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Wednesday, March 21, 2018

March Stamp of The Month | Monthly Stamp Club Blog Hop

Hello Everyone!

Today I'm here to talk about the monthly stamp club. With the monthly stamp club subscription you will receive a 2 x 3 stamp in the mail for only $5.00 once signed up! That also includes shipping plus a 10% discount to the store. Such a great deal! You will receive a monthly email with product inspiration and digital content that coordinates with the stamp. For more information about stamp club or to sign up click this LINK

The March Stamp of The Month is this super cute Hippo!

To begin my card I started with my background using a piece of Bristol Smooth cardstock. I chose the Bristol Smooth cardstock because it is so easy to blend inks. Today I used used Salty Ocean Distress Oxide to blend the background and Blueprint Sketch for ink splatters. 

Then I colored the hippo with Copic markers. I wanted him to have balloons attached to his sign to draw attention to him, so I pulled out the Birthday Bears stamp set. Those balloons were perfect, plus the sentiment went well too! I just had to do a little masking to get the sentiment on the sign. Then I cut a little notch in the top of sign to hide the balloon string and later added twine, maybe that part wan't needed after all. :)

I used a scrap piece of Bristol Smooth cardstock and ink blended Luck Clover Distress Oxide, and die cut it out with a grass die. I trimmed the panel down with a rectangle die and also trimmed the grass with the same rectangle die so the edges would match. I adhered the grass to the panel with Brutus Monroe craft glue and then adhered the panel to an A2 sized 4.85 x 5.5 sized note card with the same glue. 

I popped the hippo and balloons up on with foam tape for dimension and added Wink of Stella and Stickles to the balloons. I added Cotton Candy Bottle Cap Sequins to the card for interest and Stickles on the sequins for more sparkle!

Here's another look at my card for today.

This is part of a blog hop so be sure to head over to Brutus Monroe to start at the beginning to see what the rest of the design team has created! There will be plenty of inspiration along the way!

Thanks so much for stopping by today, all Brutus Monroe products will be listed and linked below.


Copics used:
Hippo- W1, W2, W4, W5  Ears-R22  White Gelly Roll Pen 08
Sign-   C1 YR24 YR27 E99
Blue Balloon- BG000, B00, B01, B02
Green Balloon-YG11, YG03, G14
Yellow Balloon-Y06, Y13, Y15
Red Balloon- R21, R22, R08

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Creating a Background With Stencils and Watercolor Markers

Hello and Happy Tuesday Everyone!

For todays cards I really wanted play with watercolors and an easy way for me to do that is to use my watercolor markers. I used Tombow markers for the cards today and two stencils from Brutus Monroe. For the first card shown I used the Paint Spots stencil and for the one above I used the Pugsley stencil.

I began by getting all the colors I wanted use and a piece of watercolor paper and a brush. You can use a water brush for this, I have been practicing with a new brush. Below you can see all of the colors I used for both cards.

I taped the stencil to my watercolor paper and traced the stripes on the stencil in rainbow order.

Then I used my brush to blend those colors out just a little, using very little water.

I set it aside to dry and began working on the other card panel and repeated the same process only using a different stencil. Once they both dried I trimmed down the panels using a rectangle die. I trimmed down two pieces of cardstock in different colors and adhered them to my card base, and then adhered the watercolor panels on top.
For the sentiments I used a hello and a friend die from my stash and die cut them out with black cardstock, which was a nice contrast against the rainbow colors. Once I adhered the sentiments down I added a coat of Irresistible Shimmer, which gives a really pretty glittery sheen to the die cuts. I also added Acrylic Bubbles to the Hello card and Cotton Candy Bottle Cap Sequins to the Friend card for interest.
And that's my card for today, I hope you will give it a try!

Supplies I've used from Brutus Monroe are listed and linked below.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Sweet Pops Blog Hop | Love You Easter Card

Hello crafty friends and welcome to another spotlight stamp set blog hop!

Each week we focus on a different stamp set from our new release to inspire you! Be sure to visit the Brutus Monroe Blog to start at the beginning of the hop so you don't miss anything.

