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Shiny, happy…

…cardmaking! You do not want to miss this amazing collaboration from Brutus Monroe & Thermoweb! Introducing “Magical Monarchs.” This collection has something for everyone…if you love foiling—and even if you don’t! There’s something for every crafter. It includes stamps, dies, toner sheets and a stencil that all coordinate. And the coolest new product ever…Magical Shattered Glass Foil Transfer Sheets! They are a transparent foil sheet that looks like iridescent broken glass and allows whatever is underneath to show through. But it gets even better…it works with Brutus Monroe Chroma Glaze! That means whatever color Chroma Glaze you use will show through the foil but will have a new, unique look to it. Just like on this orange and yellow butterfly I created.

On this card, I stamped the solid butterflies in Raven Black Detail ink. Next I used the detail stencil with yellow and orange Chroma Glaze. Once dry, I die cut it with the solid butterfly die. I ran it through the laminator with Magical Shattered Glass Foil. The flowers around the the edges of the background are also from the stamp set. I used Green and Yellow Green Aqua Pigments to color it.

As you can see from this card, Magical Shattered Glass Foil works great with all the different color Chroma Glazes that Brutus Monroe offers. Here I used it on the background over swirls of Chroma Glaze used with the Deco Flower stencil. For the butterfly on the left, I repeated the process from the card above using purple and pink Chroma Glazes. For the butterfly on the right I used Chroma Glaze with the solid butterfly part of the stencil and then used Magical Shattered Glass Foil.

There are so many different ways to use this bundle. The card below shows two different ways I used Magical Shattered Glass Foil. I smeared various colors of Chroma Glaze on white cardstock. Once it dried, I ran it through the laminator with Magical Shattered Glass Foil and then die cut out the solid butterflies. Then I used black toner paper and ran that through with Magical Shattered Glass Foil and die cut the detail butterfly dies to layer on top. The flower images stamped on the bottom in Raven Black Detail ink are also from the “Magical Monarchs” stamp set.

This bundle has so many possibilities! Be sure to check out Brutus Monroe for all the new products and to see more ideas from the 2022 Inspiration Team.

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Come together, right now…

…over embossing powder and stamps! When the masterminds from Gina K. and Brutus Monroe come together, the results are bound to be amazing. Enter the new “Seeds of Joy” 6X8 stamp set from two of my favorite companies. This gorgeous set has a lot of options. There’s a giant flower cluster as well as a small flower. And the cutest part – a seed packet. There are also a variety of sentiments for different occasions.

But wait! There’s more. Do you love Gina K.’s Wisteria ink? Then you will love the new Wisteria Embossing Powder. This beautiful color is a perfect companion for Seeds of Joy.

I was lucky enough to be a part of the amazing collaboration. I got to explore just how wonderful these two company’s products come together. Here are the samples I created.

This background was simple to create with Brutus Monroe Blue Violet and Lilac Purple Chroma Mists. I used a wet on wet technique on Brutus Monroe Aqua Pigment Paper. I used the stitched layer die from Spring Saying Dies. (That was part of the amazing Spring Release from Brutus Monroe.) The flower cluster from “Seeds of Joy” 6X8 stamp set was stamped with the new Wisteria Embossing Powder on Heat Resistant Vellum. I stamped the sentiment on my favorite black cardstock – Brutus Monroe’s Raven. I added a few black sequins for accents. I also used Raven cardstock for the layer on top of the card base.

For this rainbow card, I used the Wreath Builder from Gina K. I colored each with Copic Markers. For the background, I repeated the large cluster on Raven cardstock with Alabaster embossing powder. The same supplies were used for the sentiment.

For this card, I tool a much simpler approach. The image and sentiment were stamped with Raven Detail Ink on Perfect Blend Alcohol Marker Cardstock. I colored the image with Copics, then ran it through my die cut machine with a textured embossing folder.

This card was fun and easy. Again using Perfect Blend Alcohol Marker Cardstock, I stamped the images on the background with Catherine Pooler inks and then used blending brushes to gently brush color over each flower. I gently splattered water. I also used the brushes to brush colors over the seed packet. I masked the “Seeds of Joy” strip to keep it pure white. I matted each panel on Raven cardstock and put them on a card base. I added some Fabulous Fibers and Acrylic Bubbles for some decorative elements.

This was another simple yet elegant card to create. I stamped the large flower cluster with Raven Detail Ink on Perfect Blend Alcohol Marker Cardstock. Then I used masking Paper to mask off the flowers. I blended the background with Catherine Pooler inks and splattered then with water. Then I splattered gold paint before removing the masks. I stamped the sentiment and added black sequins for some decorative details.

I really enjoyed creating with this fabulous collaborative set from Gina K. and Brutus Monroe along with the new Wisteria Embossing Powder. I am sure these won’t last, so grab your today!

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April Flowers

I know the saying is really “April Showers…” but at Brutus Monroe, April brings flowers! The stamp of the month for April is “Love Grows Here.” If you want to receive a new stamp in your mailbox each month for only $5, you can sign up here. And for only $5 more, you can join Stamp Club+ and receive the coordinating dies.

For this project, I used the stencil from March’s Stencil of the Month club called Delicate Floral. I blended the colors using inks from Catherine Pooler. Then I stamped the flowers from this cute set in Embossing Ink and heat embossed with Raven Embossing Powder.

If you’d like to get a surprise in your mailbox each month, Brutus Monroe has amazing subscription options for every budget!

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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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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.