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How Sweet it is…

…to be in love with Brutus Monroe products. I am loving all the fun Valentine’s images and sayings in the love-ly new release. If you haven’t checked it out yet, you can see all the sweet stuff here.

For this card, I used the Sweeter Than Candy stamp & coordinating die set. This is from the Monthly Stamp Club Plus Membership which now gives you the option of including the dies. I fussy cut my images and used the dies on foiled toner paper to give everything a shimmery outline. I colored the images with ZIG Real Brush markers. I also foiled a Card Panel to use for the background. I created dyed papers using Chroma Mists on Aqua Pigment paper. Aqua Pigment paper is perfect for wet mediums. Using Chroma Mists on it is one of my favorite techniques. It’s easy to make beautiful, bright backgrounds. I used the dyed paper to create the shaker strip across the middle of the card and for the sentiment strip. I also used some leftover pieces to die cut the tiny hearts.

I added some finishing touches with sequins and twine. I also used glossy accents to give the jar of candy shine. Creating Valentines for loved ones with products you love is easy at Brutus Monroe.
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What’s Cooking, Birthday boy?

Today I am celebrating the birthday of someone very special to me, someone who makes it possible for me to do what I love, everyday. My husband, and very own personal chef – Fred. His cooking is unmatched because he does it with his feelings. Good or bad, they go into what he cooks and sometimes the unexpected happens. Which is exactly how I feel when creating projects. So, this was a very special card that I feel honored to have created. I wanted to capture Fred’s personality in this card and with all the amazing products from Brutus Monroe, I was able to do just that.

I used several of the products from the December Inspiration box called “Sugar and Spice.” The images are from “Sugar & Spice” 6X8 stamp set which also has coordinating dies. I stamped the images with Penny Embossing Powder on Perfect Blend Paper and added some light tones with Copics. The background is from the Sugar & Spice Card Panels. I used Tea Dye and Antique Linen Distress Inks.The sentiment is from the Sugar & Spice Conversation Clippings. I added just a few bits of bling to give it some sparkle like the one in Fred’s eye when he’s serving up some love.

Below are some more examples of projects using products from the Sugar & Spice line:

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A Sweet New Year

It’s 2022 and I have a long list of crafty goals. Hopefully many of them will be sweet enough to stick. To kick off this sweet new year, I am sharing my first project for Brutus Monroe’s 2022 Inspiration Team. We are starting the year off on a sweet note with some new Valentine’s products. You can view all those here.

For this card, I used the new “Sweet Candy” stamp set. I started by embossing some of the smaller images on the background with Alabaster Sparkle Embossing Powder. Then I blended Distress Oxide Inks in Picked Raspberry and Spun Sugar, and added a bit of Seedless Preserves on the edges. I finished it off by splattering water.

All the images were stamped in Raven Ink and colored with copics. There is also a coordinating die set to go with “Sweet Candy” .

I used Salvaged Patina Distress ink on white cardstock to create a coordinating layer and die cut for the sentiment. The sentiment is also done with Alabaster Sparkle Embossing Powder. I finished it off with some glitter glue and rhinestones for a little extra sparkle.

Don’t forget to checkout all the fun new products at Brutus Monroe and check back next week for more Sweet Inkspiration!

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Something spooky this way comes…

Hey gals and ghouls, have you checked out the terrifyingly awesome new fall release at Brutus Monroe? Along with all the gorgeous autumn stamp sets and new fall Chroma Mists, fun and festive papers and creepy Halloween monsters, you will find this adorable set of “Spooky Kids.” They are sure to delight this Halloween. Take a trick-or-treating adventure with them.

This spooky Halloween treat box was made using Brutus Monroe’s Lime Pillow Boxes. Keeping it flat, I used Purple Galaxy Glaze with a star stencil. I layered a black felt doily and a circle die cut of one of the designs from the new “Happy Haunting” paper pad. I colored the witch from the Spooky Kids set with Copics and die cut a few layers to make her stand out. I added some Fabulous Fibers behind her for an accent.

To check out an interactive card I made using some of the other characters from “Spooky Kids,” check out this post. You can see the video here.

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Bark the Halls

It’s never too early to start your Christmas cards! For this design, I used Sparkle Blends in a different way besides making a shaker. I thought this die cut wreath was the perfect base to use the Holly Berry mix to create a Christmas wreathe. There are so many different pieces, it really brought the wreathe to life.

I used the holly leaves and then built on top of that with all the different reds to make berry clusters. The rhinestones and beads added even more interest.

The wreathe die is from Tim Holtz’s “Wreath & Die” Thinlets by Sizzix. The banner is from Kindred Stamps. The dog stamp, die and plaid paper are from one of my favorite Collections by Photoplay titled “Muttcracker.

Creating designs with Sparkle Blends is a great way to add pop to a card. Visit the store to get inspired!

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Just a bunch of hocus pocus

Halloween is definitely a treat with these “Spooky Kids” from Brutus Monroe. This set is part of the amazing new Fall Release.

I used two of the adorable trick or treaters from this set. This set is packed with Halloween fun with 6 different dressed up kids and four sentiments. I chose the witch and ghost for this fun, wobbly card. I colored them both with Copics. The witch is adhered with foam adhesive and the ghost is secured on a wobbler. The background that each is mounted on was created with Chroma Mists. If you want to read more about how I create Chroma Mist backgrounds check out this post.

The candy background paper is from Doodlebug’s Ghost Town Line. You can see all these products at Brutus Monroe.

