art impressions, Distress Inks, Distress Oxides, Florals, Long-stemmed Rose Bud, Long-stemmed Rosebud, Spring, Stencils, Tim Holtz, Water Colored Cards

Card Collaboration!

Have you ever collaborated to make a card?! I recently did just that with three stamping friends and together we created this gorgeous card! Let me tell you about it! I started the card (see below) and mailed it to Lynne. No one knew who would get the card next and after we each added our touch, we snapped a picture and mailed it onward!
Lynne chose the perfect image to go with the soft spring colors!
I’m loving this more and more! That ribbon next to the burlap is so unexpected and such a lovely contrast of textures and styles!
Theresa was the last one to receive the card and said she was a but unsure of how to finish it with a bang! But she nailed it! I’ve never used micro-beads before and I love the additional texture they contribute to the card!
I love all the vertical lines in a row; the beads, the twine, the rose stem, the ruffle and the burlap. And Hope accents it all beautifully and horizontally!
Here’s a final look at our creation! I hope this inspires you to choose some friends to collaborate with too! Thanks for visiting!
Christmas, Create A Pointsettia, Distress Inks, Distress Oxides, Mini Swirly Snowflakes, Snowflake Bigz Die, Stampendous, Tim Holtz

Snowflake Mania!

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Do you have a friend who creates beautiful things and makes you want to have what she has?!  Well, Theresa is that friend of mine and she’s a fabulous card maker!  I love her style of cards and she recently made a bunch using Tim Holtz’ Snowflake Bigz die!  So, you know…I had to have it, found it on ebay and bought it!  Thanks a lot, friend!!  😀  It’s not a thin metal die, but a big chunky one which meant I had to adjust the “sandwich” in my Cuttlebug!  But it’s easy to use and comes with an embossing folder which makes all the snowflake-y lines!  

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For this first card, I cut the snowflake twice, once from snowflake patterned paper and a second one from vellum and then ran them through the Cuttlebug with the embossing folder.  Setting those aside, I used the flip-side of that same patterned paper for my card background.  It has a beautiful snowy scene with trees and I thought it’d look great with the flake!  I adhered that to a base card of blue and heat-embossed the sentiment in silver directly to the panel.  Next, I added some glitter glue to the snowflake for some sparkle and attached a pretty gem in the center.  When that was dry, I glued it onto my card!  Easy as pie!  

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My second card is all a glow with my snowflake cut from gold foil card stock!   Again, I embossed the lines onto it then attached it to a panel of gold and cream patterned paper.  That went over a layer of more gold foil and onto a cream base card.  I heat-embossed the sentiment in gold onto a scrap then layered it onto a scrap of gold. 

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A cream and gold pearl brad completed my gilded snowflake card!  I love how the light shines on the gold!  

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For my third card, I die-cut the snowflake from a piece of rose-colored glitter card stock and set it aside.  I found patterned paper to coordinate and heat-embossed Tim Holtz’ Mini Swirly Snowflakes in silver onto a panel I’d cut to fit my card front.  I also sponged Aged Mahogany distress ink around the edges of the paper AND the snowflake!  

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My sentiment is from Stampendous’ Create A Pointsettia and I also embossed that in silver onto a scrap of white card stock, then sponged more Aged Mahogany around it’s edges!  I adhered the snowflake to the card front then added the sentiment with a bit of foam tape for lift.  

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My final snowflake card is much more subdued and yet is just as beautiful!  Again, patterned paper sets the tone and I just love this one!  I cut the snowflake from a piece of retired Stampin Up paper (no idea of the name!) then sponged Walnut distress ink around the edges.  My background paper also got Walnut around the edges.  I attached it to a white card base then added the snowflake.  

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Instead of a jewel, I thought this sentiment would go beautifully so stamped it with Peacock Feathers distress oxide ink and clear-embossed over it.  I trimmed it down to a little banner and sponged Walnut ink around the edges.  I really love the rich colors here and think that this is actually my favorite of all the cards!  Which one is yours?!  Thanks for visiting!  

