Excited to Be Joining the Brutus Monroe Inspiration DT Blog Hop With Subscription Products!

Hello friends!!  I’m so excited to share with you today that I’ve been asked to join the Brutus Monroe Inspiration Design Team!  🙂  Yay!!!  As I’ve mentioned before, I love crafting with their products and I can’t wait to share my crafty projects using these amazing products with you!

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Every Wednesday, there is an “Inspiration Team Blog Hop” where the entire talented team shares different inspiration with a certain theme in mind.  Be sure to subscribe to the Brutus Monroe Blog for updates and daily inspiration!  The inspiration for this week is “Subscription Products”!!  If you are not familiar with the Brutus Monroe subscription products, be sure to check out all the different options by CLICKING HERE!!  (They’re ALL awesome every month!!)

The subscription product that I’m using today is the August “Embossing Powder of the Month” aka EPOTM)  The name for this month’s embossing powder is “Gadgets and Gizmos“.   I think it’s awesome that all of the different subscription products work well together if you want to use them in that way.  If you like steam punk style and/or mixed media, then this month’s theme is for you!  Check out the Steampunk Inspiration Box and you’ll see what I mean!

Although the name of the embossing powder implies Steampunk style, I wanted to share a different alternative than “wheels and cogs” for a design that you could use it for, but still keep the “metal” aspect too:

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I really love how this one tuned out!  I have used an older technique for my card, but one that I thought incorporates the fun metal style without being Steampunk.  I have used the “Faux Metal” technique on my card along with the “emboss resist” technique.

In order to share the steps of this card, I’ve made video so you can see how I incorporated these techniques into my design.  CLICK HERE to watch on You Tube or check it out below:

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Here’s a closer view of the impressed flower into the embossed panel.  It’s fun to run your fingers over the flower.  I happened to have found the perfect accent for the center of the flower too!  I think it really picks up the pretty Augbergine colors in the card.

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I hope you’ve enjoyed my card today using the August EPOTM from Brutus Monroe!  Be sure to check out the rest of the Inspiration from the talented design team linked below so you can see all of the different ways you can use the subscription products:

Brutus Monroe products with links used on my creation today:

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Challenges I’d like to enter this card for:

  1.  Rainbow Card – Passion for Purple0819 Passion for Purple
  2. Crafty Friends – Lace/Ribbon

Conservatory of Quotes – Guest Designing with Brutus Monroe! + video!

Hello friends!  I’m super excited that this month I have the pleasure of guest designing for Brutus Monroe!  Yay!

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I know you have probably heard me mention some of their products in my creations here on my blog, so it’s really an honor to be among one of the guests joining with them over on their blog this month! 🙂

I had SO MUCH FUN with my creation today and I can’t wait to share it with you…

*To check out the full details on how I put together this card and how I created the rainbow background, be sure to check out this video below!  (CLICK HERE to view it on You Tube.)

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I have used mostly ALL Brutus Monroe products on this design.  One of my most favorite products of theirs to “play” with is the Aqua Pigments and all of the really cool watercolor effects you can get with them!  This is what I have used throughout the card here from the background to coloring the floral image.

Speaking of floral image, isn’t it gorgeous?!  I have had this stamp set on my wish list for a very long time, so I was happy to recieve the Conservatory of Quotes stamp set to play with for this design.  It not only has this gorgeous floral image, but it has some really awesome quotes to go with it!

For my card, I first started by masking off an area with some purple tape on some Aqua Pigment Paper that was large enough for my floral image.  Then I made the background with some help from the “Create Your Own Ending ruler” and baby wipes.  I used a stitched rectangle die, added the sentiment at the bottom of my rainbow panel and made some splatters.  I mounted this piece onto an A2 sized top folding BM Raven cardstock.

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For the image, I had actually started out doing this card in one direction and then totally went a different way.  But the image was stamped with the BM Raven Detail Ink a couple of times over the Aqua Pigment Paper and colored it with Aqua Pigments using the Aqua Pigment Brush Set.  I cut an entire image of one and attached it over the rainbow background with liquid glue and then I fussy cut just the flowers and popped them up with foam tape over the full image.  I added some of that gorgeous shimmer with the BM Pearl Aqua Pigment and then finished off the design by adding some clear sequins over it.

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I hope you’ve enjoyed my card today as I had so much fun making it!  I can’t wait to create another project to share with you this month using Brutus Monroe products!  So be sure to stay tuned this month and follow along on the Brutus Monroe Blog for more inspiration with these products!

