardstock and another piece of white cardstock.  I attached this to the embossed background.

For the background panel and the cut out leaves, I’ve used the “Kissing Technique” to add the plaid image over the leaves included in the card kit.  I sponged around this panel along with the leaves with some kraft colored ink and attached the white panel to another piece of the gold mirror cardstock.  I’ve added some gold ribbon around it and used some foam tape to pop it up a bit.

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Here’s a closer view at some of the details in my card design.  (You can better see the foiling done over the plaid with that Gold Static foil!)

For the sentiment, I heat embossed it over white cardstock with some Brutus Monroe Gilded Embossing Powder.  This sentiment is from the same stamp set in the card kit.  I die cut it out with a circle die and sponged some more kraft colored ink around this and then attached it to another circle layer of the gold mirror cardstock.

I attached this over the square leaves and ribbon panel and added a gold ribbon bow at the top of it.  To finish it off I added some gold sequins filled with Ranger Gold Stickles.

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Hope you’ve enjoyed my GOLD Thanksgiving card today!  Be sure to stop by the Cute Card Thursday Challenge Blog and play along with us this week!  Looking forward to seeing all of that pretty gold in the gallery! 🙂

Have a beautiful day!  I’m thankful today for my wonderful family and lovely crafty friends that I have right here!  I appreciate you being here with me!

Challenges:

  1.  Try Stamping On Tuesday – TSOT436 sketchTSOT 436
  2. Daring Cardmakers – Natural, Gold and White
  3. Shopping Our Stash – SOS409 So Thankful
  4. Stamp, Ink, Paper– SIP206 ThankfulSIP-Challenge-206-Thankful-NEW-800
  5. Crafter’s Castle – Anything goes November
  6. Pammie’s Inky Pinkies – PIP1947 Anything Goes

Spots and Dots for Cute Card Thursday

Hello friends!  Hope you’re having a great week so far.  The month of October is flying right through and I know once Halloween gets here, it will be the end of the year before we know it!

Today starts a new challenge over at Cute Card Thursday this week!  We are looking for “Spots and Dots” on your creations this time!  We look forward to seeing your take on this one!

For my card, I decided to keep it rather simple as I needed a card for my brother’s birthday this past weekend, so I didn’t want to add too much to it:

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This card is using items from the Simon Says Stamp Sweet Birthday Limited Edition card kit which has since been sold out, but I know that you can still purchase a few of the items that were included in the kit.

I started out by taking the SSS Celebrate stencil from the kit and spread on some Deco Foil Transfer Gel over a white piece of cardstock from the kit and let it completely dry before moving on.  After it was dry, I took the Rainbow Shattered Glass transfer foil sheet and put it through my laminator.  It looks so pretty and shinny with a wow factor to it!  I cut this piece down and layered it over a black scallop square die cut panel.  I then layered these pieces over the green colored Tim Holtz Metallic paper from the kit.

For the square card, I used a black top folding 4.25″ black card base and then layered another piece of that green metallic paper over it.  I took a ‘dotted’ piece of paper from the Honey Bee Over the Rainbow papers (included in the kit) and layered it over top of the metallic green.  Then I added my foiled balloons panel over this.

Lastly, I took the sentiment from the Simon Says Stamp Sweet Birthday stamp set and white heat embossed it over a piece of black cardstock that I trimmed down to a banner and popped up over the card with some foam tape.

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I really didn’t want to add too much more to it as it was for a male and I think with all of that foil and shine, it really didn’t need much else!  I think it’s fun, simple and really cheery looking especially with that foiling done.

I was able to pop this in his door before we left for the weekend and he let me know that it brightened up his day, so that was great to hear!

I know that I’m getting this fun kit out again very soon as I am in need of another birthday card to send to someone that needs a good birthday cheer and I’m happy to do it!  Besides, this kit looks to be so much to play with for sure!  🙂

Be sure to join us over the Cute Card Thursday Challenge this week!  Thanks so much for stopping in and I’ll see you soon!

