Birthday, Brutus Monroe, Distress Inks, Fourth of July, Summer, Super Sentimental, Tim Holtz

Happy Birthday, America!

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My first Inspiration Team Challenge is Envelope Art and I knew I wanted to make something patriotic!  I’ve had this retired Stampin’ Up set for a very long time and it was perfect for this project!  The first thing I did was to clear-emboss the stars onto a piece of watercolor cardstock, then  silver-embossed Happy Birthday and You’re The Best from Brutus Monroe‘s Super Sentimental set.  Using Fired Brick and Faded Jeans Distress inks, I sponged the background then sponged a little Pumice Stone around the edges.  A scrunched up baby wipe, lightly tapped over the sponging made a subtle texture!
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Setting that aside, I heat-embossed my central image with silver embossing powder and tore around the edges, then sponged on more distress ink.  I found a piece of mulberry paper which I’ve had for YEARS, and placed it beneath the image, then adhered it to my card front with a bit of foam tape.  A few sequins and a white card base completed my card!
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Now for my envelope!!  I have a great stamp of the Pledge of Allegiance and stamped it twice in Pumice Stone onto the front and back of my envelope.  Lady Liberty  graces the lower right hand corner and Sent with Love (from Super Sentimental!) in black on the left corner.  I randomly stamped stars in red and blue then sponged red and blue around the edges.
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I love how this duo turned out for the Envelope Art challenge and look forward to creating more projects using Brutus Monroe’s fabulous products!

 

Baroque Background, Birthday, Brutus Monroe, Florals, Surface Inks

Brutus Monroe Baroque

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Welcome to my blog!  I’m still on a bit of a high from making it public today that I’ve recently joined the Brutus Monroe Inspiration Team!  AND!  My first order of stamps and supplies arrived today, so I had to sit right down and play!  I was sad to realize that this gorgeous Baroque Background stamp is about to retire; thankfully, there are more very elegant stamps on the website so be sure to check it out!  Anyway, I also ordered some of the Surface Inks and can I just say “WOW!!!”  I can’t believe how richly pigmented the color is!!  For this card I used Terra Cotta ink and sponged it around the edges of my gold-embossed panel.  I then sponged on a little Sidewalk ink to the center.

 

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Deciding to keep the background as the main focal point, I gold-embossed Happy Birthday from Break The Rules set onto a strip of vellum.  Two shiny gold brads accent the sides!
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The red and gold really pop against the white base card and a panel of gold metallic paper in between was the perfect way to join them!  I loved using my new Brutus Monroe stamps and inks and can’t wait to make another card!  Till then, thank you for visiting!
Altenew, Beautiful Day, Birthday, Brutus Monroe, Florals, Gina Marie Designs, Kuretake Zig Clean Color Real Brush pens, Manhattan Flower, Stampin Up, Stitched Rectangle Dies, Super Sentimental, Water Colored Cards

Glorious Rose and Gold

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It’s been wickedly hot here in Vermont the last few days and will continue to be so for the rest of the week!  We don’t own a pool so I’m keeping cool in my stamp room!  Sometimes I have no idea which direction my creativity will take me and today was like that.  I sat at my desk wondering what on earth to work on, so began searching through my stamps for something I haven’t used much.  I came across this wonderful striped background stamp called Cabana Stripes by Echo Park Paper Co.  One of my favorite design combos is stripes with florals so that’s what I decided to do!
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Upon further searching around, I came across one 12X12 sheet of this beautiful soft rose cardstock and it inspired my color choices for this card!  Rose and gold!!  So feminine and so elegant!  This called for Altenew‘s Beautiful Day set!  I began by heat-embossing the outline images in gold onto Bristol Smooth card stock, and chose Zig colors of soft pink, peach, flesh and ochre.  (I’ve been using my Copic markers so much lately, that I forgot how much I love Zigs!)  When I finished coloring, I used Beautiful Day dies to cut them out.
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Anyway, setting the blossoms aside, I inked up Cabana Stripes with Versamark and stamped it onto another piece of Bristol Smooth paper, then added gold embossing powder.  I LOVE that the stamp didn’t adhere 100% so it left these wonderful “distressed” looking spots with no color!  I just bought Tim Holtz’ Tattered Rose distress oxide ink, so tapped some onto my craft mat, spritzed with water then tapped my panel into the ink.  After drying it, I trimmed the panel down with Gina Marie Designs Stitched Rectangle dies and adhered it to my base card upon which I’d used Stampin Up’s Manhattan Flower embossing folder.  I think that nicely compliments the blossoms and adds even more texture!  Next I arranged my die-cut pieces and mounted them with layers of foam tape.  Lastly,  I gold-embossed the simple yet sweet sentiment from Brutus Monroe‘s Super Sentimental set onto a strip of the rose card stock and tucked it in along the left side.  Voila! A combination of stamps from a variety of companies to create one gorgeous card!  Now…who’s birthday is coming up…?!  😀