Challenges I’d like to enter this card for:

  1.  Stamping Sensations – Show Your True Colors
  2. Get Creative – Anything Goes with optional twist: Favorite color combo
  3. Through the Craft Room Door – Anything Goes
  4. Artistic Inspiration – Anything Goes
  5. Crafting By Designs – Anything Goes
  6. Alphabet Challenge – “F” is for Flowers
  7. Simply Create Too – Anyting Goes with optional twist:  Lots of flowers
  8. Rainbow Card Challenge – Neon Rainbow0619 Neon Rainbow

Guest Designing for Digi Doodle!

Hello friends!  I’m back today to share some fun news with you!!!!

 

I’m very excited to finally be able to share with you that I’m guest designing for

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Digi Doodle Stamps!

Please be sure and stop by the adorable shop and have a look at these images!  They’re so cute!  They also have a fun monthly challenge if you’re interested in playing along with that too!  You can use any image as long as it’s colored!  You can also join in their Facebook Group for lots of inspiration too!

Today, I’m sharing my first card for them with this really adorable image:

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I have used the Loves Me Loves Me Not digital stamp to create my card.

What I had in mind when making this card was all of that crazy rain we were having this past month and how it seemed to never end.  I also loved the flowers she was holding because my daisies came up in my back yard and they really make me happy seeing them bloom.  So I combined this image with some rainfall in the background and took away the petals from the image to make it appear as if she’s holding out her hand in the rain!  🙂  Hubby has been taking extra great care of me while all of this rain was happening around us and I think this would be a special card for someone who always seems to bring out that happy sunshine no matter the weather!  (His favorite color is blue!)  Wink wink

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Here’s a closer view of the coloring I’ve done on her with Copics.  For the background, I’ve taken a white panel and stamped some rain drops from another stamp set in my stash.  I fussy cut out my colored image and attached her over top of that rain panel.  I took some Nuvo Glitter Drops and added them over the rain drops in the background behind her.  I also white heat embossed the sentiment (From MFT) and cut it out with a banner die and slipped that under her foot when placing it on my card.

It’s hard to tell in the photo, but I’ve covered her bow and top of her hair with a glitter pen to make it look like she’s been wet in the rain.

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For the rest of my card, I’ve added the raindrop background light blue stitched scallop card panel over a dark blue layer and attached some pink ribbon around them.  I’ve added the bow to the side and then attached a yellow enamel heart over that.  These panels were mounted over an A2 sized white top folding card base.

Lastly, I’ve added the image panel and mounted it over the yellow scalloped panel and another piece of dark blue cardstock that was attached with foam tape.

I hope that you’ve enjoyed my card today and it brought you a smile!  Thank you so much for stopping by with me today!  I will be having another really super fun post to share with you tomorrow, be sure to stop by!

Challenges:

  1.  Love to Scrap – Anything Goes
  2. Creative Craft Cottage – Eileen’s Anything Goes (Digi Doodle is sponsoring!)
  3. Pammie’s Inky Pinkies – PIP1922 Anything Goes
  4. The Paper Girls – Top 5 Faves (Coloring, sparkle, hearts, ribbon, flowers)
  5. Watercooler Wednesday – WWC224Anything Goes Feminine WWC224 - Karen's Feminine Anything Goes Challenge
  6. Crafting with an Attitude – Anything Goes

Thinking of You with Fleur

Hello friends!  I hope that you had a lovely weekend!  Here we are with the last week of May already and Summer is showing itself in many ways right now.  I do love seeing the flowers everyone has been sharing posts of with their yards full of blooms coming up everywhere!

Today I have this card using a cute Whimsy Stamps Digital stamp:

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This cutie was released this month by CC Designs called “Fleur“.  (Be sure to check out May’s Digital Release by CLICKING HERE if you haven’t yet!)  Be sure to stop back by on Saturday to check out June’s release too!

I just love the ring of flowers in her hair!  I’ve actually printed her out twice so that I could cut a few extra flowers to add to the accents of my design!

For my card, I’ve taken a panel from the Rustic Woods and Brick digital papers and used that for the background of my design.  I took a marker and added some dash marks for a stitch look.  I added this piece to a 5″ square top folding suede card base which I sponged around the edges with some white ink.  I did the same for the die cut fence panels and the circle layer behind the image.

I’ve taken a piece of decorative paper from my stash and sponged some ink around it and also wrapped some ogandy ribbon around it before attaching to the card front base.  I then die cut some grass to go over my fence border.  My image was cut with a stitched circle die and sponged around the edges with the same ink as the decorative paper.  This was layered over top of the suede circle panel and these were popped up with some craft foam.  I’ve added the bow and the cut out flowers from the extra printed out image and then I’ve added a flower gem in the center of the bow.  Each flower including the ones on the image were filled with some Nuvo Honey Gold Glitter Drops.  I stamped a sentiment from the Whimsy Stamps Everyday Mini Sentiments clear stamp set with the same suede color ink.

