Gnome pun intended, this new Sparkle Blend from Doodles Paper Playground makes the cut. “You Make the Cut” is full of so many gorgeous elements, it will never be cut. The metallic scissors alone are enough to make this a truly unique blend. I instantly thought scrapbooking and paper crafting, but this blend could be used for a hair dresser, seamstress, or anyone you want to let know they made the cut.
When you take a close look, you find so many surprises not noticed at first glance. This blend has an iridescent glow that makes it shine from within. The various sequins, pastel pearls and discs and even the pale green shards make this mix shine. The color palette is not to be missed. I used Photoplay’s “Crafting with my Gnomies” stamp set to create this crafty themed card. The background was made with a Photoplay stencil from the same line. I inked it in Alabaster ink from Brutus Monroe.
The rest of the card came together pretty simply. I stamped the “You Are Awesome” stamp in embossing ink and heat embossed it with Mermaid Tail embossing powder. I fussy cut and popped it with adhesive dots. Once I put the card together, the final touch was some rhinestones to balance out the plain side of the card with the stenciled background. If you’d like to check out more amazing stencils from Brutus Monroe go here. And here you can find all the different colors and finishes of Brutus Monroe Glazes.
Take a close look and you will see some amazing, unexpected pieces in this blend. The deep color palette is so rich that you would never expect to see bright pink gemstones or pale green owls. Yet all those different pieces come together to make this an exquisite blend of feathery delight. My favorite part of this blend is definitely the feathers. So naturally I chose to use a bird stamp. However, I wanted to keep it fun since there are pops of bright colors in this blend. That is reflected in the Copics I chose to color the birds. I tried to match all the bright bolds.
The time has finally come! My crafty dreams have come true. Today is my debut as a designer for Brutus Monroe’s Inspiration Team. For our first project, we were asked to create something that represents our style. Brutus Monroe is definitely my style which just adds to the excitement of being part of their team. However, I had nothing. No thoughts or ideas. So how did I get inspired. This is how.
I made a mess. I grabbed my basket of Brutus Monroe goodies and laid it all out in front of me. All the good stuff. Glazes. Powders. Aqua Pigments. Sprays. Oh my. Then I started playing. Spraying. Dripping. Splattering. Getting my hands dirty. That’s how the creativity comes. Once I start seeing the colors and feeling the textures and smelling the smells. Yes, I said smelling. All of it. I get lost in a world of mixed media.
I chose my color palette based on some of my favorite colors. I wanted to combine inky and grungy with a contrast of class and elegance. Just like me. LOL! I started blending my background on my favorite blending paper. I used pinks and turquoise then finished off with a shade of my favorite color, purple. This grungy panel needed some shimmer so I splattered it with Shimmer Mist. Next I had to add the elegance to it. So I chose the Butterfly Heart stencil. To contrast the elegant and delicate butterflies, I used Purple Galaxy Glaze.
This glaze on top of the inked background created the exact contrast of grunge and beauty I was looking for. The amazing thing about Galaxy Glaze is how it shines and changes color in the light. You would never think that murky, grey paste would dry to something so stunning.
So you can see why Brutus Monroe products fit my style. There is a huge variety of mediums, papers, embellishments, powders, etc. to fit any style crafter. I hope you’ll follow me in the upcoming months as I showcase more of these wonderful products in my upcoming projects. Don’t forget to check out my IG for more sweet inkspiration!
I think I love these Sparkle Blends too much. And if anyone actually gets that song reference, leave a comment and I will send you a free gift.
I created this card for someone very special to me, who’s friendship is a bright ray in my life. She’s that friend that feels it with me. She loves fiercely just like I do. She rages with me when I’m angry. And we love and protect each other’s hearts – and children – as if they were our own. Maureen is a force in my life and I am so very blessed to have her as my friend. Happy Birthday Mo!
I wanted to convey something radiant. And since I am in love with this Layering Sunflower stencil from Photoplay, I thought it was the perfect match for the “Sunflower” Sparkle Blends from Doodles Paper Playground. This blend is filled with warm golden tones but has brown shimmer pieces that really make it glow. The clay slices give it a very organic feel and the small discs really balance out the colors. I loved that I was able to use the different elements on the outside of the card to accentuate different parts of my stamped image. This adorable girl and flower pot are part of “Bloom Stamp” from Sassy and Crafty. They have a very diverse, amazing selection of stamps. I used an Echo Park stencil to lightly make a background pattern with the new Salvaged Patina Distress Oxide Ink. The girl and flower were colored with Copics. The sentiment strips are Brutus Monroe’s Conversation Clippings.
I really enjoyed creating this card for a very special person. The card needed a little something extra and Sparkle Blends always do the trick!
The entire Kindred Stamps May release will be available Friday, May 28 at 8am PST/11am EST. Be sure to subscribe to the Kindred Stamps blog to see a daily line up of sneak peeks from our amazing Design Team and see the full product release on Friday! Come join the Fan Club and release event to be part of the release fun, and you may just win some Kindred Stamps credit!!
Because any night (or day) is alright for stamping. And there’s stamping fun to be had with the new “Rockin” stamp set from Kindred Stamps. This tiny stamper is sure to make you feel the music.
I started off with a basic design, repeating the character in rainbow colors and mounting it against patterned paper from the new Pride Paper Pack. The sentiment is heat embossed in white on black cardstock. And I added some rhinestones.
The life of this party is the Sparkle Blends “It’s A Party”, a great blend for any celebration. Take a close look and you will see all the fun this sequin mix provides. The shimmery base of the blend is black and white sequins. What really brings this blend to life though, is the colorful mix of party hats, cakes and streamers. The various colors make this a versatile blend that will liven up any party. Head over the shop and get the party started today!
Ready for a slice of something good? Check out “Pizza Party” Sparkle Blends from Doodles Paper Playground. This supreme blend is a perfect addition to any food themed card. It’s loaded with pizza slices, garlic, pepperoni, tomatoes, olives and so much more. The sequin colors include sparkly browns, shimmery whites and splashes of red.
The entire Kindred Stamps April release will be available Friday, April 30 at 8am PST/11am EST. Be sure to subscribe to the Kindred Stamps blog to see a daily line up of sneak peeks from our amazing Design Team and see the full product release on Friday! Come join the Fan Club and release event to be part of the release fun, and you may just win some Kindred Stamps credit!!
This month, I worked with “Perfect Match,” a fun set featuring our Kindred folk as tennis players. I used various different techniques to create a collection of cards.
Next I tried a design with no coloring. I saw this blend of colors for the background by Debbie Hughes and had to try it. I tried to let the round tennis ball be a theme. This was an experimental card and I was really happy with how it turned out. I stamped the tennis balls on the background with white ink but they didn’t show up as bright as I’d hoped so I went over them with a white gel pen and added the stitches with the white also. The tennis players were heat embossed and then die cut. I added the clay tennis balls for a pop of color.
I decided to switch it up a bit and make a slim line card. This card uses Comic Dots stencil from Kindred. I used the bottom half of the stencil and matched it up to get repeat the pattern across the card. I used Contour Ink to no-line color these cuties. The shaker is filled with clay tennis balls now available at Kindred.