Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Brutus Monroe Blog Hop Collaboration with Karen Burniston

Hello and Happy Wednesday!

Today Brutus Monroe and Karen Burniston are collaborating together to show you how well these two company products work together!

Today I'm using the Twist Panel Pop Up die from Karen Burniston along with the Birthday Bears stamp set and a sentiment from Joey's Birthday Year 3 from Brutus Monroe.

Here for the front of my card I used some bright rainbow pattern paper with one of the bears from the Birthday Bear stamp set. I colored this with copic markers and adhered the balloons flat to the card with Brutus Monroe craft glue. I stamped the sentiment Time To Celebrate from Joey's Birthday Year 3 stamp set in Raven Detail Ink and die cut it with a flag die, then popped the bear on low profile foam tape. 

For the inside I used more pattern paper. I used the flag dies from the Twist Panel Pop Up, added twine and adhered it to the top of my card. 
For my panel strips I die cut this with Neenah Solar White and ink blended a sky with Rock Candy Surface Ink. I used the scalloped die an a smaller rectangle together to create a window with pattern paper. I then adhered the rest of my images and added some little hearts from the die set. I cut one more scalloped rectangle to go along the bottom to write a personal message.

To finish my card I added Brutus Monroe clear sequins to the front of my card.

I'm linking a video from YouTube to show the assembly of this card from Karen Burniston. 

Remember this is part of a blog hop, start at the Brutus Monroe Blog and don't forget to hop on over to the Karen Burniston Blog to see what their Design Team has created!

Your next stop on the hop is Amy!

Thanks for stopping by today,

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Brutus Monroe Blog Hop Collaboration with Therm O Web

Hello Everyone and Happy Wednesday!

Today we have something a little different for you and it's a whole lot of fun! We are having a collaboration with Therm O Web, so there will be lots of foiling going on! Therm O Web has some new products and a couple of those will be used below. Be sure to start at the beginning of the hop with Brutus Monroe so you don't miss a thing from our design team. Therm O Web has graciously offered a $25.00 gift card to one lucky commentator so be sure to leave a comment on each blog along the hop! And then hop on over to the Therm O Web blog to see what their design team has created for the collab as well!

You should have arrived from Berina Febin's Blog, if not you can always start at the beginning of the hop at the Brutus Monroe Blog!

Today I created two cards using the Deco Foil Transfer Gel with Brutus Monroe stencils. I don't know what it is about this technique but it is so fun and satisfying, and if you've never tried it I highly recommend that you do. 

Here's the first card I made using the new foil from Therm O Web, Shattered Glass, isn't it gorgeous? I also used one of my favorite stencils from Brutus Monroe Polka

To begin my card I used another new product from Therm O Web, Purple Tape! This is a new low tack tape made especially to hold paper in place and not tear it when it's being removed. And it does just that and I love it! 
I taped my stencil partially on the Kraft cardstock and then taped the stencil to my Media Mat. Using a palette knife I spread the Deco Foil Transfer Gel over the stencil and made sure to get an even coverage. Then immediately wash my stencil, palette knife, and mat. You don't want the gel to dry on your things, it will be harder to clean later.   

This is how the Transfer Gel looks after I removed the stencil from the paper. I set it to the side and let it dry for a couple of hours.

Below is how the Transfer Gel looks when it is completely dry, it will be clear.  

It's a good idea to have your laminator on preheating at least twenty minutes before you use it. Cut your foil a little bigger than the piece needed to be foiled, and placed the foil shiny side up into your carrier sheet and run through your laminator. 

Here's what it will look like when foiled. 

I also foiled the word die sentiment using the Deco Foil PeelnStick Toner Sheets. The way I like to do this is to cut a piece of the toner sheet a little larger than my word die, then cut a piece of foil a little larger than the toner sheet and the same way as before, place the foil shiny side up over the toner sheet, place into the carrier sheet and run through the laminator. Then die cut the word with my manual die cutting machine, remove the backing and stick in place! 

I trimmed my card base with a rectangle die and adhered it to a A2 sized card base. I adhered my thanks die with gold thread underneath to dress it up even more and added Acrylic Bubbles for interest and that finished my card. 