Brutus Monroe, Christmas, Create A Pointsettia, Distress Inks, Florals, Stampendous, Surface Sprays, Tim Holtz, Water Colored Cards

Christmas Splendor

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I’ve been madly stamping Christmas cards and all sorts of things as I prepare for an upcoming craft fair in late November!  I was inspired by a youtube video I watched the other day using Saran Wrap to get a fabulous background, so decided to try it!   I’m pretty tickled with how this card came out so I made two! 

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The first thing I did was spread out a large piece of Saran Wrap on my craft mat, wrinkling it up a bit.  I then spritzed it with Wagon Surface Spray and laid a panel of watercolor paper onto it.  Oooh!!  The texture!!  After drying it with my heat tool, I created another layer but this time using Phonebook Surface Spray, and a third layer of Jurassic Surface Spray!  The colors are so brilliant and pigmented!!  

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I thought that Stampendous’ Create A Pointsettia would look great on the background, so inked it up with Raven Detail Ink and stamped it out.  

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My next step was to paint the blossom which I did by tapping Aged Mahogany Distress Ink onto my craft mat then using a watery brush, adding several layers of color.  I filled in the holly leaves as well with Peeled Paint.  (Now, why didn’t I think to paint with the Surface Sprays?!)  As you can see, the card above is layered with a die-cut panel of gold foil card stock.  

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When this panel was dry, I coated the whole blossom with a heavy glaze of Ranger Glossy Accents and again, set it aside to dry.

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I came back to it later on and added Gold Nuvo Drops to the flower center and the berries, then let it dry again.  I trimmed it down with Stitched Rectangle Dies.  Because my image is so splendidly vibrant I kept it simple and attached it to a plain white card base.  I’ll stamp a holiday sentiment inside.  

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Just look at all that glossiness and shine!  Who knew that simple Saran Wrap and some Surface Sprays would yield such gorgeous results?!  

Brick Wall Background, Brutus Monroe, Christmas, Distress Inks, Distress Markers, Distress Oxides, Distress Resist Spray, Emboss Resist Technique, Hit The Brick background stamp, Holiday Greens dies, Lunchbag 100lb cover cardstock, Surface Inks, Tim Holtz, Unity Stamps, Water Colored Cards

Cozy Country Christmas

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Can I just say I’m in love??!!  I’ve been playing with my spankin’ new Unity/Brutus Monroe Hit The Brick background stamp and having SO MUCH FUN!!  I have so many ideas of ways to use this one!  Yesterday I laid out three panels of watercolor card stock, then covered my Brick stamp with a heavy layer of Ranger’s Distress Resist Spray and stamped it onto the stock.  The card above is the first one I did, and the spray was so saturated on the stamp that it lost some of it’s detail.  The second one was a better image and the third one was perfect!  BUT!  There was no way I was going to waste this one and here’s what I made!

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So, here are my three panels after stamping out the Hit The Brick background, as mentioned above.  Not a great picture but you get the idea!

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I sponged on these colors: Suede Surface ink, Terracotta Surface ink and Walnut Stain Distress Oxide.  The Resist Spray is VERY resistant so the shiny parts didn’t take the ink very well.

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My finished panel; I didn’t love it but was hopeful I could make something beautiful with it!

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I decided to cut out the center of my panel with Oval Stitched dies and create a “window”~ but what to place in my window?  After trying out several stamps, I settled on this one by Stampendous called Cozy Cottage which I stamped on a separate piece of Bristol Smooth watercolor paper using Gathered Twigs Distress ink.  I then “painted” over the lines with a watery brush to create the soft sepia look and added a little color using Distress Markers.

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Then I realized that this would make a great shaker card!  I’ve only made a few with much angst and frustration, but this one came together beautifully!  I attached a piece of acetate to the backside of the window, then built a wall of foam tape going all around the back of the sponged panel to hold in the “snow” which is actually Ultra Thick Clear Embossing powder!!  I added a few sequins and micro beads as well!  Can you see them?  Anyway, I got all the pieces and parts in the correct order and voila!  A shaker panel!

