Birthday, Brutus Monroe, Distress Oxides, Dragon Kisses, Kuretake Zig Clean Color Real Brush pens, Stitched Rectangle Dies, Super Sentimental, Tim Holtz

Segrid, the Viking Girl!

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I’m so pleased to be a guest designer for Brutus Monroe this week and having fun playing with this adorable set called Dragon Kisses!  How cute is this little Viking girl?!  I named her Segrid, meaning “a beautiful victory” and could just picture her with a Viking ship waiting nearby!  I stamped her out onto a scrap of white card stock and colored her with my Zig markers, then gave her a coat of Glossy Accents glaze.
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Setting Segrid aside to dry, I then took a piece of Bristol Smooth card stock and did a little masking to create the distant treeline and water with Broken China and Peeled Paint distress oxide inks.  I stamped the pine trees in the foreground with Stampin Up’s Wonderland using shades of green and then black.
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When that was finished, I stamped the sentiment from Super Sentimental stamp set near the top, then trimmed down the panel with Gina Marie Designs Stitched Rectangle dies, added a layer of white card stock for contrast, then a layer of red before adhering it to an embossed card base of black.  I placed Segrid atop the card, using foam tape to lift her up.  I think she’s pretty darn cute!  Go forth and conquer, little warrior!!
Birthday, Distress Oxides, Fern Die Set, Florals, Gina Marie Designs, Kuretake Zig Clean Color Real Brush pens, Mom Flowers, Mother's Day, Tim Holtz, Water Colored Cards

Mom Flowers In Pink & Gold

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I’ve really enjoyed embossing these blossoms in a variety of colors and just had to do gold!  Colored with Zig markers, I fussy-cut them out and set them aside.  On a piece of white card stock, I heat-embossed in gold this very old Italian script stamp I’ve had for years!  Then I brushed Picked Raspberry distress oxide ink over it with a very soft makeup brush.
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I gold-embossed MOM onto a scrap of Bristol Smooth and created the ombre effect by placing a little color at the top of the letter, then used my water brush to pull it down.  I fussy-cut the letters so they’d fit better on my card.  The leaves are by Gina Marie Designs and I die-cut them from this interesting gold foil paper I’ve had on hand.  
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Lastly, I arranged the blossoms and leaves then adhered them with glue and foam tape for dimension.  No promises that this is my last Mom Flowers card!  😉  
Altenew, Birthday, Florals, Jumbo Peony, Kuretake Gansai Tambi Water Color Paint, Label Love, Mother's Day, Stampendous, Water Colored Cards

Stampendous Jumbos Take Three!

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How stunning is this?!  It’s the first time I’ve used this gigantic image by Stampendous which I purchased on ebay.  I heat-embossed it in white onto a piece of Bienfang Canvasette Paper Canvas and used Gansai Tambi watercolors to paint it!  I decided to try my hand again at an eclipse card, so using my Etched Alphabet dies by Spellbinders, I cut out the letters MOM and set them aside.  
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I adhered my panel to a layer of yellow card stock, then to a white card base.  To pop the letters, I die-cut MOM in white fun foam, attached the painted letters to the top of the foam letters, then glued them into place on my card.  
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Here’s another Stampendous Jumbo (Peony) and I’m not sure I like how dark this card is!  But I also heat-embossed in white onto the Bienfang Canvasette Canvas paper, and used the Gansai Tambi paints.  I spattered black and white watery paint onto the surface then trimmed the panel down to mount to yellow card stock, and a white card base.  
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I heat-embossed the Altenew Label Love sentiment in black onto a scrap and lifted it with a bit of foam tape.  
Altenew, Beautiful Day, Birthday, Bloom With Hope, Embossing Folders, Fabulous Florets, Florals, Kuretake Zig Clean Color Real Brush pens, Nature Walk, Stampin Up, Toile Blossoms, Uncategorized

Some of My Favorites!