Here's my second card using the new Therm O Web Jade foil and the Arrows stencil from Brutus Monroe.

And that's it for me today, which one was your favorite?
Remember this is part of a blog hop, so be sure to leave a comment on each blog along the way!

Your next stop on the hop is Chitra Nair!

Supplies used will be listed and linked below.

Thanks for stopping by,

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Brutus Monroe | Therm O Web Week

Happy Tuesday Everyone!

I'm over on the Brutus Monroe Blog today, it's Therm O Web week so come over and join the fun!


Thursday, April 5, 2018

MFT Wednesday Sketch Challenge 379 | Surprise!

Hello everyone!

Today I wanted to play along with the MFTWSC and I also needed a birthday card to send out to one of my friends, so this worked out perfectly! I'm always in need of birthday cards but never seem to have enough on hand.

Here's my card for the challenge.

and here's the sketch.


I started my card by cutting a piece of Bristol Smooth Cardstock with the rectangle die from the MFT Blueprints 1. I masked off the top and bottom with Post-it Labeling Tape and began ink blending with Broken China Distress Ink and  Salty Ocean Distress Ink on top until I got a smooth transition. Then I spritzed a little water on top for that distressed look.

I used the PI Happy Birthday to You stamp set and colored it with Copic markers. I paper pieced the bow and ribbon on the gift using the Birthday Blowout patterned paper from MFT. I stamped and cut an extra bow to place on top for dimension and adhered it with a Zots glue dot, then added Wink of Stella to the gift. I then popped the image up with foam and placed it on my card panel.

With the same patterned paper I die cut a banner from the MFT Scallop borders and adhered it to the top of the card at an angle. I stamped the Surprise sentiment from the same stamp set with the MFT Essential Fishtail Sentiment Strips, adhered it in place and snipped off the excess. 

I adhered the panel to MFT Blue Breeze cardstock and added some Pretty Pink Posh sequins and Stickles to complete my card!

And that's my card for today's challenge, thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

2 x 3 Stamp Stretch | Art Journal Layout

Happy Wednesday Everyone!

We are having a blog hop today showing you how to stretch your 2 x 3 stamps from the Monthly Stamp Club Subscription. Today I'm using one of my favorite 2 x 3 stamps sets from the stamp club called Got Pumpkin to create this 6 x 6 art journal layout called Java.

To began my art journal I cut down some Canon XL watercolor paper. I smooched Spiced Marmalade and Cracked Pistachio Distress Oxides onto my media mat and spritzed it with water and just lightly pressed my watercolor paper into it. I dried it with my heat tool and repeated the process.

Next I added Fossilized Amber and Fired Brick Distress Oxides making sure to heat set between layers. I was absolutely loving the spots that were being created during this process. 

Now I added Blueprint Sketch, that blue was like the icing on the cake to me! It was so beautiful over the other colors! I then ink blended around the sides of the watercolor paper with Macchiatto Surface Ink to give that warm coffee color. And then used a finger dauber to ink blend Gargolye Surface Ink on the edges to add a little more richness.

I ink splattered a little aged Mahogany onto the layout, and it reminded me of drips of coffee. I used a (never used) medicine cup and Walnut Stain Distress Oxide with a little water to create coffee rings and drips on the layout. The Cup of Thanks stamp set has coffee beans, so I used that to add texture along with a french script background stamp with Machiatto Surface Ink. 

I stamped the coffee cup and heat embossed it Raven embossing powder. I colored the lid with Copic markers, and watercolored with Picket Fence Distress Ink.

I cut two tags from the Brutus Monroe Foundation Stitched Tag die, one with burlap and one with Surface Board. For the Surface board I heat embossed in Penny embossing powder some stripes from the Grunge Shapes stamp set. I adhered those to the layout with double sided tape and added a bow with a piece of twine. I ink the edges again with embossing ink and heat embossed Penny embossing powder around the entire layout.

For the word Java, I used Thickers chipboard and heat embossed those with Penny embossing power as well to keep with the layout and adhered the letters to the layout with Brutus Monroe craft glue. I then added some Acrylic bubbles for texture and interest. 