 

 

Bouquet For You, Copics, CTMH Stamps, Florals, Stampendous

It’s A Cover Up!

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Oh, how I’m loving my Copic markers!  This beautiful image is actually one small cluster of flowers from A Bouquet For You by Stampendous.  I stamped and masked them several times to fill the space, leaving room for a sentiment.  Alas, when I finished coloring, I noticed that I’d inadvertently left a mark from the yellow marker right in the middle!!  UGH!!
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I was pretty disappointed to have to add something to cover it!  When I posted this on Instagram, I got many great suggestions for ways to fix the “boo-boo” from “glue on a butterfly or a sequin” to “use a sand eraser to remove it” to “fussy-cut the flowers from the panel and mount them onto another base card”, all great ideas!  Sadly, I’d already adhered my panel to the base card with strips of foam tape, so fussy-cutting wasn’t an option without making a mess of my scissors!   I went ahead and stamped my sentiment from CTMH, a retired set I recently bought from a Facebook group.
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As you can see, I did glue on a teensy flower and although it does the trick, it’s not quite the look I was going for!  But in the end, whoever receives this card will never know my “dilemma” and will love it just the way it is!  And I do love the yellow blossom against the white background!
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It’s so great to bring my cards outside and pose them amidst the flowers on our deck; I think the sunshine and greenery add a nice touch to my photos and just enhance the beautiful cards!
Beautiful Flowers, Birthday, Brutus Monroe, Copics, Florals, Gina Marie Designs, Simon Says Stamp, Stitched Rectangle Dies, Super Sentimental, Thank You

Simon Says Stamp’s Beautiful Flowers Doubled!

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Aaaaand, I’m BACK with yet another card using the wonderful Beautiful Flowers by Simon Says Stamp!!  This time in shades of pink on a warm yellow background!  I stamped the image several times on my card stock, arranging the blossoms to form a background.  And then the fun began!  It takes me so long to color with Copics, adding layer upon layer of color, blending, shading, adding more color, doing more blending…it’s so relaxing and so satisfying!
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Unfortunately, my markers occasionally leaked out too much ink and made a blob!!  Argh!!  But I was too committed to stop and start over!  OH well…
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It’s amazing to me how beautiful the backside of Copics coloring is!  I did end up making color copies of both the front and back so I can use them in more cards and not waste this gorgeousness!  😀
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To create this card, I used my Gina Marie Stitched Rectangle dies and cut the panel down then cut a smaller panel from the center.  To make the frame above, I used yet another die (the next size smaller) to cut the center out of the inside die-cut.  Does that make sense?  I attached a piece of white card stock behind the frame after stamping my sentiment and a teeny bit of the Beautiful Flowers stamp.  I had adhered the larger panel to a layer of green then onto a soft yellow base card.  I then popped the frame up with a piece of fun foam.  I really love that beautiful frame on this card!
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I definitely got creative with THIS version!  After cutting my panel down with the Stitched Rectangle die, I also die-cut the center, then cut it down AGAIN, using several sizes of the dies!  I stamped the blossoms all over the white card base in black ink, then layered on my die-cut pieces to form a “window” which features the sentiment from Brutus Monroe‘s Super Sentimental set!  So how’s that for a double whammy?!  🙂
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!