Brutus Monroe, Copics, Distress Oxides, Fall/Autumn, Friendship, Meadow Greens, Papertrey Ink, Simple Blend- Circle Stencil, Surface Inks, Tim Holtz

Hello Fall!

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Fall is taking it’s time getting to Vermont as we’ve been enjoying prolonged summer temperatures, but I’m ready for all things “fall”!!  I made another card using Brutus Monroe’s Simple Blend Circle stencil and paired it with Papertrey Ink’s Meadow Greens again!  To make this card, I placed the Circle stencil frame over a piece of watercolor card stock and filled in the center with Zest Surface Ink, making it darker around the edges and lighter in the center.  Next, I stamped some leaves from Meadow Greens using Versamark so I could clear emboss them.  When that was done, I spattered black paint over the panel then heat-embossed in black the “Hello Fall” sentiment directly onto the card.
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I set that aside in order to create my leaves by tapping out Fossilized Amber, Fired Brick and Carved Pumpkin distress oxide inks onto my craft mat, spritzed with water then pressed another piece of watercolor card stock into the ink, drying between colors.  Before I die-cut the leaves from the inked paper, I stamped the pretty script stamp all over the panel.  The little raccoon is from The Greeting Farm and I colored him with Copics then cut him out and mounted him with 3D Foam Squares.  The leaves were folded and attached in the same manner.
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Lastly, I embossed the “you’re my favorite” sentiment onto a strip of black paper then added that as my final touch!  A base card of Terracotta compliments the leaves and sets off the brighter colors beautifully!  BTW, did you notice my awesome new Brutus Monroe watermark??
Bad Influence, Crackle Stencil, Distress Oxides, Friendship, Kuretake Zig Clean Color Real Brush pens, Queen of the Universe, Thermoweb, Tim Holtz, Unity Stamps

Bad Influence

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I had a few hours of free time yesterday and having received a box of goodies recently from Thermoweb, I just had to play!  Check out this background!  I made it with the Crackle stencil, repositioning it for each color!   It totally reminded me of retro formica countertops which inspired my use of the retro ladies from Unity Stamps “Queen of the Universe” set!
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After trimming down the stenciled panel I added a layer of vellum over it and a black layer beneath it.  I’ve been living in the Dark Ages, making vellum cards without the wonderful Thermoweb Sticky Strip Runner which doesn’t show through!!  Anyway, I heat-embossed the  two ladies, colored them with Zig markers then fussy-cut them out and mounted one with flat adhesive and the other with the handy-dandy Thermoweb 3D White Foam Squares!  The sentiment is by Unity Stamps as well, called Bad Influence!  

 

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Finally, all the pieces were attached to an aqua blue card base.  I love snarky cards and this was really fun to make!  Now, which friend is going to get this one…?!  😀  
Brutus Monroe, Copics, Deco Foils, Designer Toner Sheets, Dies & Die-cutting, Distress Oxides, Emboss Resist Technique, Friendship, Gina Marie Designs, Kuretake Zig Clean Color Real Brush pens, Stitched Circle Dies, Surface Inks, Tim Holtz

One Martini, Two Martini’s

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It’s Wednesday and we’re back with some great projects using Clear Toner Sheets!  I used mine as an overlay this time for not one, but TWO cards!  Now, I’m not a martini lover but when I made this fun background using Brutus Monroe’s Paint Spots stencil and distress oxide inks, the shape and colors made me think of martini’s!  I just happen to have Unity Stamps I Like It Dirty stamp set and pulled that out to play!  But first, let me tell you how I made the background ; on a panel of watercolor cardstock, I taped down my stencil then sponged over it with Pistachio oxide ink, shifted the stencil, added Squeezed Lemonade then shifted the stencil again and finished with Picked Raspberry!  Voila!
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For the main image, I stamped out the martini glass onto a die-cut circle of cardstock using Raven Detail Ink, then colored it with Zig markers.  Next, I added a layer of Crystal Effects glue over the glass to give it shine!  I stamped out the funny sentiment onto a scrap of paper, trimmed it down and mounted it with a bit of foam tape.
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To assemble my card, I trimmed down the Coffee Rings toner sheet to fit my card front and attached it to the dotted background with four pink brads.  I then adhered it to my black card base and mounted the big circle to that with another circle of fun foam.  I am so tickled with how this card came out!  Almost makes me want a martini!  😀
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How freaking cute is this?!  After I completed the card above, I decided to make another background using the Paint Spots stencil!  You can’t see much of this one, but here’s how I did it.  On a panel of watercolor cardstock, I again taped my stencil down and sponged on Twisted Citron oxide ink, shifted the stencil, added Worn Lipstick and finally another layer of Squeezed Lemonade.  I love the look of Emboss Resist so shifted my stencil one more time and using a sponge dauber with Versamark ink, I filled in the spaces.  I heat-embossed them with clear  powder and the end result was a layer of shiny spots!  Next, I heavily sponged Black Soot oxide over the whole panel, then rubbed it off the embossed dots with a paper towel.  I die-cut the panel with a stitched circle die and set it aside.
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On another die-cut circle of white card stock, I stamped the martini glass again but this time colored with Copics!  I added some stippled dots around the glass with assorted shades of pink for a little visual interest.  I stamped the sentiment directly onto the image.  An olive green card base was embossed with a large dots folder, then I die-cut that into a larger circle, keeping one edge flat on the fold.
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I ran the Coffee Rings Toner Sheet through the Cuttlebug with the smaller circle die and stapled it to the martini glass circle!  As you can see, I layered them all together, attaching the layers with adhesive.  Finally, I added little pink and green ribbons to the staples for one more detail!  Phew!  This sounds like it was a lot of work, but it actually took me about half an hour to make, total!  I had so much fun making these two cards, and think the Toner Sheet adds a really great dimension!  But, just wait till you see what Marie, Berina, and Waleska have made!  We’re all going a bit crazy with the new stuff at Brutus Monroe!!
Altenew, Brutus Monroe, Crown Blooms, Distress Oxides, Distress Resist Spray, Emboss Resist Technique, Florals, Friendship, Kuretake, Kuretake Zig Clean Color Real Brush pens, Super Sentimental, Tim Holtz, Water Colored Cards

