Snowflakes for {Cupcake Inspirations}

Hello friends!  Happy Monday!  Hope that you’ve had a wonderful weekend and are ready for Christmas to come!  This Friday will be Christmas Day and I’m happy to have everything finished and ready to deliver the cookies and presents to family and enjoy the time with my husband.  Hoping that next year will be looking much different too!  Are you ready for Christmas or just ready for the year to be finished? 😉

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Today is the start of a new challenge over at {Cupcake Inspirations} with the theme of “SNOWFLAKES“!  The only difference for this challenge is that it is only lasting for ONE week instead of the noraml 2 weeks.  Also, this will be my final post as a design team member for them as well.  I have really enjoyed being apart of this team as what’s better with crafting than with a cupcake inspired theme, right?!🧁😋  So I’m sure I’ll be inspired to play along with the challenges in the future as I have been!  Hope you’ve enjoyed my creations for this challenge.  Here is my “snowflake” cupcake inspired project for today:

I thought it would be appropriate to create a New Year’s themed card for this challenge as I don’t really need to make anymore Christmas cards, but sometimes I forget to send out a Christmas card to someone and don’t realize it until later, so that’s when a New Year’s card can come in handy! LOL!

I absolutely LOVE the fabulous slimline dies that Whimsy Stamps has!  Such a huge selection of them and I spotted this gorgeous Elegant Snowflakes and Border die and thought it would make some really incredible slimline style cards no matter what color scheme you have in mind!  I knew that I first wanted to try it out with some metallic mirror cardstock and I was also inspired by these gorgeous Gilded Holiday papers from Whimsy Stamps with the snowflakes in gold and black colors.  It looked elegant like the die, so I pulled out a strip to fit across the top, but because it’s 6 x 6, it didn’t fit, but I decided to piece the strip together anyway and I don’t really think you can tell that much until you look up closely to know that it’s there.

So I then layered the gold metallic die cut piece right underneath the strip that was attached to a 3.5 x 8.5 black cardstock layer.  There are also a couple of extra snowflake dies included with that border die, so I used them layered together (one in gold and another in black cardstock) on the right side of the slimline design.

To create the sentiment on the card, I used the Whimsy Stamps Happy Sayings Clear Stamp Set and gold heat embossed it along the bottom of the black card panel. I also took the Whimsy Stamps Happy Large Word die and die cut it out in black cardstock several times to layer together for thickness.  Before attaching it to the card, I used a gold ink pad and brushed around the edges with it as well as the entire black card front panel before attaching all together.  I then layered it over a white top folding slimline card base. 

Here’s a closer view of the gold metallic die along with the gold heat embossed sentiment as well as the gold inked edges around the design.  I’ve also decided to add some gold Drip Drops from Taylored Expressions in the center of some of the snowflakes as well as a couple of black sequins that I filled the centers with some gold Stickles with.

Of course I think it looks so much more elegant, shinny and sparkly in person as it’s hard to photograph and be able to capture all of the lighting that you see when you’re holding it in your hands!

Hopefully by sharing a few different angled photos, you’re able to see some of these details in this card design.

Please be sure to stop by the {Cupake Inspirations} Challenge blog and come join us with your “snowflake” creations this week and check out the inspiration from the design team whle you’re there!  REMEMBER:  You have only ONE WEEK to enter!  Can’t wait to see what you come up with!

Thanks for stopping by today and I’ll be seeing you soon with another post soon!

Challenges:

  1. A Bit More Time to Craft – #130 Anything Goes
  2. QKR Stampede – #410 Anything Goes
  3. Watercooler Wednesday – WWC302 Anything Goes
  4. Cute Card Thursday – Anything Goes
  5. Creative Knockouts – #381 Anything Goes
  6. Crafty Catz – #532 Anything Goes optional:  Anything New (new die!)
  7. Allsorts – Sparkle and Shine

Lavina Christmas

Happy Friday friends!  As my “Countdown to Christmas” continues, today I’m bringing you a card I’ve made using some “new to me” stamps!  I have sent this card out and wanted to make sure it was received before I posted it and so now I can share…

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I’ve been very intrigued with seeing some of my blog friends out there using these very magical silhouette style stamps and loving what they’ve come up using them!  So I decided to make a purchase or two or so of these and have a play!  🙂

I’ve used the Christmas Eve and the Stars 2 Minature Lavina World stamps for my card design here.  I’ve stamped the images out over some white cardstock with a Navy ink and then used some blue distress ink to sponge around the edges with.

