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It’s been really fun to use Brutus Monroe‘s new Deco Foils in my cards the past week or so!  It’s not something I typically add and I’m really happy to be expanding my supplies and techniques!  I created this card to be featured on Brutus Monroe’s blog today, and want to share it with you here as well!  Isn’t it almost magical?!  This foil is called Tide Pool and it just shimmers with soft colors and pattern! Hence, my ocean theme!
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I used soft aqua and purple to bring out the colors in the foil. That beautifully textured embossing folder on the base card is called Waves by Spellbinders.  Using Marble clear toner sheet, I adhered the Tide Pool foil with my laminator then die-cut a circle from it.  A larger die-cut circle in dark purple gave it a nice frame which I adhered to the card base.  On a piece of watercolor cardstock, I heat-embossed in silver the coral, fish and seashell from Stampin Up’s retired By The Tide set, then colored them with my Zig markers.

 

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I arranged my pieces over the circles and attached them with glue and foam tape for dimension.  The sentiment is from Stampendous’ Laurel Burch Imagine Butterflies set and I silver embossed that onto a strip of dark purple card stock, then added a couple faux water droplets for accent.  I went a little crazy with my Crystal Effects by making more droplets all around the card, then to top it off, added sequins!  Sometimes I just can’t stop and yet, I think all the elements work well together!  I’m really happy with the overall design of this and think that the Tide Pool foil is the prettiest focal point!
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Unity Stamps Forever Beautiful

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How beautiful is this gorgeous spray of roses made by Unity Stamps?!  It’s called You Are Forever Beautiful and is on sale right now!  I chose to keep it simple by heat-embossing the image in gold onto a piece of Bristol Smooth paper, then did a wash of aqua using my Zig marker.  I adhered the panel to a base card of vanilla card stock.  
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I also embossed the sentiment in gold.  The addition of a few sequins were the final touch to this beautiful yet simple card!  
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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!  
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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.  
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Simon Says Stamp Winter Flowers

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Can you believe this is a pointsettia?! It’s from Simon Says Stamp’s Winter Flowers set and I challenged another stamper on Instagram to use it in a non-holiday way and this is my take!  Unfortunately, I embossed the image in gold onto Neenah Index white cardstock instead of heavier watercolor paper, so as you can see, my coloring pilled the paper a bit.  I used my Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers in shades of pink and peach.  Thankfully I had the coordinating dies to cut out the images, and just layered them to the faux wood panel using double-stick foam tape.  That was adhered to a base card of green Bazzill card stock.  A few sequins and a twist of gold cording, then the sentiment embossed in gold completed this fun card!

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Simon Says Stamp Kaleidoscope Leaves

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I’ve been playing with alcohol inks for over a month now, and creating many colorful and interesting prints!  My goal is to use them in my cards, and I chose this one to combine with Simon Says Stamp’s Kaleidoscope Leaves background stamp!  My first step was to cut the print down using Gina Marie Designs Stitched Rectangle die, and then I heat-embossed the background stamp in gold onto the print.  I mounted that to a layer of hot pink card stock, and then onto an A2 sized card base.
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To accent the gold embossing, I cut out Celebrate using my Sizzix Thinlits Die Set- Celebration Words by Tim Holtz from gold metallic card stock and adhered it to the panel.

 

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This is the second version of my Kaleidoscope Leaves card but this time I used Ranger Distress Oxide inks to create the colorful background!  First of all, I heat-embossed the background stamp in gold; I then pressed several colors of oxide inks onto my craft mat, spritzed with water and randomly pressed my embossed card panel into the ink, drying between colors with my Ranger heat tool.  When I was satisfied with the results, I did the same thing with a strip of card stock to make the base for the letters.

 

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I mounted the strip onto a piece of gold metallic cardstock and attached the cut-out letters remaining from the first card.  Finally, I adhered all the layers to a base card of dark blue.

 

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