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I pulled a number of cards from my photo files to share some of my all-time favorites!  I think you’ll like them too!  This card was copied from one I saw on Pinterest a couple years ago and LOVED!  I had to improvise a bit to create the gold frame behind the flowers; I used Altenew’s Beautiful Day set, heat-embossed in gold onto Bristol Smooth watercolor paper and fussy-cut them out.  I embossed the leaves onto vellum.  I didn’t have a frame die back then, so instead embossed the frame stamp and cut it out by hand.  I think the geometric black and white paper makes an interesting backing for the organic florals!  
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I’ve always loved the vintage feel of this card!  I used an old Stampin up set called Nature Walk and stamped the images onto a vintage book page, then cut it into panels.  I mounted them onto a layer of dark brown card stock, then onto a pretty yellow card base.  The flower is one I picked up at Michaels and after I scrunched up a length of silk binding tape and glued it to the strip of dark brown card stock, I glued the flower over it.  The Happy Birthday sentiment is from another retired Stampin Up set called Warmest Regards and I stamped that onto a punched out label, sponged brown ink around the edges to soften and added a brass brad.  
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Here’s another favorite vintage/shabby chic styled card I made some years ago, using torn patterned paper, a bit of vintage book page and Stampin Up’s retired Toile Blossoms which I stamped in pink and brown ink onto a piece of card stock.  I smudged brown ink around the edges to soften, then roughed up the edges with my scissors.  A length of sheer ribbon, then velvet ribbon tied on completed this beautiful card!  
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I was really into vintage/shabby chic!!  Using patterned papers add interest to a card and I love the colors in this one!  Stampin Up’s retired Bloom With Hope blossom was colored with markers then clear embossed for shine.  I added a die-cut sprig of leaves, a length of crocheted lace and a twist of black string.  The sentiment is a Stampin Up stamp and mounted using a Stampin Up punch.  Two little golden jewels added the final detail!  
Beautiful Fall Farm
I have several Stampendous scenery stamps and I’ve always loved this one, as it reminds me of Vermont!  I colored this with Zig markers, fussy-cut it out, mounted it onto levels of patterned paper then onto a dark brown base card.  The sentiment is from Stampin Up’s retired Botanicals set; I smudged brown ink all over it to “distress” it.  Copper brads add a little extra touch.  
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This Inkadinkado stamp was given to me by my step-daughter a number of years ago and I think it’s so beautiful!  I stamped it with Versafine Onyx Black permanent ink onto a piece of card stock then colored it using Zigs.  I cut the panel down and layered it over a piece of red card stock, then onto a base card which was layered with patterned papers.  I looped a length of narrow red ribbon and attached it along the edge to add a fun bit of texture!  
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Oooooo!!  More beautiful patterned paper!  I stamped, colored and then glazed with Glossy Accents the blossoms from Stampin Up’s Fabulous Florets set, die-cut the green leaves and layered them onto a strip of blue textured cardstock to which I’d added two little eyelets.   I stamped the Thinking of You sentiment over the patterned paper.  
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This is probably my favorite of ALL of these cards!  I made this for my daughter, Sara, a long time ago.  I embossed the base card with a folder then smudged a little gray ink onto it.  Layers of patterned paper, die-cut leaves, a store-bought paper rose and a length of ribbon held down with brads made for a very easy, but very beautiful card!  The sentiment is from a Tim Holtz set.  
Anniversary, Big Word Love, Birthday, Brusho Watercolor Powders, Congratulations, Distress Inks, Distress Oxides, Paris Background Cling, Paris Bonjour, Stampendous, Tim Holtz

Today~I Give You Paris!

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Faith Hill sings a beautiful song called “Paris” and the chorus begins with “…tonight I can’t give you Paris” but today I CAN give you Paris!  Aren’t the morning shadows of the blinds so striking in this photo??  I used my lovely set by Stampendous called Paris Bonjour which also has coordinating dies and a pretty fleur-de-lis stencil.  I began by sprinkling black and yellow Brusho crystals onto a panel of Bristol Smooth card stock, then spritzed with water, allowing the water to move the ink.  I tipped the card to let the colors run, then blotted off the excess dampness.  Setting that aside to air-dry, I heat-embossed in black the stunning Eiffel Tower onto a scrap of Bristol Smooth, then die-cut it.  I did the same with the little stand of trees but with Versafine Onyx Black permanent ink.
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Stampendous has a FABULOUS Paris background stamp and I stamped that onto my dried Brusho panel with Versafine Onyx Black, then laid down the fleur-de-lis stencil and sponged a little Iced Spruce Distress Oxide ink just to add a bit more interest.  I sponged Black Soot Distress Ink around the edges of my panel and then, after die-cutting another Eiffel Tower from black fun foam, I adhered them together. I sponged more Black Soot around the edges of the Tower and mounted it onto my panel.  I used bits of foam tape to attach the little stand of trees which I’d colored lightly with shades of gray Zigs.
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I felt the card design was busy enough so I just mounted the panel to a base card of white, then dropped sequins from above, rearranged them a tad and attached them with dots of Glossy Accents glue.
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The very last touch was to stamp the sentiment from Stampendous’ Big Words Happy stamp set onto a scrap of paper, sponge around it with black distress ink and trim the ends to mimic a little banner.  I mounted that on a narrow strip of fun foam.  SIGH!!  Although this card is “dark” it makes me happy and I hope it does you too!  🙂
Birthday, Distress Inks, Distress Oxides, Getting There stamp set, Tim Holtz

Tim Holtz Getting There

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A customer requested a ship card for her Dad’s birthday; naturally, I pulled out Tim Holtz Getting There set which has this wonderful ship image!  I had no idea what I’d make and am thrilled with how it evolved!  Firstly,  I tapped some Faded Jeans Distress Oxide ink onto my craft mat, spritzed with water and dragged my panel through the wet ink.  I did this several times, letting the color cover most of the card stock.  After drying with my heat tool,  I heat-embossed the ship in black .  I then continued to build up layers of color on the panel using Broken China, Mermaid Lagoon, Black Soot and Picket Fence, drying between each color.  When I was satisfied with the result, I stamped a nautical map image with Iced Spruce Distress Oxide ink and sponged a little Fossilized Amber in the upper right corner for a bit of light.  
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I wanted the water to have movement, so I poured a small amount of white craft paint onto my craft mat, and ran the edge of an old credit card in the paint, then swiped it around on the card to mimic waves.  I LOVE how that looks!!  I stamped a couple of nautical images in black, one from the Tim Holtz Getting There set and the anchor is from Stampin Up’s By The Tide set.  Spatters of black and white craft paint give added dimension and interest.  
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The final steps were to mount the panel onto a layer of red card stock, then a layer of white and finally, onto a gray base card.  I stamped an older Stampin Up sentiment onto a scrap of paper, trimmed it into a pennant, sponged some Black Soot around the edges and lifted it with a piece of fun foam.  This card took about 40 minutes to make and I absolutely love it!!  I hope you do too!