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How Sweet It Is

So sweet it makes my tooth hurt! How adorable are these two cuties sitting at the ice cream parlor? Looks like they are waiting for some sweet treats, maybe some Neopolitan Ice Cream. If you take a close look in the window, that’s exactly what you’ll see. Neopolitan Sparkle Blends from Doodles Paper Playground make this card a giant scoop of fabulous.

Look close and you will see all the deliciousness this blend has to offer. From sprinkles, clay pieces, shimmers and sparkles to gold outlined ice cream cones and sundaes, this blend hits all the sweet spots. The color pallet of pinks, browns and white are reminiscent of the strawberry, chocolate and vanilla of Neapolitan ice cream. So many shapes and sizes make this blend delicious!

This cute couple is from the “Sweet Valentine” stamp set from Brutus Monroe. I stamped it in Raven Detail ink and colored with Copics. The sentiment is from Brutus Monroe’s Conversation Clippings. This set was the perfect match for Neapolitan Sparkle Blends. This blend is a previous release so supplies are limited. Head to the shop to grab yours before the sweetness runs out!
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Fall is in the (Summer) air

Are you ready for all the new Fall sneak peaks from Brutus Monroe?!? There are so many exciting, new Fall and Halloween products, it makes me crave a pumpkin latte! Check out all the fall fun.

First up is this adorable guy from the Autumn Bundles stamp set. There were so many great options with this set, the possibilities are endless. I had to make something with the cute little squirrel. I could not resist his chubby, little cheeks.

First I made the background which was really easy to do using Brutus Monroe Chroma Mists. I wanted different tones so I sprayed Bumblebee Yellow and Candy Apple Red onto a gel plate.
I spritzed a little water onto it to get the colors flowing, then dabbed a piece of smooth watercolor paper onto the plate. If you don’t have a gel plate, a craft mat or smooth surface will work just as well.
Once dry, I sprayed more Chroma Mist onto my mat and used a fan brush to splatter the background.
I stamped the squirrel on Brutus Monroe Pebble cardstock and the leaves on Brown Butter cardstock. I used pastel chalk pencils to color them becuase the colors show up on dark paper. These are a hard medium so if you look close you can see pencil marks. I felt this added to the rustic, autumn feel of the card.
Next up is a Brand New set from Brutus Monroe’s new fall line. The Fall Prairie set is a 6″ X 8″ set that is loaded with all kinds of images. There are various different leaves and tree that are perfect for building a background. Several clouds and houses that make building a scene very simple, which is what I chose to do here.
Again, I created the background for the scene, sun and hills using the same Chroma Mist technique as above. The orange background was another piece I had left over from the Autumn Bundles card. The sun was made layering only Bumblebee Yellow Chroma Mist. And the hills were made leftover pieces of the orange background that I dabbed in Seaweed Green Mermaid Mist. The clouds, trees and houses were all stamped and then colored with the chalk pastel pencils. And the sentiment was stamped in Crackling Campfire Distress Oxide ink. I used various layers of chipboard to give the scene dimension.

Fall Prairie is just one of several new releases from Brutus Monroe’s fall line. Hurry over to Brutus Monroe and see all the awesome Fall and Halloween releases. There are a ton of new 6X6 paper pads, specialty seasonal Chroma Mist, Halloween die cuts and more!

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A Flamazing Pig

I’m tickled pink over this new Sparkle Blend from Doodles Paper Playground. “You’re Flamazing” is a bright pink blend that can be used in many ways.


For this project, I wanted to a pink pig so I removed the flamingos from the blend. But, as you can see I was still able to use one as a lawn ornament. I also created a flower cluster with different elements from the blend.

To create this scene, I used the Penny the Pig Roundimal stamp and die set from Brutus Monroe. I used the die to cut the pig shape out of a piece of cardstock. Then I stamped the pig on a piece of acetate using Staz-On. The shaker is backed with pink paper. I created the scene repeating a fence stamp from “Hog Heaven” by MFT. That’s also where the stencil came from. I colored the fence and grass with Copics. For the sky I used the cloud stencil from MFT with Tumbled Glass Distress Oxide ink and blending brush.

So the moral of this story – don’t shy away from a blend just becuase it may have an element that you don’t think you will use. You can always pick apart blends and tailor them to your needs. Head over to the shop to see all the amazing possibilities.

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Let’s Hang On

Who wouldn’t want to hang on to this adorable guy? This wild guy will put a smile on anyone’s face.

This card features a few of my favorite Brutus Monroe products. For the wild background, I used the Abstract Flower stencil with Obsidian Chroma Glaze to give it the feel of being in a tree, surrounded by leaves. On the white, vertical strip, first I stamped the leaves from the “Let’s Hang” stamp and heat embossed them in Raven embossing powder. Then I used some of my favorite shades of green Aqua Pigments to paint them. On the green circle, I used Raven ink to stamp the vines from the same stamp set. The sloth from “Let’s Hang” is stamped in Raven ink and colored with Copics. I stamped him twice and fussy cut his head so I could pop it and give the card dimension. Lastly, I used Alabaster embossing powder on the sentiment.
From Aqua Pigments to glazes, from stamps to stencils, Brutus Monroe has everything you need to make you projects come to life and create your own ending. Check out the website today. New items are being added daily. Below are links to some of my favorite Brutus Monroe products.

Aqua Pigments Stay tuned! New Aqua Pigments coming soon!

Chroma Glaze

Stencils

Inspiration Box