There are so many cute images on this stamp set, but I chose the bunnies to have each one in a picture frame and also a carrot which I thought was so cute and funny!

To begin my card I stamped all of the images with Raven Detail Ink and colored them with Copic markers. I cut them out with my Brother Scan N Cut and sat them aside. Then I die cut four scalloped circle dies for my frames. I used the Paint Spots stencil from Brutus Monroe and dry embossed it so my card panel could have some texture.

Next I glued my scalloped frames in place with Brutus Monroe craft glue, then added the bunnies, the carrot, and the bows. I added Wink of Stella to the bows for some glitter and shine.

I used a white Gelly Roll pen to add highlights to the carrot and to the bunny noses. I used Glass Slipper Bottle Cap sequins around my card for embellishments and added Stickles on the sequins for more shimmer!

I adore this stamp set! Remember this is part of a blog hop, be sure to head on over to the Brutus Monroe blog to see the super cute creations the rest of the design team has created! 

Be sure to tag Brutus Monroe on social media with #createyourownending so we can see what you're creating! 

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A list of today's supplies are listed and linked below at no extra cost to you.

Thank so much for stopping by, 

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Brutus Monroe Cloud Background Stamp | Partial Heat Embossing

Hello and Happy Tuesday Crafty Friends!

Today I want to show how to partially heat emboss the Cloud Background Stamp to create a scene. I didn't just want a sky scene today, I also wanted to have a grassy hill below for my balloon animals to fly over. 

I was looking at my cloud background stamp thinking about how I could use it differently. And a light bulb came on! I did choose the larger portion of the clouds on the stamp, but the opposite side is perfect for a standard side card, I think I will try that next.
To begin the card I cut a out a 6 x 6 piece of Bristol Smooth cardstock. I chose the Bristol cardstock because I knew I would be doing some ink blending on the cardstock and I find this cardstock gives me the best results using Brutus Monroe Surface Inks and Ranger Distress Inks in which I've used both on this card. I placed the stamp in my stamp poistioner, used my embossing buddy on my cardstock to remove any static, and then inked up my stamp with Brutus Monroe embossing ink. I stamped onto the cardstock and repeated this process, I like to stamp it twice for good measure. Then I used Alabaster embossing powder and heat set it.
Next I began ink blending the sky with Tumbled Glass and Mermaid Lagoon Distress Ink. I spritzed a little water on the background to get the distressed look and buffed off any ink from the clouds with a paper towel.
For the grassy hill I used Brutus Monroe Jurassic and Cabbage Surface Inks using a stencil. You can create a hill using masking paper, the stencil isn't really needed. I started with Cabbage, from the bottom moving up. Then used the stencil with Jurassic to form the hills and add contrast and shading on the sides.

I colored the Balloon Animals with Copic markers and used masking paper over the heads and basket to color in the white space between them since the sky is blue so it would blend in.

I stamped the sentiment What's Up Dog? with Raven Detail Ink and cut it out with a banner die and popped it up on foam squares, I also popped up the two balloon animals up with foam squares and adhered the small balloon directly to the card using Brutus Monroe craft glue.

I added some Stickles to the drapes on the basket and Glass Slipper Bottle Cap Sequins around my card to finish it off. I also added Stickles on my sequins to add more shimmer.
And that completes my card for today!
All of the supplies are listed below.

Thanks for stopping by,

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Big Top Blog Hop | Welcome To The Circus

Hello and Welcome to the Big Top Blog Hop!

Each Wednesday we are focusing on a different stamp set to inspire you! Be sure to visit Brutus Monroe to start at the beginning of the hop so you won't miss anything.

I wanted to use all of the images in this set, so today I created a tri-fold card.

Here's how it looks closed and ready to be mailed.

To make this tri-fold card I knew I wanted to ink blend and I knew I needed a large piece of cardstock. I used Bristol Smooth cardstock, it comes 11 x 14 inches which is plenty long for a tri-fold card and perfect to ink blend on, win, win.