Here's another look at my layout.

Hopefully this has given you some inspiration to give an art journal layout a try, I promise it's quite addicting!

And that's all for me today, remember this is part of a blog hop! Be sure to head over to the Brutus Monroe Blog where you can start at the beginning to see what each design team member has created for today's hop!

All Brutus Monroe supplies will be listed and linked below.

Thanks for stopping by,

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Birthday Badges

Hello and Happy Tuesday Everyone!

Today I have two cards to share using the Birthday Badges stamp set!

For my card I began using Brutus Monroe Alabaster cardstock. Using my Misti and with help of the Misti corners I aligned the ribbon stamp at a diagonal. I stamped first with Rouge Surface Ink, then Jack O Lantern, and Phonebook. Each time only moving my paper not the stamp. For the second panel I used Sea and Oz Surface Inks.

Next I cut out a scalloped circle from Jack O Lantern and Alabaster cardstock.

I adhered them both to the stamped ribbon panel. Next I stamped Happy Birthday directly onto the panel in Raven Detail ink. I adhered the panel to a side folding A2 card base with Brutus Monroe craft glue and added Glossy accents and Stickles to the flame on the candle.

For the last card I heat embossed the sentiment with Raven embossing powder. I die cut three frames for this card to add over the stamped panel for dimension. Then adhered it to the card base using Brutus Monroe craft glue. I added clear sequins and Stickles to finish my card.

And that's my card for today, thanks for stopping by!

All Brutus Monroe products are listed and linked below.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Mixed Media Extravaganza Blog Hop

Hello and Happy Wednesday Everyone!

Today's blog hop consist of something a little different! Today our blog hop is all about mixed media! Brutus Monroe has tons of mixed media product in the store, and if you are fan of mixed media or new to it, today we are each demonstrating some fun and different ways to use the mixed media products in the store! 

For my mixed media projects I made easy watercolor tags. Brutus Monroe carries several colors in the store and also some jumbo tags, I began here with small manila tags. And I have to say that these first three were test runs and turned out to be my absolute favorite!

All of my tags were created using Brutus Monroe Color Burst, and to keep the paper from falling apart using all of that water I applied transparent watercolor ground from Daniel Smith and dried it with my heat gun and this save me a lot of problems. 

Here is the last tag I created using a jumbo tag.

To began my tag I applied watercolor ground to the tag and dried it with my heat gun. At first I only used two colors of Color Burst, Cornflower and Marsala and achieved some beautiful shades of purple and violet. Later I went back in with green that I mixed with Cornflower and Cabbage, and I mixed a little Jack O Lantern with Zest to get a lighter orange. I used my paint brush to add some splatters of blue paint for texture.

 This photo shows the back of the tag having used the watercolor ground, you can see how the watercolor I've used hasn't penetrated through the tag. The colors you see is the mess I was making on my media mat. I tell you that watercolor ground is a life saver!

Next I used the Polka stencil with the Gargoyle Surface ink to add more texture and interest.

Then I used my Versamarker with the same stencil and Penny embossing powder from Brutus Monroe to do some heat embossing. I also used the embossing pad from Brutus Monroe straight to the bottom of the tag and added the Penny embossing powder there as well. You can see it in the photo after the one below.

Here I felt I needed to add white to the tag, white will come forward on your project if it feels too dark and push all the dark back. I used the birds and bird cage from the Angel Wings stamp set and heat embossed them in Alabaster embossing powder. 

For the finishing details I added a Celebrate word tag I had in my stash and some Acrylic Bubbles. I then stamped some feathers from the Angel Wings stamp set at the bottom in Raven Detail Ink. I kept thinking I needed one more thing so around the sentiment I added some Liquitex Glass Beads, which is supposed to leave a glassy shine, but you defiantly can not see that in the photos. I tied some string around the top, and that completed my project! 

Here's a close up of the glass beads. This is another fun medium!

Remember this is part of a blog hop, be sure to head over to the Brutus Monroe Blog where you can start at the beginning and not miss a thing! Each member of the team has created some great projects for today's hop!

All of today's supplies from Brutus Monroe will be listed and linked below.

Thanks so much for hopping along with us today,