**Please scroll down if you care to see some personal photos of our recent trips!**

Challenges:

  1.  Pammie’s Inky Pinkies – PIP1941 Anything Goes
  2. Crafty Cardmakers – Sparkle
  3. Through the Craft Room Door – Anything Goes
  4. A Bit More Time to Craft – Anything Goes
  5. Watercooler Wednesday – WWC243 Masculine Anything GoesWWC243 - Heidi's Masculine Anything Goes Challenge

**Below are some photos and details of our recent trips if you’re interested!**

Now I wanted to be sure to share some photos with you as promised from hubby and my last two weekends out and about with our shenanigans!  LOL

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The first weekend in October we visited Hannibal, MO and visited the Mark Twain museum and even went for a tour in the Mark Twain Cave!  It was very interesting!  You couldn’t be claustraphobic as there were a few tight areas in there!  I didn’t get any photos of the cave, but it’s so amazing in person!

This photo above shows us after we came back down from seeing the Mark Twain Memorial Lighthouse.  As you can see there are several steps to get up there, but what you don’t see is how many steps we took just to get to the point of where we are in the photo too! Whew!

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My husband finally decided to take me on that cruise…along the Mississippi River that is! LOL!  They had a Mark Twain Riverboat tour that we took and it was a fun boat to check out along the river while listening to the stories from the captain.

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So while listening to the stories from the Captain on the riverboat cruise, we heard about the story of “Lover’s Leap” and so we decided to investigate it before we left.  In the background you can see a view of the Mississippi River.  It was pretty up there and a long way down!


So we came back home for some “downtime” and to unwind before going out this last weekend for another trip near the Starved Rock Park area:

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We decided to get going in the morning but it had really cooled down over night and we knew starting out we would need our heavy coats.

And all I can say is that the photos do not do justice to what it was actually like over here.  It is absolutely gorgeous!  The photo above is our “lowest level starting point” during our ‘hike’ and that is the Illinois River behind us.

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We came through the Visitor’s Center and briefly went through the small museum and started going through some of the trails.  They seemed to wind all over the place with many different areas to go to!

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The main trail going straight was a slow incline and then several stairs to go upwards to where the top of Starved Rock was.  Here we are at the top along with tons of other people.  That is the Illinois River behind us again.  This was later in the day as you see the sun shining on us and getting warmer.

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And here we are with this gorgeous feature behind us among the trees where shelves of rock walls lay and water running down.  It had warmed up enough for me to take my heavy coat off while walking around.  I think we look more serious as we were trying to capture the pretty view behind us.  LOL!  Nothing like seeing it in person of course!  (I just wish I was able to do more than what we did, but was still excited about what we did accomplish!)

We wanted to get up the next day and try to walk around a small town festival going on along with catching a tour to the Reddick Mansion later that day before we left, but we weren’t able to get there and had to get back home. (I will try again another day.)

This was fun to just get out and enjoy nature especially this time of the year.  I look forward to many more fun little trips in the future…especially with the love of my life!

Thanks so much for stopping in and sharing a bit of myself with you!  Wishing you a beautiful day friends!

Clear Foiling Techniques with Brutus Monroe

Hello friends!  I’m sharing another set of creations that I’ve made using the new Brutus Monroe Deco Foil products because I had so much “foiling fun” that I kept going with making more!  This time, I’m using those “clear sheets” from the Designer Toner Sheets:

For my Christmas card here, I’ve used my laminator to foil over the “clear sheet” from the Peppermint Twist Designer Toner Sheets with the new Red Static Foil Sheets.  This creates a “see-through” area for the shaker contents.

For the shaker part, I’ve taken one of the Brutus Monoe Self-Adhesive Shaker Pouches, attached it to a piece of Alabaster cardstock, very carefully trimmed off the edges, filled it with lots of sequins and confetti stars and then sealed it up to keep the contents inside moving freely.  I then placed the clear foiled piece over top of it by using some Stick-It sheets which helps to keep the adhesive from showing through.

I then took an A2 sized top folding Alabaster card base and used some score tape along the two edges and then rubbed some of the Gold Static Foil over it.  I then took the shaker panel and mounted it over top.