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I found the perfect patterned paper to attach the panel to, then mounted it to a card base of Brutus Monroe’s Lunchbag card stock!  The final touch was a few sprigs of Tim Holtz’ Holiday Greens holly touched up with a bit of Gathered Twigs distress oxide ink and three little “berries”!   Now, isn’t this a lovely scene framed by that amazing Brick background?!

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Unity is still holding their awesome giveaway!  You have until October 1st to comment on any of the blogs which participated in the blog hop for a chance to win!  Here’s the link to their blog with the lineup!  On October 2nd, they’ll choose the lucky winners!  I hope it’s you!!  

 

Brutus Monroe, Designer Toner Sheets, Distress Inks, Distress Oxides, Seeing Stars, Simon Says Stamp, Tim Holtz

Journey To The Stars

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Welcome to my blog!  Today I have a couple of cards to share which I made using Brutus Monroe’s Designer Toner Sheets!  The package comes with four sheets in all, two of which are printed on white paper and I used Marble for my cards!  My new laminating machine ate two of my recent projects and one is currently stuck in the machine, waiting for attention from my hubby!  Since I couldn’t use foil on these, I wanted to show that you don’t NEED a laminator to use these awesome products!  Let me tell you how I made my cards!  First of all, I trimmed down the toner sheet to fit my A2 card, then sponged distress oxide inks in various colors over the pattern, ending with a layer of Black Soot.  The paper has a very smooth surface so I wiped any excess ink off with a paper towel.  How cool is that?!  We all love making galaxy cards, right?!

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I always like to spatter drops of water over oxide inks for the effect it gives, so I did that and then spattered white paint to depict the galaxy of stars.  I have a really fun space set and heat-embossed the planet stamp, colored it with some Zig markers, then sponged a little more Black Soot over it to tone it down.  Having recently received some great products from Thermoweb, I adhered my planet with their 3D Foam Squares which was SO much easier than my usual cutting pieces of foam tape, getting my scissors all gummed up!  I added Wink of Stella clear glitter ink to the card for a little sparkle!

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The space stamp set also came with this JOURNEY sentiment (I wish I knew who makes the set but it was secondhand to me!) and I heat-embossed it directly to the card front in white.  I’ll be happy to get my laminating machine fixed but in the meantime, it’s good to know I can still use these great toner sheets!

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I wasn’t going to share this card because my heat-embossing got a little messy, but it shows the galaxy pattern with a little less black ink covering up the colors!  The constellation stamps are from Simon Say’s Stamp’s Seeing Stars.  Brutus Monroe has a great assortment of toner sheet designs, so be sure to check them out!  Thanks for visiting today!

Brutus Monroe, Deco Foils, Distress Inks, Distress Oxides, Drybrush Deco Foil Transfer Sheets, Kuretake Zig Clean Color Real Brush pens, Masculine Cards, Road Trip, Stenciled Cards, Surface Inks, Tim Holtz

Tim Holtz Meets Brutus Monroe!

 

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I know I can’t be the only stamper out there who thinks that Tim Holtz and Brutus Monroe products would compliment each other wonderfully!  I paired them up in this card and love the results!  Let’s talk about what happened here!  

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Starting on a base card of Lunchbox cardstock, I placed my grid stencil over it, then covered just a section of it with Deco Foil Transfer gel.  I wiped off the excess then removed the stencil and let the gel dry to tackiness.  I didn’t have my heat laminator at that point, so I just pressed the sheet of Drybrush Transfer Foil onto the tacky gel and rubbed it with a credit card to transfer the foil.  I then turned the foil around to make the design go in the opposite direction and rubbed on some more.  What a cool look!  

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I heat-embossed the main image from Tim Holtz’ Road Trip set onto a piece of watercolor cardstock, then colored it in with Zigs, roughed up the edges with my scissors and sponged some Raven Detail ink to make it pop.  On my base card with the foiled design, I stamped out the tire tracks with Hickory Smoke distress oxide ink, then stamped the other images in the background to fill in the space.  

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Look at all that texture!

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I loved combining the products from two great companies!  I wonder if Tim and Christopher have met in real life?!  Perhaps a collaboration is in the future!  I hope so!  In the meantime, I hope you’ve poked around on Brutus Monroe’s website to see what new toys you’d like to play with!