For the layering of this card, I’ve used the Spellbinders “Chantilly Paper Lace” die along with some of my regular oval shaped dies.  I’ve also used an older Die-Versions “Believe” die cut for the sentiment.  That along with the large background panel were cut from some Silver Mirror cardstock.

The oval layers in the background were matted with some Silver Glitterstock along with some Navy cardstock which is also what was used for the card base.  I’ve added a silver metallic ribbon bow at the top.  I based the size of my card with the die cut so it is more of a 4″ x 6″ sized card rather than a standard A2 size.

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Here’s a closer view of the image where you can see that I’ve added some Stickles “Star Dust” glitter in certain areas on the tree as well as the star on top.

I also covered the bottom of the image panel with a glue pen and then sprinkled on some dazzling diamonds glitter to give the appearance of snow on the ground.

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This isn’t my usual “coloring in” cute style that you’re used to seeing from me, but I really enjoyed putting this one together and playing with my new stamps!  I hope you’ve enjoyed it as well!

Thanks so much for stopping by today!  I’ll see you again soon!

Challenges:

  1.  Lavina World Challenge – Anything Goes + NO digital
  2. Sparkles – Add Glitter & Sparkle
  3. Jan’s Digi Stamps – Anything Goes
  4. Watercooler Wednesday – WWS252 Anything GoesWWC252 - Marsha's Special 3-Week AG Challenge
  5. Cute Card Thursday– Anything Goes
  6. Creative Knockouts– Anything Goes
  7. The Paper Girls – Holiday Lights (Fairies lighting the tree!)

‘Create’ Steampunk Mixed Media Canvas

Hello friends!  Happy Saturday!  Today is my turn to post over at the Brutus Monroe Blog, so be sure to hop on over there and subscribe to get updates and inspiration from the design team using Brutus Monroe products!

Oh I had so much FUN playing around with all of the really cool “Steampunk” products that came out this month from Brutus Monroe!  Today, I’m sharing this mixed media canvas project that I made:

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This was so much fun to just get “messy” and enjoy a different creative process other than making a card!  If you’ve been around my blog for a while, then you’ve probably seen me share a different project from time to time.  Sometimes I just like to ‘change gears’!  Hahaha!

So I had this old 8″ x 10″ canvas laying around and thought it would be cool to take several of the Brutus Monroe Chipboard pieces I had and make something.  I started off by taking some wooden letters from my stash and gluing those on.  I then took the Brutus Monroe Stencil of the Month (gears) and randomly added embossing paste through it over the canvas.  Once dried, I then painted over everything with some black gesso.

I’ve used several metallic paints from my stash and using my “finger tool” I went over all of the textured areas of the canvas and along the edges.  I also used the paints to paint over the Chipboard Gear Background which was randomly cut out with my scissors and glued randomly over the canvas.  At first I was thinking it was weird to mix the different color metallics together, but then thought that steampunk can sort of be like that anyway.

 

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What’s hard to capture in a photo is that gorgeous Gilded Sparkle embossing powder over the wings!  It’s stunning IRL!  I’ve heat embossed the Chipboard Wings with it and then I heat embossed the Chipboard Key with the EPOTM (Gadgets and Gizmos).  I went around the edges of it with some silver metallic paint so that it showed up better against the black background.

For the image, I stamped the hat (what a cool hat BTW!) from the Steampunk stamp set with Raven Detail Ink onto an already cut out Alabaster Cardstock from the Steampunk Cutfile.  I colored it up with several different Aqua Pigments and sponged around the edges of it with some brown ink.  I also took some Copper metallic paint and went around the edges too.  I took the heat embossed wings along with that hat image and splatterd them with some black paint as well.

The wings were attached onto the canvas with some black foam tape and then I curled the ends of them that are hanging off the edges.  I attached the heat embossed key in the center of the wings and then added the colored image over top.