Altenew Crown Blooms

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I finally opened my bottle of Tim Holtz Distress Resist Spray which came in my Simon Say’s Stamp June card kit, and had fun making a bunch of backgrounds!  For this one I used a cool grid stencil and then sponged Shaded Lilac, Iced Spruce and Fossilized Amber distress oxide inks over it!  This card also features my brand new Altenew stamp set called Crown Blooms and I just love the images!  
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I stamped the flower and leaf using Brutus Monroe‘s fabulous Raven Detail ink onto Bristol Smooth card stock, then enjoyed coloring with my Zig markers!  I didn’t buy the dies because I intended to use my Scan N Cut machine to cut the images but wasn’t very successful with that, so ended up fussy-cutting.  I stamped the little cluster of flowers onto the background several times then arranged my blossom and leaf over them.  The addition of a few coordinating pearly-thingies were a pretty accent!  
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This little sentiment is from Brutus Monroe‘s Super Sentimental set and I heat-embossed it in white onto a strip of black card stock then adhered it to the blossom with bits of foam tape.  Lastly, I mounted the whole panel to a base card of lovely gray Bazzill card stock.  I know I’m going to really enjoy making more cool backgrounds and using my new Altenew set!  
Bootiful Tulips, Brutus Monroe, Copics, Distress Oxides, Florals, Friendship, Spring, Super Sentimental, Technique Tuesday, Tim Holtz

Boots N’ Tulips!

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One of the really fun things about being on social media sites in the stamping world is the card challenges!  This sweet little pair of boots is from  Bootiful Tulips by Technique Tuesday and I colored them up for Kathy Racoosin’s 30 Day Coloring Challenge!   I used my Copic markers in reds, aqua, yellow and greens then cut them out to put into a card.  
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I decided to keep it simple by brushing on Distress Oxide ink in Squeezed Lemonade onto a white card base, using a very soft makeup brush to create a background for the boots.  I then attached the boots with some foam tape and added the cute little sentiment from Brutus Monroe‘s set called Super Sentimental.
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I really enjoyed making this simple, but colorful card!  
Brutus Monroe, Copics, Florals, Friendship, Gina Marie Designs, Penny Black, Stitched Rectangle Dies, Super Sentimental, Sweet Perfume

Copics and Penny Black Sweet Perfume

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I’ve been using my new Copic alcohol markers and learning a little more each time about how they blend.  This image is called Sweet Perfume by Penny Black and after stamping it with gray ink I really enjoyed coloring it with Copics!  
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Part of the fun of coloring these gorgeous flowers is to choose my color scheme!  I decided to leave to leave the smaller blossoms “uncolored” by just adding shades of gray.  I like how they recede into the background and let the larger blooms have the spotlight!  I’m still working on blending and need to add some lighter shades of markers to my collection in order to transition from light to dark more effectively.

 

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Once I finished coloring, I trimmed down my panel with a Gina Marie Designs Stitched Rectangle die, then dug around in my paper stash and found this zig-zag paper which is from a Simon Says Stamp package!  I often save bits from my mail and this piece coordinates perfectly with my card!
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The final touch was to heat-emboss the sentiment from Brutus Monroe‘s set, Super Sentimental (which by the way is SUPER versatile with SO many sentiments!!) onto a scrap of the packaging paper, add a layer of the gray card stock behind it, then lift it with a piece of foam tape and add a little green jewel!  I think the colorful flowers are balanced nicely with the soft gray card stock, don’t you?