Showing posts from September, 2018

Spilled Paint Made Beautiful . Unity and Brutus Monroe Collaboration

Hello! Today I am participating in a hop as part of the Unity & Brutus Monroe blog hop There are four background stamps in the collaboration. They are all amazing!!! I am showcasing the spilled paint background.

I started by blending pink and red Brutus Monroe Aqua Pigments on a watercolor panel. Once it had dried completely I placed the background stamp into my Misti and added clear embossing ink. I couldn't decide if I wanted to emboss in Alabaster or Raven. I ultimately decided that Raven would make the gorgeous background pop.

Once I heat set the Raven embossing powder I added the panel to a piece of rouge cardstock. I LOVE the color of this cardstock. It reminds me of a subtle hot pink color. So beautiful!

I wanted to add some type of floral element to the card. To achieve this I stamped out the rose from Botanical Banners using raven detail ink and then watercolored  them aqua pigments. I used pink, for the roses, red for shading and green  for the leaves.

For the sentim…

Creating a Halloween Scene using Simple Blend Circle Stencil

Hello! Today we are blog hopping to show the versatility of the Simple Blend Stencils. What I love about these stencils is that you get the masking part of the stencil as well. It is like getting two stencils in one! I used the Simple Blend Circle to create the large moon in a Halloween scene card. 

To create this card I started by blending a white panel using  Aubergine, Midnight, and Phonebook surface inks with a blending tool. Once the panel was blended to create a night sky I used purple tape to tape the stencil in place so I could begin to add Deco Foil Transfer Gel. This will allow me to foil the circle once the gel has dried clear. 

While I waited for the transfer gel to dry I stamped out a little girl witch, bat and spider from the All Hallows Eve stamp set on watercolor paper. Brutus Monroe has a new product called Aqua Pigments, which are liquid watercolors. The colors are so vivid and bright and so easy to work with. 

For the trees and hill in the scene I used Spooky Scene die…

Shimmer Glitterstock Fall Leaves

Hello!  Today we are bringing you a simple, yet beautiful card using die cuts, glitterstock and the gorgeous new Coffee embossing powder of the month. 

To create this simple card I began by die cutting the three leaves using Lawn Fawn small stitched leaves on Brown Butter cardstock down the left side in random directions. To add the glitter and shimmer I cut small pieces of scarlet, mocha and tangerine glitterstock. I also used Maple surface ink to give the edges of the panel and around the leaves a weathered look. 

For the sentiment I die cut the large leaf from Jack O Lantern cardstock and stamped the sentiment from Super Sentimental set. I love this set and find if meets my needs for many projects. The embossing powder of the month  Coffee Grounds is a gorgeous brown color that looks  just like coffee grounds. I knew it had to be added to the sentiment. 
Once I had embossed the sentiment I wrapped some twine around the card to give it added dimension and interest and attached the sent…

Memories of Fall

Today we are all about Fall at Brutus Monroe. There is nothing like cool crisp air, the beautiful colors of the leaves that have changed on the trees and the joy of a warm beverage. For today's card I went back to life before I moved to Texas where Fall is very different than the West Virginia Mountains that I grew up in. 

I wanted this card to embody the view of the colors that covered the Mountains on a beautiful fall day. The colors aren't separate, but rather overlapping and bunched together in a beautiful kaleidoscope of browns, oranges, yellows and small amounts of Maroon. To achieve this look I used a small blending tool to combine Phonebook, Jack O Lantern, Marsala, Suede, Zest, Maple, and Macchiato Surface Inks on a panel of Not Your Mama's Cardstock

Once I had the panel blended I used a leave stamp from Unity Stamp Company called Falling Heart for the focal point. I heat embossed the stamp using Gilded embossing powder.  I also stamped an "Autumn Blessing&qu…

We Can Do It TOGETHER...

Happy September! This month is National Suicide Prevention Month. Suicide prevention is very important to myself and our family due to losing my husband to suicide in 2008 at the age of thirty. He suffered from bipolar and struggled to reach out for help due to fear of the stigma that can be associated with someone who has a mental illness. 
This month is about erasing that stigma and embracing and reaching out to those how need help.  One of my favorite things about the crafting community is the love and support that they offer to each other. It is so great to see many crafters bringing awareness to this cause. 

I began this card by ink blending with Oz surface ink.  The colors for Suicide Prevention are teal and purple. I knew the Oz surface ink would be perfect. Once I had that panel covered I used a Copic marker BG11 to add a texture look to the background. 

The tree image and sentiment is from the Unity Stamp Company's set Pain and Strength. The tree is heat embossed …

Brutus Monroe Glitterstock + Foiling with Fairies

Hello!  Welcome to this weeks Wednesday blog with a fun, whimsical card using Brutus Monroe Lilac Glitterstock and foiling.  I love the look of glitter paper, but dislike the mess of creating my own. The glitterstock from Brutus Monroe solves my problem and there is a great variety of colors.

First, I cut a large tag using the Foundation Stitched Die Set out of Lilac Glitterstock.  I decided to foil the Flying Fairy stencil  with Tidepool Foil. I taped the stencil and tag onto the large media mat using Thermoweb Purple tape.  Once the stencil was secure I spread Deco Foil Transfer Gel over the fairies using a palette knife. 

While the tag was drying I created the watercolor background using three colors of surface inks Speckled Egg, Rock Candy and Sea.  First I smooshed the three colors in a row on the large media mat then sprayed the ink with water. I used a lot of water so the ink would move around when I swiped and pounced the paper over the ink. This is a simple way to create beauti…

5 cards 1 Inspiration Box- Brutus Monroe August Box


I am having so much fun with the whimsical Fairy Garden Inspiration Box. The kits are jammed packed with so much product that I can't create just one I have 5 for you today!

Card 1-

For this card I wanted to use the adorable Fairy Garden wooden mushroom buttons that were included in the kit. I created the background by inking up a piece of kraft cardstock included in the kit that was printed with white flowers. I used Rock Candy, Rouge, and Aubergine  and Jack O Lantern Surface Inks.

To give the background texture I covered the entire stamped background with embossing ink using a direct pad to paper technique. Next, I covered the entire panel with the new Fairy Dust embossing powder.  This embossing powder creates a beautiful glitter like sheen to the panel. 

I attached the Fairy Garden wooden mushroom buttons with small colored brads from the Doodlebug Mini Brad Multi-Pack. They were the perfect size to fit in the holes on the mushrooms. To finish off the card I added