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For a little bit more texture on the canvas, I decided to take the EPTOM (Gadgets and Gizmos) to randomly heat emboss areas that were sprayed with water.  The water was just so that the powder had something to stick to and then once heat set, I added more until I was happy with it.  I like the look of the embossing where the spray marks are.

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Lastly, to finish it off, I’ve used the metal gears, ribbon (tied in bow over top of the key), gold pearls (painted in copper metllic paint), and sequins from this month’s Inspiration Box – as well as another gear (attached in the center of the ribbon bow) and a clock button (painted with black and metallic paints) from my stash that was all glued on.  I also added some silver glitter to the center of each sequins.

Hope you’ve enjoyed my “Steampunk Mixed Media Canvas” today and were inspired in some way.  If you stop by the Brutus Monroe store (in person or online), be sure to tell them that I sent you over that way! 🙂    *Click links above in post to see in store*  If you like to create with Brutus Monroe products, please be sure to share them with us over at the Brutus Monroe Fan Club FB Group!

Thanks for dropping by!  I’ll see you soon!

Challenges:

  1.  Crafty Gals Corner – Emboss It
  2. Creative Moments – Anything Goes
  3. A Inky Mess – Anything Goes Mixed Media
  4. More Mixed Media – Anything Goes (optional bright colors)
  5. A Bit More Time to Craft – Anything Goes

 

Brutus Monroe Steampunk Style

Hello friends!  Welcome to the weekend!  Hope you’re all doing well and have some fun plans!  I have some happy craft time planned while hubby works overtime!  🙂

I am SO excited as yesterday afternoon I received my Brutus Monroe Inspiration Box!  (Unfortunately it has been sold out, but I will link to some of the items below that you can purchase seperately if you’re interested.)  This box was filled to the brim with LOTS of cool items, so I couldn’t wait to make something to share today with you:

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This was something a bit different for me as I don’t believe that I have ever gone in a “steampunk” direction before with my cardmaking, but I had so much fun putting the different metallics, sparkle and shimmer on this!

I started out with a Brutus Monroe Alabaster cardstock base A2 sized and top folding.  I took a piece of BM masking paper and used a circle die to cut out an area.  I used the negative of that piece to go over the entire front of the card base.  I then took the Stencil of the Month along with the sample size glitter glaze from the kit and spread it over the circle opening on the card base.  (Set it aside to dry.)

I then took some paper from the kit and used the embossing folder from the kit to get the texture and then sponged one some Alabaster Ink to bring out the texture.  I also used a circle die cut a bit larger than the circle on the card base to make a frame with it.  I attached the silver ribbon from the kit around the bottom of it and then attached the panel over the white card base.

Lastly, I colored the very cool hot air balloon image from the stamp set called Steampunk (of course!) with not only the Aqua Pigment of the Month, but also some other metallic Aqua Pigments like Penny and Brass!  The roses were colored with a past subscription.  There is a cut file for this stamp set, but I decided to just fussy cut around it this time.  I popped it up over the card with foam tape.  I then took some of the cool sequins from the kit and attached it randomly to the design.

The photo doesn’t do the sparkle and shimmer justice.  I need another video for it! LOL!

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Here’s a closer look at the hot air balloon image along with the pretty sparkle from the Glitter Glaze.  I like the different color metallics to play with from this kit!  Even the enamel pin that comes in the kit is adorable!

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I hope you’ve enjoyed my card today using some items from this month’s Steampunk Inspiration Box.  I had lots of fun playing around with it and I know that I’m not done yet!  I have more ideas floating around in my head that I’d like to try, so stay tuned!

If you are interested in any items from my card that I shared today, please have a look under STEAMPUNK in the Brutus Monroe store to find the products that are still available although the kit has sold out.  And if you are interested in the kit, then be sure to subscribe so you are sure to get one each month.  Any questions, just ask!

Thanks so much for dropping in today!  I appreciate each of  you very much and I’ll see you soon!

Challenges I’d like to enter this card for:

  1.  Always Fun – Circles
  2. Crafty Creations – Anything Goes
  3. Creative Knockouts – Sparkle & Shine
  4. Creatalicious – Anything Goes with optional:  add some sparkle
  5. A Bit More Time to Craft – Anything Goes