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Here’s a closer look at the coloring on this image.  I’ve used the following Copic colors to color her in with: (Click on the underlined numbers to view/purchase from Whimsy Stamps)

  • Hair – Y00 (used for base), Y11, YR21, YR24, YR27
  • Skin – E21, E11, E00, E000, R20
  • Outfit/Shoes – E89, E87, E84, E81
  • Flowers – BG000, BG10
  • White gel pen used for cheeks and around hair flowers
  • Ground/shadow – C1, E0000

You can also see the details from the Nuvo Glitter Drops that I’ve used in the center of the flowers including the one in the center of the bow.

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If you haven’t yet, be sure to hop on over to the Whimsy Stamps and Inspirations Facebook Group and share your Whimsy Stamps creations with us!  You never know if you could be picked for a Sunday Spotlight winner!  Those shown in the “spotlight” also have a chance to maybe be apart of a guest design spot as well!  So be sure to share your makes with us!

Thanks so much for stopping by!  I enjoy reading your thoughts! 🙂  See you soon!

Whimsy Stamps Products used today:

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(See above for each Copic color number)

Challenges:

  1.  Little Red Wagon – Flower Frenzy #498
  2. The House That Stamps Built – M2219 Anything Goes
  3. Pammies Inky Pinkies – PIP1921 Anything Goes
  4. Crafting From the Heart – Anything Goes

 

Tie a Bow for Cute Card Thursday

Hello friends!  Here we are at another Thursday already!  Where does this time thing go?!  I’m trying to embrace Spring for as long as possible.

Today starts a new challenge over at Cute Card Thursday and this week we’d like to see your “Tie a Bow” creations!  I am a huge fan of ribbon and have WAY too much that I could never possibly use it all in my life time!  LOL!  How about you?  Do you have a big ribbon stash too?

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So does it feel like we are at the salon?  She’s fashioning her “new do” which I think would be so fun to go have a spa day with mom or your favorite female person, right?!

The sponsor for this week’s challenge over at Cute Card Thursday is All Dressed Up Stamps and I have used this cute image from the store called “New Hair Do” for my card today.  Now although she does already have a bow tied to her hair, I thought this was a good opportunity for me to pull out some of my ribbon and actually tie a bow!  I thought this image would make for a wonderful feminine/mother’s day card too.

I started out by white heat embossing a piece of purple cardstock with a Simon Says Stamp Background stamp called Flower Explosion.  The sentiment on the black banner was also white heat embossed and placed over the design right above the “mom” sentiment that was die cut with silver mirror cardstock.  I layered the purple embossed panel over a piece of black cardstock.

I ran a piece of white organdy ribbon around the two layers and then added the oval cut image panels onto the card front.  I added the tied bow with the organdy ribbon off to the right side and then layered another bow I tied with some silver cord and then topped that with a pearl accent.  All of these layered were attached to a 5″ square white top folding card base.

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Here’s a closer look at the coloring of the image.  I’ve used Copic markers to color her in with and brushed some Wink of Stella over her bow.  (Which is hard to see of course!)  I’ve also taken some tiny pearls and randomly added them to her hair.

The ovals were cut out with the Tonic Studios Basic Oval dies and then I also sponged some Tumbled Glass distress ink around the edges of the scallop image panel before attaching it to the black oval panel.

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By the way, I have chosen the color theme purple for my card today as it’s my favorite color.  I have actually used many of my favorite items for this card, so I hope you’ve enjoyed it too!  (purple, ribbon, metallic, heat embossing, die cut sentiment, Copic coloring, pearls, florals, background stamps…I have too many favorites! LOL!)   Do you have lots of favorites too?

Please be sure to hop on over to the Cute Card Thursday blog and have a look at the inspiration from the design team and be sure to play along with us for a chance to win something from our wonderful sponsor!  Looking forward to seeing what you come up with!  Thanks for dropping in!  I’ll be back soon with some fun pics!

Challenges:

  1.  All Dressed Up Challenge – (April) Anything Goes + ADU image
  2. All Dressed Up Facebook Challenge – ADU image + use favorite color(s) (purple)
  3. Always Fun – #109 Female/Mom
  4. Crafting By Designs – Girls
  5. Simon Says Stamp Wednesday – For a Special Lady
  6. The House That Stamps Built – Tic Tac Toe M819 (I used first across:  Moms, Black & one color, gems or pearls) or (Diagonal:  Moms, Shimmer or Sparkle & Die Cuts)m819

Happy Spring With Brutus Monroe Beautiful Blooms

Hello friends!  Just popping by to wish you all a wonderful weekend and to share a “Happy Spring” card to make you smile:

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I’ve just gotten this month’s Brutus Monroe Beautiful Blooms Inspiration Box (sorry, sold out!) and was wanting to play with the lovely stamp set and products inside!  I also wanted to play with the Buttercup Aqua Pigment released this month too.  (For Aqua Pigment subscribers only.)  If you haven’t tried coloring with these Aqua Pigments, they’re so so pretty! – (See a closer view of my image below!)  They have just released some NEON ones that are so awesome!  You can color them on black cardstock and they glow so bright with a black light over them! -see his video on it HERE (started at 15:30)  Reminds me of those glow in the dark necklaces as a child! – Hope to be trying some soon!