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The greeting and the Santa hat were attached over top from the Yuletide Greetings stamp set that I’ve cut out using the Yuletide Greetings Cut File.  I’ve colored up the hat with Copic markers and then added some glitter over the fur trimming.  I’ve just used my Xyron machine to run adhesive on the back of these pieces to adhere them.

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I’ve added a ribbon in the upper corner with a couple of gold bells tied to the center of the bow.

So I continued on with my “foiling fun” by also making Halloween too….

My second card uses one of the clear sheets as well from the Carved Designer Toner Sheets and I’ve used the Orange Sketch Foil sheet over that.  Since this is a clear sheet, I thought it would be fun to make the pumpkin faces stand out a little bit.  So I turned the sheet over and added some glitter behind each pumpkin face and let it dry.  (This might take some time to dry depending upon how thick you make it.)  Once dry, I took a Stick-It sheet again to attach it to a piece of Raven cardstock.

I mounted this over a piece of the Green Neon Cardstock that I’ve also used for my sentiment banner.  I then added these layers over an A2 sized top folding card base.

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Here you can see the glitter showing through pumpkin faces and how they appear to somewhat “glow” with the darker panel behind them.

For the sentiment banner, I took the sentiment from the Trick or Treat stamp set and heat embossed it with the Raven Sparkle EP and cut it into a banner.  I added a small wooden pumpkin for the accent that I painted with orange paint and clear glitter paint over that.

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Thanks so much for stopping in today!  I hope that you’ve enjoyed my creations and were inspired in some way!

Wishing you all a wonderful rest of your weekend and I’ll be seeing you again soon! 🙂

It’s Time for Foiling Fun!

Hello friends!  Happy Saturday!!  I hope you have a fun weekend planned!  🙂

Have you checked out the brand new Decofoil products from Brutus Monroe that just came out?! Check them all out HERE!  They’re really incredible and the results are stunning for making simple projects!

I’d like to share with you a couple of creations that I’ve made with the new Decofoil products:

For this card, I used both the Red and Gold Static transfer sheets and foiled it with the  Ornamental Toner Sheet.  I first  foiled it in red (but that sheet wasn’t used for this.)  I took the negitive of that red piece and placed it over a full Deco Foil Toner Sheet and then the black areas where the ornaments are, I took the gold transfer sheet and foiled the ornaments in that.  So it’s sort of a double foiling!

I added this foiled panel over a piece of Alabaster cardstock that I wrapped some gold ribbon around and then I heat set the sentiment from the Yuletide Greetings stamp set with Gilded embossing powder.  The sentiment was stamped with Embossing Ink from a Yuletide Greetings Cut File.

 

I also had fun making a Halloween card too:

For this card, I pretty much did the same as the card above in where I took the “negitive” from the foiled Webbed Toner Sheet using the Gold Transfer Sheet which made the webbing black.  I left it like that for the background of my card.

For the “ground” I took a piece of Raven cardstock and ripped some strips for the “dirt” and sponged the edges of it with a gold ink.  I took the images from the Trick or Treat stamp set and colored them up, fussy cut the out and arranged a scene at the bottom.  I took a Copic liner to write in my own grave markers.  🙂

I took the silhouette bat from the stamp set and heat embossed it over the foiled background with Raven Sparkle embossing powder.  I also used this for the sentiment banner that I made from some Speckled Egg card stock.  I also took some of the same carstock and layered it behind the card front and then mounted this over an A2 sized top folding card base.

Hope you’ve enjoyed my cards that I had so much fun foiling!   Thanks for stopping in today and I’ll see you again soon!!

Challenges:

  1.  Always Fun – Create a Scene #127 (bottom Halloween card)
  2. Pammies Inky Pinkies – PIP1936 Anything Goes
  3. Simon Says Stamp Monday – Stamp It
  4. Sweet Stampers – Use a Sentiment
  5. Through the Craft Room Door – Anything Goes
  6. Crafty Creations – Anything Goes

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:

3x4 June 2019 Inserts

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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

 

 

Brutus Monroe Inspirational Team ‘Anything Goes’ Blog Hop

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

Here’s what I made for today’s hop:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Challenges for my card:

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

 

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