Thursday, August 17, 2017

Three Amigos-Jack Inspiration


Popping in for some quick inspiration for the August 2017 Jack Inspiration Challenge at Three Amigos!  Here I used it for a 'masculine'? card... I mean.. yeah... it has flowers but my husband would expect nothing less from me...lol!

I'm also playing along with the Color My Heart Color Dare Challenge #256!  You still have today to whip something up... I made this one in about half an hour... you've got like 11!  And Three Amigos runs all month so if you create something, link up to both!


I just love this stamp set called My Anchor from CTMH... I think it's retired now, but I still love it.  It was a stamp and die set and I'm so glad I got the dies for these since some of the cuts wouldn't work with my Brother.  There are a few stamp and die sets retiring at the end of this month so check them out!  You can find them here!


I very rarely do too much planning so I had my background layers down and then wasn't sure how I was going to incorporate the peacock... it's such a dark blue and so close to black... so just using it and the Juniper for accents worked out well... 

So yeah.. play along!


What A Hoot and Winner Winner!


Popping in today with a card I made using some of the stuff I got in my Brutus Monroe Fall What A Hoot Inspiration Box last week!   I also used a few other items that I'll talk about in a bit... but first... this box!  It was $29.99 and included this cool Owl Die and an awesome stamp set with an owl and some great sentiments on it.  Lots more included in it and you can click on the name above if you want to see everything... but you will be seeing it all sometime soon... gonna have some fun with this one!

I love the frame die I won a while ago on a friend's blog and I knew I wanted to use it for this post because she was one of the names I picked from my July 100 Followers Celebration!  Theresa McKinney has been a wonderful bloggy friend and we've been stopping by each others' blogs for quite some time now and I'm so excited to send her a little surprise!  You should check out Theresa's blog here too


Isn't that Brutus Monroe Owl Die cool!?... and so is the frame die.  It's from Poppy Stamps and the embossing probably should be a little more pronounced and I'll have to go check out the website to find out how to get better results from it, but I'm pretty happy with it the way it is too.. with everything else going on on this card, I really didn't need a deep and in your face embossing.

And that cool second layer?  That is some packing from a Tim Holtz something or other... I almost always save the backing from those products because they're always so pretty!  The background inside my shaker is a watercolored and stamped and embossed piece I've had hanging around for a while, and it was perfect for this project.


I am in love with the fonts on the sentiments from the set that came in the Inspiration Box... and I also purchased some Gilded Gold embossing powder from the Brutus Monroe shop and I LOVE it!  I used it to emboss this sentiment.

And I decided to pick two names for my 100 follower giveaway and the second winner is Julie Tucker-Wolek!  Julie and I have been bloggy friends for a while now too and we visit each other quite often.  She makes lots of awesome scrapbook pages and albums along with a splash of adorable cards and sometimes you even get some repurposed furniture... or a beautiful home decor piece... or a project for a birthday party.  You should check out Julie's blog here!

Thanks so much to everyone who stopped by in July and hope to see you often!  I love when you stop by and if you let me know you've been here and I can find you I'll come and visit you too!


Just a few more details for today's card:  I used some gold dotted acetate for the shaker window and love the added sparkle along with a CDD mix and some little gold stars.  I added some Inka Gold to the edges of my base and the frame die and love the look of it.

So thanks for stopping by!  Hope you enjoyed this and if you are new to Brutus Monroe you should really check out the website!  I am in love with so much of the stuff over there... I signed up for the Stamp of the Month ... it's only $5 a month and I'm surprised with a cute little stamp set each month... it's fun!  Hoping to post something made with the August one soon.... come back!

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Camp Create Day 2: Magnificent Masking


I'm back for Day 2 of MFT Camp Create: Magnificent Masking!  I'm using some new stamps I got from Victorine Originals today....


I don't know why I love Alice in Wonderland images so much... but I do and when I found these stamps over at Victorine Originals I knew I must have some (preferrably all-but at least some) of them!  Here's how I created my background using masking (yes... I actually remembered to take a couple pics along the way!)


I started with a piece of white cardstock a little larger than what I knew I'd want... I like to have the option of cutting down the piece or diecutting it after I'm done.  I used some washi tape (I have plenty of it!) and placed it down in diagonal stripes on the paper.  Then I took my Milled Lavender Distress Ink and blended it in the open white areas.  When that was done, I peeled the tape off and tossed it.