I cut the Bristol Smooth cardstock down to 12 x 5.5 inches. Typically you score the cardstock right now at the 4 and 8 inch mark, but I drew a faint pencil mark instead. I wanted an indication of where my card would fold so I could ink blend first. I'll erase the pencil lines before ink blending.

I colored my images next using Copic markers and Stylefile Markers, then cut them out using my Brother Scan N Cut. 

Next I layed my cardstock out, my images out, and some circle dies out, to determine how many circles I would need and what sizes. And then I created masks with the dies using scrap cardstock. You can use making paper for this, I just found this quicker and easier. The idea for the circles was to create each image as if it was being highlighted with their circle rings. I used Squeezed Lemonade Distress Oxide Ink for the circles. 

Here's the mask I created with the scrap cardstock.

After I completed the ink blending I scored the cardstock at 4 inches and 8 inches and glued all of the images into their highlighted circus rings. I added the accessories that came with the stamp set around the card to fill it in. 

I stamped the sentiments using Raven Detail ink on more scrap paper I had left over and die cut them out using the smallest tag die from the Brutus Monore 5 Piece Stitched Tag Die Set and adhered those to the card. I tied a piece of twine to the tag on the front of the card. I added wink of Stella to the images to add sparkle because all circus' need that sparkle!

Here are some close up pictures

And that completes my card for today! 

Remember this is part of a blog hop, be sure to head over to Brutus Monroe for a complete list of everyone in the hop! I hope you enjoy!

Be sure to tag us on social media so we can see what you're creating with #createyourownending

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A list of today's supplies are listed below.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

A Monster Hug Just For You

Hello and Happy Tuesday Crafty Friends!

I'm back today with the Monster Party stamp set! I can't put this one down, it's so much fun! This is really a versatile set meant for everyone we want to send cards to! I doubled up on these fun guys and have them floating away with balloons, but not before they give a MONSTER size hug to it's recipient!  

To begin my card I wanted to do some ink blending on my card panel. I die cut a piece of Bristol Smooth cardstock and ink blended my card panel partially with Salty Ocean Distress Oxide. After that I spritzed the panel lightly with water and Ranger Perfect Pearls in the color Perfect Pearl.

Next I colored my images with Copic markers. I used a white Gelly Roll pen to add details to the monsters, and Ranger Stickles in Icicle to the balloons. I stamped my sentiment on a banner using Raven Detail Ink from Brutus Monroe and my T Square ruler to make sure I glued it down evenly. The ruler is such a helpful tool.

I glued my balloons flat to my card panel and popped the monsters up on foam squares. I added Cotton Candy Bottle Cap Sequins with Stickles in the middle to my card. Then I adhered my panel to an A2 sized 4.25 x 5.5 inch side folding note card using Brutus Monroe craft glue. 

Thanks so much for stopping by today, the products used today will be listed below!

Monday, March 5, 2018

MFT Sketch Challenge #374 | Beach Houses

Hello everyone!

Today I'm joining in the MFT Sketch Challenge #374. It's been a long time since I've joined in their challenge and this looked so fun!

Here's the sketch for this week.

Here's my card, I flipped the sketch sideways.

I used the beach houses from the Beach Bunnies stamp set. I stamped the houses on Bristol Smooth cardstock and heat embossed with clear embossing powder. I colored the houses with Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers and used a No. 2 round brush Silver brush. I always loved seeing these beach houses in bright colors, so that was the perfect inspiration for this card! 

I cut my panel out using the Blueprints 1 dies and created a frame for my beach houses. I popped the frame up on dimensional foam tape and placed it on my card base, then glued my watercolor piece in the center of the frame flat on my card base. I used a sentiment from the set, heat embossed it, and cut it out with the largest die from the Essential Fishtail Sentiment Strips.  I use those strips all the time, so handy!!

For the ocean I used several Pretty Pink Posh sequins from the Winter Snow mix, I thought they looked great reassembling an ocean!

This card was a blast to create!
Thanks for stopping by,