So for my card, I started with the glitter embossed panel from the kit and took the Sea Glass ink pad that came with the kit and ink blended over this panel.  I cut it down and then die cut a scallop piece of the purple cardstock from the kit and then attached it to an A2 sized top folding BM Alabaster piece of cardstock.

Although I really liked the sentiments from this month’s stamp set (Spring Wreath), I wanted it to be Spring-like, so I took a sentiment from last month’s Inspiration Box (Some Bunny) and stamped it with black ink over a piece of vellum and then clear heat embossed it.  I cut the strip into a banner and then ran it through my Xyron machine to get it sticky and attached to the bottom of the card front.

Lastly, I’ve attached the image with foam tape over the card front panel and then glued a bow made with some of the ribbon from the kit.  I then atached some purple colored gems, also from the kit, randomly over the front.

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Here’s a closer view of the watercolor I’ve done over this image.  First, I’ve heat embossed the image and used the BM Aqua Pigments to color it in.   I’ve slightly tilted it so you can see the pretty shimmer that these Aqua Pigments give to the look of it!  The regular colors don’t shimmer, but the metallics (linked above) do shimmer beautifully!  There are so many cool things you can do with these and maybe some day I can share more! 🙂  I then glued the bow of the wreath image and popped up the wreath to place on the front of the card.

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Hope you’ve enjoyed my card today and I wish you all a very happy Easter!  Thanks so much for stopping in!  See you soon!

Challenges:

  1.  Through the Craft Room Door – Anything Goes
  2.  Try it On Tuesday – Springtime
  3. Addicted to Stamps & More! – Make Your MarkMake Your Mark badge
  4. Daring Cardmakers – Blooming Wonderful
  5. My Time to Craft – Spring Flowers

Coming Up Flowers at Cute Card Thursday

Hello friends!  Welcome to Thursday!  We are already near Easter this weekend and it’s a great time to be thinking about flowers!  This is the new challenge this week over at Cute Card Thursday, so I hope you can join in the floral fun with us!

I decided to pull out some stamps that I received a few months ago by Repeat Impressions from a challenge win because they are ALL floral themed and I thought it would be perfect to work with for the challenge:

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To help with my design, I’ve used the tic-tac-toe board from the Repeat Impressions challenge.  (see below).  I have used the Flower Power Background stamp and stamped it with white ink over a piece of vellum and then mounted it over a light purple piece of cardstock so that it was a bit more subtle looking, but yet still had the floral pattern.

I’ve also taken one of the stamps from the Beautiful Days Collection called “Daisies & Butterfly” and stamped it with water proof ink over a piece of Bristol smooth watercolor cardstock.  After coloring it, I fussy cut the image and then die cut a scallop square layer to place behind it and then cut another layer of black cardstock to layer behind that.  I thought it really brought out the details of the image.  The butterfly was popped up with some foam squares.

Lastly, I’ve stamped a sentiment, did some paper piercing with a tool pick around the corners of the vellum layer and around the image layer.  All of these layers were mounted over an A2 sized top folding white card base.  I then took some clear “dew drops” and attached them over the front of the card.

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Here’s a closer view of the watercolor I’ve done on the image.  I’ve used my Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers and occasional help with a water brush to blend or soften up the colors as needed.  Hard to see, of course, but I’ve taken a glitter brush pen and went over the wings on the butterfly.  You can also see the details of the paper piercing that I’ve done on the vellum.

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I noticed that after I had stamped the sentiment with black ink, the white ink from the vellum showed through a bit.  I was going to layer something over it, but decided that I actually liked it that way, so left it.

I’m always out of sympathy cards when I need one, so this will be a nice one to have on hand for that.

Hope you’ve enjoyed my card today and I look forward to seeing your gorgeous floral designs at the Cute Card Thursday challenge gallery this week!  Thanks so much for stopping in and I’ll see you again tomorrow!!  🙂

Challenges for this card:

  1.  Repeat Impressions – A1019 Tic-Tac-Toe (I’ve used the last row across)a1019
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  3. Allsorts – Blossoms, Butterflies and/or Bugs
  4. The Creative Crafters – Anything Goes
  5. Simon Says Stamp Monday – Beautiful Blooms