Then I took some fresh washi and placed it the opposite way across my inked lines... I decided to alternate skinny and wide rows for the darker color and once it was inked and the washi was peeled off I was so happy I did... LOVE the look of it.  My last step was to splatter some water droplets over the whole thing and blot off the excess water to distress it just a tiny bit... you can see that in the finished photo...


Just love this White Rabbit stamp from Victorine Originals!  And that scalloped rectangle is from My Favorite Things... it's a set of varying sizes and I used the second largest here but cut it in vellum so as not to completely cover up my background masterpiece...lol!


Let's face it... I usually am, so I'm sure this card will come in handy fairly soon...lol!  The sentiment is available at Victorine Originals also and the banner was cut using my oh so frequently used CDD Flag Banner Dies...


I used a little bit of beautiful purple seam binding from  and my favorite fabric hearts from Fun Stampers Journey.

I'm joining in on the Victorine Originals Purple Challenge... it's not too late to play... you have about a day left and you don't have to use Victorine Originals stamps to play along!  And do be sure to check out MFT Camp Create... learning and creating!  Can't ask for anything more!  Shopping?  Well, you can do that too!...lol!





Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Paper Sweeties August 2017 New Release Rewind!


It's time for the Release Rewind over at Paper Sweeties where we use the new sets with some of the awesome previously released sets in the shop (my favorite!).  Looks like we're flying high in the sky again today!

I am using the August VIP Thank You Stamp Set and Sweet Cut along with the Party Time Stamp and Die sets and the Sweeties Pets Stamp Set.


I decided to use the larger balloons from the Party Time set this time and I stamped them on Copic friendly paper and colored them with my copics...


I stamped my sentiment on the banner from the Hoppy Easter set....


Isn't that pretty kitty so sweet floating around in the basket from the VIP Thank You set?

Did you get yours yet??  You can get both the stamp set and the die free this month!  Spend $25 in the shop and receive the stamp set and spend $50 total and get the die too!


Now check out these places!


And don't forget about this!





MFT Camp Create Day I: Inlaid Made Easy

 So excited to be playing along with this round of MFT Camp Create!  5 Days of awesome projects and lots of prizes to win!  Today is Day 1 and it's all about inlaying dies... there is a very cool video here if you aren't sure how to get started!  When I saw the first project I immediately thought of some of the awesome Paper Smooches dies that lend themselves perfectly to this technique!


I love these dies because they cut out the outline and then all of the pieces.  I started by taking a white piece of paper and cut the flower out of the center.  This is the Houseplant Die from Paper Smooches.  I kept all of the pieces in white and used my Zig watercolor markers to color each of the pieces.  The other option would be to cut the flower a few times from some different colors of paper, but I really liked the idea of just coloring the pieces...



I flipped over the paper that I diecut the flower out of onto my workspace.  As I colored each piece in, I placed it into the negative space where it belonged, like putting together a puzzle.  After I filled in all of the spaces, I used some scotch tape to hold the pieces together and when I was done I could flip over the piece and all of the inserted parts stayed put!  This was so much fun and I am definitely going to do this again... thinking of the Paper Smooches cactus die!!


I had this Hello Sunshine diecut cut with a Stamplorations die sitting on my table ... a leftover from a previous project that was rejected because believe it or not... it was too sparkly!  Whaaaaat?  Yeah... I knew I'd use it somewhere else thought so I saved it... and I was right because it was perfect for this project.



Hope you enjoyed it here and please do check out the Camp Create posts... it is so much fun to learn new techniques and/or get tips on easier ways to do them at the very least!  





Monday, August 14, 2017

Paper Sweeties August 2017 New Release Party!


It's Release Day over at Paper Sweeties!  Today I've used the new A Friend Is Stamp Set and Sweet Cuts with the cup from the But First, Coffee and cute little hearts from the Over The Rainbow sets.


I knew the dies from the A Friend Is Sweet Cuts would be awesome to use for felt flowers.  And I took inspiration from Dana Warrens Brew And Craft Your Stash post on the Coffee Loving Cardmaker's Blog last week and used up some buttons from my stash for the centers of the flowers.


Sounds like just the right recipe to me!


Love cutting my leaves from some colored vellum...

Thanks so much for stopping by today!  You can get all of the new stuff in the shop today!  And don't forget you can get the VIP Thank You Stamp and Die set free with purchase.. spend $25 and get the stamp set and spend $50 total and get both the stamp and the die!


Be sure to check out what all of my teamies have created for you today:


And don't forget to play along with us this month!